Sleep Disorders, Health, and Safety in Police Officers
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study conducted of North American police officers. Approximately 5,000 members of law enforcement in the United States and Canada participated in the study either in person or on line.
40% had self-reported instances of at least one sleep disorder. 30% were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Insomnia was diagnosed in 6.5% of respondents to the survey. 5.4% had shift work sleep disorder. Perhaps most alarmimg, 26% reported falling asleep while driving at least once per month.
Those participants in the study who were diagnosed with a sleep disorder reported higher instances of serious administrative errors, uncontrolled anger toward suspects, falling asleep while driving, safety violations, and absenteeism. Sleep disorders in police officers participating in the study were linked to higher rates of depression, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
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