The Associated Press discusses the issue of sleep and fatigue among healthcare workers in New York, particularly nurses and other workers who care for the vulnerable at night.

By day, Tanya Lemon was a 35-year-old single mother who took care of her four children. By night, she worked 12-hour shifts as a nurse at a state group home in suburban Syracuse, paid to watch over vulnerable residents as they slept.

That’s also when she got her own sleep, prosecutors say — a routine that led to felony charges when Dennis Dattalo, a 25-year-old disabled man who couldn’t speak, ran low on oxygen while on her watch and later died.

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