Friday, Nov 3, 2023

ŌURA Revolutionizes Understanding of Sleep, Health, and Clinician Burnout


By: О̄URA Team

Sleep is not just a luxury – it's a fundamental necessity for clinicians to provide top patient care. Consistently good rest improves clinician mental health, cognitive performance, physical well-being, and more, and therefore the lives of their patients as well. 

Dr. Matt Walker, a renowned sleep scientist and professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science, Oura medical advisor, and author of the bestselling book Why We Sleep, reminds us, “When sleep is abundant, minds flourish. When it is deficient, they don’t.” 

Those who consistently get high-quality sleep report feeling better, mentally stable, and less stressed and depressed than those who are sleep-deprived. Quality sleep enhances decision-making, learning, and resilience in facing daily challenges. Strikingly, sufficient sleep may underpin foundational health, yet it is often neglected, with many failing to consistently achieve the recommended 7-9 hours of nightly rest. 

Challenges Faced by Clinicians 

Long hours, overly scheduled agendas, night shifts, inconsistent weekly schedules – today’s clinicians face constant challenges to routinely getting enough sleep. Reclaiming their health, and the well-being of all clinical staff, begins with investing in quality sleep and recovery, before the lost sleep leads to bigger issues. 

In the demanding world of healthcare, where the pursuit of patient well-being is paramount, healthcare professionals often find themselves sacrificing their own health, particularly when it comes to sleep. The consequences of this neglect can be dire, and clinician burnout has emerged as a pervasive issue. Characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a diminished sense of personal accomplishment, burnout has cast a shadow over healthcare providers

It's essential for physicians, nurses, hospital staff, and administrative decision makers to recognize that sleep, the cornerstone of overall health, plays a pivotal role in supporting the resilience of clinicians. Research indicates that healthcare professionals who are able to consistently get quality sleep report better mental stability and resilience in the face of daily challenges. 

Leveraging Technology for Healthcare Providers 

The modern healthcare environment is awash with technological innovations aimed at improving patient care, but it's equally vital to leverage these advancements to safeguard the well-being of healthcare providers themselves. Tools for detecting symptoms of stress and sickness like Oura Ring – trusted by over a million people worldwide and designed for accuracy above all – can provide crucial insights into clinicians' sleep patterns and overall biometrics. 

Oura Ring is a personal health toolkit, offering a multitude of metrics to help members understand their body's response to daily stressors and challenges. With its advanced, research-grade sensors, Oura Ring packs state-of-the-art heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), temperature, activity, and sleep monitoring technology into a convenient, non-invasive ring — prioritizing both accuracy and comfort without compromise. Each day, these personalized health metrics are summarized into three scores: Readiness, Sleep, and Activity. 

For example, in their first month, Oura members experienced significant benefits, with 87% reporting improved overall health, 88% noticing improved sleep quality, 74% recognizing improved stress management, and 71% feeling that their work productivity improved.* 

Oura's advanced tracking and analysis capabilities offer a window into health and well-being like never before. By harnessing the power of data, healthcare administrators and professionals can make informed choices that support physical and mental health, fueling clinical practice and empowering individual clinicians and healthcare organizations to thrive in our fast-paced, always-on world. All it takes is sleep. 

* Oura new member survey (n=699), August 2022

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