After a Mexican blog posted a picture of a medical resident sleeping behind a desk at a hospital in Monterrey, Mexico, and attacked her for not doing her job, doctors around the world leapt to her defense by posting pictures of themselves caught napping during some of their most grueling shifts. These images are going viral under the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi (“I've also fallen asleep” in Spanish).

In the 1980s, a high-profile case involving the death of a girl named Libby Zion at a hospital staffed by exhausted doctors led to the drafting of the Libby Zion Law. This law limits NY physicians' work hours per week to “only” 80, showing just how overworked some of our doctors are.

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A blogger snapped these pics of a sleeping resident in Mexico at 3 a.m.

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The writer criticized the young resident, saying that "doctors are obliged to do their work"

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There were "dozens of patients who need care," the blogger continued

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Mexican doctor Juan Carlos responded by posting a tweet with the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi (or “I've also fallen asleep”)

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Image credits: Equador TV

Soon, hundreds of other doctors began defending the resident

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Image credits: Paola Ferez

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Image credits: Caro Leyva

Doctors around the world are often severely overworked

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Image credits: Melita Way

Some doctors work 36-hour shifts or 80-hour work weeks!

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Image credits: Ana Sofia

"We are people, not machines"

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Image credits: Paola Ferez

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Image credits: Janna Henriquez

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Image credits: Paul Alexandru

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Image credits: Projecto Diez

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Image credits: Ernesto Franjul

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Image credits: Sebastian Alzate

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Image credits: Euge Traverso Vior

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Image credits: Sebastian Alzate

Add your own pictures of doctors napping below!

#1 After A 24 Hour Day Of Duty

After A 24 Hour Day Of Duty

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RicciWalker 3 years ago

Until you've done the job DO NOT pass judgment.

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#2 Tired After 36 Hours Of No Sleep

Tired After 36 Hours Of No Sleep

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JanicePullen 3 years ago

I wish I had pictures of me in full chemical warfare gear, snoring through a gas mask, under a desk. Awaiting triage patients.

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#3 I Am Also Sleeping

I Am Also Sleeping

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ChristyCummings 3 years ago

As long as they don't fall asleep during a procedure they need to sleep when & where they can

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#4 After First Successful Heart Transplant In Poland

After First Successful Heart Transplant In Poland

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TiberiuNitu 3 years ago

one of the most epic pictures

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#5 Only Those Who Are Doctors Understand This

Only Those Who Are Doctors Understand This

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DianaParker 3 years ago

As a nurse I see how hard our Dr.s work and the long hours. They are entitled to rest to be on top of their game when needed...shame on the

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#6 I Am Also Sleeping

I Am Also Sleeping

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JunkaMihova 3 years ago

I think the blogger should admire the medical resident of resting at work, not going home, in order to be available, instead of criticizing

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#7 Inside The Ambulance Returning To Base Camp After A Succesful Management Of A Cardiac Arrest...

Inside The Ambulance Returning To Base Camp After A Succesful Management Of A Cardiac Arrest...

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ballase 3 years ago

God bless every one of them

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#8 Same In France !

Same In France !

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MaryCollins 3 years ago

My Sister is an ER Nurse and she has worked well past her shift many times. F877K that blogger!

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#9 Let Tired Doctors Rest. They're People Too.

Let Tired Doctors Rest. They're People Too.

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#10 2am Nap

2am Nap

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Dr-GaurabJana 3 years ago

This is really sad to see, how doctors have to take rest.

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#11 After A Hard Birth :) Midwife Sleeping :))

After A Hard Birth :) Midwife Sleeping :))

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ElmerCahilog 3 years ago

the reflection on the window. haha!

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#12 Planking..doctor Style

Planking..doctor Style

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MercedesSt.Hilaire 3 years ago

Poor thing!

#13 Taking A Nap After 40 Hours Duty. Georgia

Taking A Nap After 40 Hours Duty. Georgia

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TalaLakota 3 years ago

that looks like a sketch pad! what's inside?!

#14 Sleeping At 10am

Sleeping At 10am

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#15 We Aren't Robots, Or Machines We Feel Just As Everyone Else Does.

We Aren't Robots, Or Machines We Feel Just As Everyone Else Does.

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SianaeByles 3 years ago

I like this one, makes you think about how not only do they ALL work long hours but they can also be called in randomly from resting at home

#16 Purposely Looked At Images In A Lit Room To Try To Avoid This But Still Fell Asleep.

Purposely Looked At Images In A Lit Room To Try To Avoid This But Still Fell Asleep.

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#17 She Came Home From A 24 Hour Shift And Couldn't Even Make It To Here Bedroom.

She Came Home From A 24 Hour Shift And Couldn't Even Make It To Here Bedroom.

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#18 :)

:)

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#19 Israel

Israel

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#20 Speedvet

Speedvet

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Rism 3 years ago

Awww

#21 We Take Naps To Reenergize

We Take Naps To Reenergize

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#22 Nghe An 2014, Operation Smile

Nghe An 2014, Operation Smile

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Rism 3 years ago

The plush toy is cute :3

#23 Zzz

Zzz

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#24 2 Decker

2 Decker

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LisaMorrill 3 years ago

Those are some tired ladies

#25 Even Dr. Ken Needs A Break.... @ New Orleans Podiatry Associates

Even Dr. Ken Needs A Break.... @ New Orleans Podiatry Associates

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3 years ago

Even Dr Ken needs a break.. # Working hard @New Orleans Podiatry Associates.

