Night Nurses and Exercise

Brian Salle, RN, CCRN, CSC; Susan H. Weaver, PhD, RN, CRNI, NEA-BC; Jocelyn Martinez, BSN, RN; Nancy Maina, RN


Am Nurs Journal. 2021;16(9) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Work, sleep, eat, repeat is a common routine for nurses who work at night while others sleep. Exactly how many nurses work the night shift is unknown, but we do know that working at night disrupts nurses' diurnal circadian rhythms. The result can include detrimental effects on their physical and mental health and an increased risk for many chronic conditions. Incorporating exercise into their routine can improve night shift nurses' overall health.