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Excessive daytime sleepiness in nursing workers

OBJETIVE: Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is characterized by episodes of naps or moments of sleep in situations where the individual should be awake. The objective was to detect the prevalence of EDS in nursing professionals. METHODS: A transverse study was carried out, descriptive, in 226 workers in the nursing in a public hospital in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) was applied. RESULTS: It was found a prevalence of 30,09% of sleepiness. No connection was detected in the occurrence of EDS between the sexes, ages, shift work and use of hypnotics. 27,64% worked in fixed shift and 32,00% in alternating shift. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of EDS manifested among nursing professionals was shown to be high. Steps should be taken to provide treatment for this disturbance.

Excessive daytime sleepiness; prevalence; nursing

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