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Causes of fatigue at work

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A new study about to be published in the International Journal of Stress Management examines why some people suffer from fatigue and exhaustion at work and negative feelings at home. The in-depth study followed and monitored 74 nurses over several shift cycles at work and also monitored their behaviours and mood at home.

What the researchers discovered was that those nurses who suffered from fatigue at work also had significantly higher levels of exhaustion at home and were much more likely to suffer from negative feelings generally. This ‘negative affect’ effect was particularly prominent for these workers at night. Any problems with sleep exacerbated these issues.

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