Working the night shift: preparation, survival and recovery

Working at night is an essential part of providing a comprehensive
24-hour service to patients in the NHS. However, night work requires
doctors to remain awake and alert when physiologically programmed to
be asleep. Changes to working patterns as a result of implementing the
European Working Time Directive (EWTD) also mean that most junior doctors now work full 11- to 13-hour night shifts,