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Study: 40% of Officers Have Sleep Disorder

December 22, 2011  | 

A survey of U.S. and Canadian police officers reveals that 40% of respondents suffer from a sleep disorder that may cause health issues, affect job performance, or create safety issues.

The most common officer sleep disorders reported were insomnia or obstructed sleep apnia, according to the survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Of the 4957 participants, 40.4% experiance at least one sleep disorder, most of whom had not been diagnosed previously. Also, 33.6% screened positive for obstructive sleep apnea, 6.5% for moderate to severe insomnia, and 5.4% for shift work disorder (14.5% of those who worked the night shift).

Of the 4608 participants who completed the sleepiness scale, 28.5% reported excessive sleepiness. Also, 26.1% reported falling asleep while driving at least once a month.

Tags: Officer Safety, Officer Fitness, Shift Schedules


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Jack Betz @ 12/26/2011 10:23 AM

Back in the day I rotated shifts a least once a week.Believe me adjusting was not too easy. And even if you are on just one shift forever, you still have to contend with court, training, special duty to say nothing of your off duty time, unless you want to be a hermit.

Joseph Jeanes, II @ 12/27/2011 1:33 AM

Sleep is something everyone has an occasional difficulty with. Everyone needs it. Yet, sleep patterns change according to age and internal or external influences. The real issue of sleep is if you have a long term difficulty. Sometimes, like a resident Doctor, it is learning how to be effective so that you learn how to be alert during times that you are the one most conscious. Most people say sleep aids are a waste of time offering short term benefits. I once just put ear plugs in my ears and that cut the noise from the area I lived.

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