Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Sleep and its disorders are of intense personal and professional interest to physicians. Medical students and residents become intimately familiar with the effects of routine sleep deprivation, which remains a problem for many clinicians throughout their careers. I suspect that some medical students select their specialty based upon their need for sleep with short sleepers choosing surgical areas.
The effects of sleep deprivation on physicians are a continuing source of controversy. (Would you want a surgeon who has not slept in 30 hours operating on you?) Some of our patients think little of calling in the middle of the night even for trivial problems. Doctors don't sleep, do they? (Astoundingly, these calls, which are fraught with medicolegal liability, are free).
SleepSleep Medicine. JAMA. 2000;283(7):932-933. doi:10.1001/jama.283.7.932-JBK0216-5-1