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Sleep: The Underrated Superpower for Nurses



As a Registered Nurse, I know how difficult it can be to juggle work, family, and personal time. It is easy to become overwhelmed and lose sight of the purpose of why you became a nurse in the first place. That's why I wrote, "Top 10 Mistakes Overwhelmed Nurses Make: How To Avoid Giving Up Being A Nurse (...and Live a Balanced Life With Purpose and Reframing Stress In The Process)."


This book was written specifically for nurses who are experiencing overwhelmed and are seeking to manage their stress levels. I provide practical advice, tips, tricks, and examples to help you master this important topic. I draw on my credentials as a Registered Nurse and National Board certified Health and Wellness Coach to guide you through managing and reframing stress and living a life on purpose. If you have not picked up a copy, here is the link to do so. By the end of the book, you will have the tools you need to be able to enjoy being a nurse and avoid burnout. As I always say, a nurse should not have to choose between self-care and her career. We can do both. Here is an excerpt from the book:


Consequences of Not getting enough sleep


If you don't get enough sleep, the consequences for nurses can be devastating. It can lead to physical fatigue, irritability, and a weakened immune system and have long-term implications for your mental health. When you don't get enough sleep, your ability to manage stress effectively decreases significantly, making you more likely to become overwhelmed and anxious. You're also more prone to feeling isolated and lonely, making it even harder to cope with stressful situations.


A story of the importance of getting enough sleep from Jo

"As a night nurse, I have been sleep deprived for as long as I can remember. I've been working the graveyard shift at the local hospital for the past five years. While I love being a nurse and helping others, it has come at a great cost to my own health.

The nature of night shift nursing means I have to work all night long, many times with no break whatsoever. At the beginning of the Covid pandemic, I was up sometimes 24 hours straight and then had to try to squeeze in a few hours of sleep during the day. My two school-age children were now at home, and I was constantly exhausted and suffered from insomnia. Even when I do sleep, I am always worried about not getting enough of it.


The lack of sleep has had a major impact on my life. I feel like I am constantly in a fog, and my performance at work has suffered. I am always on edge and can't focus. I get headaches and feel like I am in a daze. I am irritable and lack the energy to do the things I used to enjoy.

What makes it worse is that I can't turn to anyone else for help. My friends and family are supportive, but they can't really understand what I'm going through. I feel like I'm in this alone.


I know that I have to make some changes in my life if I want to get better, but I don't know where to start. I'm not sure how to balance my career and my health. It's a struggle, but I'm determined to find a way."


The fact is that Jo is not alone. Not getting enough sleep is a massive mistake for Nurses. Sleep deprivation is a severe issue for nurses, leading to lower morale, increased risk of errors, and decreased productivity. If you are struggling with any of the 10 mistakes I discuss in the book, I want to help you. You can make a change. You can start enjoying being a nurse again. Let me help you move from burnout to breakthrough to abundance.


Sign up for my webinar on 7/11/23 at 4 PM. A presentation celebrating the power of sleep for nurses and how to ensure you get the rest you need. We will discuss how adequate sleep helps with improving our quality of life and overall well-being. Getting super sleep every night is an excellent place to start. Happy, healthy, productive people know that getting enough sleep is key to their success.


To your health,

Audrey

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