Sleep is a beautiful thing, and I’m thankful, this morning, to be feeling well rested after a night of good quality sleep.
The other night, I watched a programme on our Canadian channel CBC, where they brought up something I’ve been wondering about for many years. Perhaps the discussion has been ongoing, and I’ve totally missed it because I don’t live in the ‘medical world’: Doctors and sleep. Quite often your hear — particularly when it comes to interns, they’ve been awake for 32 hours or even more! Working long hours in the ER, for example, where you often have big life-or-death-decisions to make … ?!
In the programme, they made tests … where they let them stay awake for a high number of hours, fastened EEG electrodes to their heads, and tested their reaction time on computers. This led me to think of a silly, little game I play sometimes on the computer; if I play it in the morning, after my first coffee, I get really good results. When I play it late at night, before going to bed, the results are lousy.
The same thing showed, while testing these doctors. The longer they’d been awake, the more terrible results. Their reactions were as if they were ‘legally drunk’.
Now, truck drivers have very firm restrictions for how long they can drive without sleeping. They, too, have life-or-death-decisions to make, so that’s all good. So, I wonder … how come that this about the doctors is still going on. It seems so obvious — if someone were to perform open-heart-surgery on ME, I certainly wish he or she was both sober and well rested.