A guide to medical etiquette: effective daytime sleeping
- By: David McAllister
Most medical students lead busy lives. Sometimes working in the ward all day and studying during the night can mean you don't get all the sleep you need. If, like me, you also delay handing in assessments in order to allow time for all possible research to be published, you can be up all night writing.
Sleep, however, is very important. So, if you can't get it at night, you have to catch a few ZZZs during the day. But this can lead to stigma and rumours about laziness. To avoid this very problem I have developed a guide to effective daytime sleeping. It involves preventing yourself being caught, and damage limitation in case you are. Reorganising your life would be far too simple.
It is usually acceptable to sleep when travelling. On the bus or train, a small alarm clock can wake you at the right time. Alternatively, sit