The Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven is engaged in an experiment to make the night shifts a little less stressful for its nursing staff.
Three modifications are being tested: special glasses, a special bed, and healthy food. The tests are being carried out in various departments to find out what effect these adjustments might have on employees.
Using red glasses while sleeping at night may promote a good night’s sleep. In contrast, blue glasses keep the nurses awake. A special bed is available for ‘power naps’ of a maximum of 24 minutes is also available. The bed vibrates, and the staffs can listen to soothing music. Finally, they are experimenting with food too. Small, protein-rich portions are to be eaten during the night shift. This ensures better health.
The first results should be known by January 2020.
Editor: Melinda Walraven