Ep #40: The Dangers of Fatigue

Fatigue. We’ve all been there, right? All-nighters, sleepless evenings, moving through mornings in a fog—it seems to be more and more common these days. But the truth is that fatigue is a dangerous epidemic that puts our health and safety at risk.

Repeated nights of disrupted sleep are linked to higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, certain cancers, and more. Every year there are more car crashes and deaths attributed to excessive somnolence, drowsiness, and falling asleep behind the wheel than to drunk driving and other forms of intoxication. Fatigue is also especially problematic in the medical field, as it leads to human error and jeopardizes patient safety.

That’s why it’s so important to make sleep a priority and break out of the fatigue cycle. It’s up to us to take care of ourselves and make sure we’re getting the rest we need. So listen in to learn the signs of fatigue and how you can prevent yourself from falling victim to its adverse effects.


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In Today’s Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • How chronic fatigue and sleep deprivation hurt us.
  • Causes of fatigue that may surprise you.
  • Why caffeine isn’t as effective when you use it on a regular basis.
  • Signs and symptoms of fatigue.
  • The two-component solution to prevent fatigue.

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  • miriam knoll

    Great episode as always. Wanted to share an update on duty hours. The acgme actually went backward this year. They rolled back the max duty hours for interns- now it’s 24 hours (plus 4 hours for transfer of care, so basically it’s a 28 hour shift). This is a major step back for medical education. Instead of making more changes, we have allowed the prevailing medical cultural belief of “If I did, you should do it” and “harder is better” to win. Terrible.

    https://acgmecommon.org/announcement

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