As part of the ACGME requirements, residents and fellows had to attend a lecture on sleep deprivation for noon conference today. The speaker discussed the importance of sleep, physiological changes which occur in the context of deprivation, and techniques we can utilize to improve the quality of our limited hours of shut eye.
Apparently, in spite of duty hour restrictions for interns, we’re still not getting more sleep than interns of the past who had to work more than 16 consecutive hours. Where is that extra time going?! For me, its been a steady combination of renal articles and reading through my clinical anesthesiology book… sprinkled with video games for leisure. 🙂
Also, I found it hysterical when the lecturer asked “how many of you get more than eight hours of sleep each night?” The entire row of radiology residents, situated among half-asleep internal medicine and surgery residents, proudly raised their hands. Gotta love that. 😀