I have just been made aware of an interesting study showing the issues of tiredness and fatigue within the Police has recently been published. The study, printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved nearly 5,000 officers in theUS and Canada and highlighted some serious issues.
- 40% of police officers screened positive for at least one sleep disorders that may pose a risk to their health, safety and work performance
- The most common sleep disorder was obstructive sleep apnoea (1,666 participants), followed by insomnia (281 participants)
- Of those with a sleep disorder 10.7% reported having depression versus 4.4% without a sleep disorder
- 20% of those with a sleep disorder reported falling asleep while driving versus 7.9% without
- Of those who reported nodding off while driving 13.5% had fallen asleep while driving at least 1 to 2 times per week with 57% at least 1 to 2 times a month.
The study also revealed that those screening positive for a sleep disorder were more likely to report making administrative errors, having uncontrolled anger towards citizens, incurring citizen complaints or falling asleep during meetings.
We are all very well aware that the police are operating against challenging budgets but there are very significant costs associated with tiredness and fatigue. Short and long term absence increases, stress increases, staff engagement falls and there are more accidents resulting in insurance and equipment costs.
These are just some of the issues and costs involved.
You can see some more detail on the story at this link: http://news.yahoo.com/police-plagued-sleep-problems-211102950.html.