Due to their ever changing shift hours and overtime it isn’t any wonder that police officers have sleeping problems. Unfortunately not getting enough rest can lead to serious consequences when you are in an occupation where police chases and guns are involved. Of all the sleep disorders one of the most prevalent is sleep apnea, where sleeping is interrupted hundreds of times each night due to blockage of the air way in the back of your throat.
A study was done at Harvard where at least 40 percent of the officers had some sort of sleep disorder. And of that total number 33 percent had sleep apnea. Another result that isn’t surprising is that out of the group of officers who had sleep disorders had an increased chance of heart problems, diabetes or mental issues like depression.
How did it affect their work performance?
An astonishing 26 percent of those with sleep disorders said that they fell asleep at least once during the month while driving! That is pretty scary. Those with sleep problems also had administration errors as well as other work related problems.
This is just another example of how significant the effects of sleep disorders are today. I think that a lot of folks are just realizing the dangers of being tired and not rested. It causes a lapse of judgment, slower reflexes not to mention damage to your heart and your emotional state.
If you feel that you have a sleep disorders talk to your doctor about it.
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