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Want to improve public services? We need a sleep revolution

Doctors, nurses and social workers are among those facing long night shifts which inevitability lead to lack of sleep

In Claire Blackthorn’s previous job working with homeless young people in Southampton, the residential support worker was required to be on site for 24 hours, which would involve a full shift, followed by a period of sleep, followed by another full shift. Sleeping was made extra difficult because due to antisocial behaviour and suicide attempts, which meant she often ended up working for most of the 24 hour period.

It soon began to have a knock on effect to her physical and mental …read more

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