#26 S/p - Sitting Position

S/p - Sitting Position

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PJParejo 3 years ago

Hala Habib Gunting!haha

#27 Right Lateral Decubitus Position

Right Lateral Decubitus Position

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RachelKunde 3 years ago

Catching some zzz's is the honorable thing to do, rather than pushing oneself beyond the point of exhaustion while caring for other people

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#28 Night Before Exam...

Night Before Exam...

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#29 I Am Not A Machine

I Am Not A Machine

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#30 #medlife

#medlife

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#31 My Son's Friend Energizing...

My Son's Friend Energizing...

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#32 3 Am, On A 36 Hour Shift

3 Am, On A 36 Hour Shift

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Alicia Marie 1 year ago

Wow long day!

#33 If A Resident Never Fell Asleep, Does Not Deserve To Be A Doctor

If A Resident Never Fell Asleep, Does Not Deserve To Be A Doctor

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WhiteFox 1 year ago

just making sure our fellow patients are alright too :)

#34 We Are Human, Too.

We Are Human, Too.

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Alicia Marie 1 year ago

I like his DC. Fanny pack preeeettty cool

#35 Can't Help It...at A Lecture In Medical School From The Philippines.

Can't Help It...at A Lecture In Medical School From The Philippines.

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#36 #yotambienmedormi

#yotambienmedormi

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#37 Before Sunrise !...getting Ready For Morning Presentation

Before Sunrise !...getting Ready For Morning Presentation

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#38 Anywhere Would Do.

Anywhere Would Do.

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#39 Zzzz

Zzzz

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#40 After A Hard Day

After A Hard Day

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#41 Fell Asleep Smack In The Middle Of Post Call Rounds Circa 2011

Fell Asleep Smack In The Middle Of Post Call Rounds Circa 2011

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#42 We Do This For You Health...certainly Not For Ours.

We Do This For You Health...certainly Not For Ours.

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JilianBoyer 3 years ago

This actually looks fairly comfy. Good job scouting for a sleep spot!

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#43 Three Straight Surgeries.

Three Straight Surgeries.

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#44 Even Student Nurses...

Even Student Nurses...

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WhiteFox 1 year ago

how do they all manage to fall asleep like that especially the girl in the far left corner

#45 Even Dentistry Students Need A Break.

Even Dentistry Students Need A Break.

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#46 14 Hours No Ac Working A Dental Mission In The Dominican Republic. #yotambienmedormi

14 Hours No Ac Working A Dental Mission In The Dominican Republic. #yotambienmedormi

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#47 At Least She Gets To Look Sexy While Trying To Get Some Sleep #yotambienmedormi

At Least She Gets To Look Sexy While Trying To Get Some Sleep #yotambienmedormi

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#48 Post 48hrs Oncall

Post 48hrs Oncall

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MumtazSyed 3 years ago

Hats off to all these hard working over worked doctors, my children are amongst them all three of them. God bless them all!

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#49 Doctors Have Lives Also And Health To Take Care Of..=( #yotambienmedormi

Doctors Have Lives Also And Health To Take Care Of..=( #yotambienmedormi

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#50 #eutambemdormi

#eutambemdormi

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Guilherme Bottossi 1 month ago

That´s from Brazil?

#51 Guilty!!!

Guilty!!!

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#52 Nobody's Perfect

Nobody's Perfect

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#53 Trying Not To Fall Asleep At 4am (3rd Call On The Same Week)

Trying Not To Fall Asleep At 4am (3rd Call On The Same Week)

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#54 2 In The Morning After 18 Hours Of Work And Another 12 Left

2 In The Morning After 18 Hours Of Work And Another 12 Left

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NimueAndraste 3 years ago

.... with extreme exhaustion in her eyes.

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#55 Post-call, In Between Elective Surgeries, And Pre-call To Boot. Good Times.

Post-call, In Between Elective Surgeries, And Pre-call To Boot. Good Times.

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#56 Memories From 1st Year Residency After Being On-call All Night Nonstop

Memories From 1st Year Residency After Being On-call All Night Nonstop

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#57 Lesson After 24h Awake

Lesson After 24h Awake

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#58 After 28 Hrs, Anywhere Is Comfortable. #yotambienmedormi

After 28 Hrs, Anywhere Is Comfortable. #yotambienmedormi

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#59 Re-energizing Myself At 2a.m. In Surgical Emergency (30 Hours On Call)

Re-energizing Myself At 2a.m. In Surgical Emergency (30 Hours On Call)

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WhiteFox 1 year ago

that actually does work which is really cool

#60 After A 36++ Hour Duty. We Need Sleep Too.

After A 36++ Hour Duty. We Need Sleep Too.

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#61 48-hour Labor Watch

48-hour Labor Watch

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#62 Worked Hard Until Fainted Dehydrated!

Worked Hard Until Fainted Dehydrated!

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WhiteFox 1 year ago

hope he's alright :)