New study reveals police are plagued by sleep problems – even before Winsor

09 Jan

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.

These included:

  1. 40% of police officers screened positive for at least one sleep disorders that may pose a risk to their health, safety and work performance
  2. The most common sleep disorder was obstructive sleep apnoea (1,666 participants), followed by insomnia (281 participants)
  3. Of those with a sleep disorder 10.7% reported having depression versus 4.4% without a sleep disorder
  4. 20% of those with a sleep disorder reported falling asleep while driving versus 7.9% without
  5. 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:


Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “New study reveals police are plagued by sleep problems – even before Winsor

  1. Dave Hasney

    January 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    It should also be noted that the issues don’t stop once you ‘escape’. Having worked full 24/7 shift rotation for 98% of my 30yrs I have to say that even after 3yrs of retirement, my sleeping is still problematical.

  2. barney

    January 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

    The new militancy in the NYP Fed newsletter is welcomed. The launch of the campaign to coordinate the NYP police officer voting block and deliver the perhaps 10,000 direct and 20,000 to 40,000 votes indirect votes with our influence on communities and friends in the Police commissioner election, enough to decide the election, is also welcomed.
    Our prime responsibility as warranted officers is to the Crown and Public not the NYP Directorate. Where a management culture becomes so detached from the capability to deliver its basic function , in our case an emergency response service, our representatives have an obligation to request direct intervention from the crown. The impending new fiasco with the new duties system will coincide with the accumulated exhaustion caused by the current shift pattern and join what seems a never ending list of fiascos. We are all tired of the circus that NYP has become. Our culture seems seems orientated to individual self interest not the team public service ethic.
    In real terms the Directorate can no longer guarantee that officers parading across the county will attend incidents fit for purpose. The delivery of a Police emergency response service in North Yorkshire has become a daily lottery.
    If the reader of this has not read the NYP newsletter this month, read it. The facts below speak for themselves. The 5 band 4 rest day shift pattern delivered not just the police reforms but also record crime falls. It worked. The 4 rest days within this pattern essential.
    The likely impact of our shift pattern based on a comprehensive study of 5000 police officers :
    46% had “nodded off or fallen asleep while driving”;
    • over one-quarter reported that this occurs 1 to 2 times a month and more than 6% said they typically fell asleep at the wheel at least 1 to 2 times a week;
    • over 40% tested positive for 1 or more sleep disorders, most commonly (33.6%) obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a potentially fatal affliction that causes the airway to close, leaving the victim choking or gasping for breath.

  3. Shon Macer

    October 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Sleep problems should be resolved as soon as possible since they can result into more health problems. ‘,**’

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  4. Adrianna Latessa

    April 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Sleeping problems in the elderly are more than likely to manifest in a particular pattern, depending on the health of the person, and the prescription drugs they may be taking for their health problems.The quality of their sleep may change considerably, either because of less demands on their energy as a result of retirement, or through illness.-

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