Sleep Deprivation (1 CEU)

· October 6, 2014


Although humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep, most individuals know very little about sleep. The words “fatigue” and “sleepiness” are often used interchangeably, but their meaning is quite different. Sleepiness refers to a tendency to fall asleep, whereas fatigue refers to an overwhelming sense of tiredness, lack of energy, and a feeling of exhaustion associated with impaired physical and/or cognitive functioning. Sleepiness and fatigue are often a result of sleep deprivation. It is important to note that fatigue can also be caused by illness, a vigorous workout, or a period of prolonged concentration, among others. 

Nurse Assistants receive little or no formal education about normal sleep and circadian rhythms, or the essential role of sleep in maintaining adequate health and performance either during or after their training. However, many of them end up working prolonged and long hours on consecutive days mostly due to staffing shortages and their dedication to patient care. The accumulation of sleep deprivation in a Nurse Assistant can lead to devastating health effects and also lead to poor patient care and jeopardize patient safety

Learning Objectives;

  • The Nurse Assistant will be able to demonstrate understanding of the benefits of adequate sleep on patient care
  • The Nurse Assistant will be able to demonstrate understanding of the effects of sleep deprivation on the body
  • The Nurse Assistant will be able to demonstrate understanding of sleep architecture
  • The Nurse Assistant will be able to demonstrate understanding of the average adult sleep requirements
  • The Nurse Assistant will be able to demonstrate understanding of effective strategies to promote sleep hygiene



Instructions for taking the course

To complete the course successfully, you must go through all the lessons below. You MUST mark each lesson as complete by clicking the MARK COMPLETE BUTTON. If you do not click the mark complete button, you will not be allowed to proceed to the next lesson. Please notice that all lessons have a minimum set amount of time that you are expected to spend on each lesson. You will not be allowed to Mark the Lesson Complete until the timer resets to zero; that is, until the minimum time set for the course has passed. For example if lesson A has an allocated minimum time of 10 minutes, you will have to wait 10 minutes before you can mark Lesson A complete. The Mark Complete button for lesson A will be grayed out and will not become active until 10 minutes are over.

WARNINGIf you forget to click the Mark Complete button done, you will be prompted to go back to that lesson again and have to wait till the allocated timed minutes resets to zero again before the Mark Complete button becomes active. After all lessons are completed and they are Marked Completed, you will then be allowed to take the post test. If you successfully pass the quiz, you will earn CEU’s for this course and you can proceed to print out your certificate.


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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Topic
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate