sleep loss is killing firefighters
According to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, in a study of almost 7000 firefighters, nearly 40% of Firefighters suffer from at least one of the following sleep disorders:
- Work shift disorder
- Sleep Apnea
Laura K. Barger, author of this sleep study discovered that firefighters with sleep disorders were more likely to report and seek treatment for cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, and anxiety. The findings of this research demonstrate the impact of common sleep disorders on firefighter health and safety, and show a connection to the two leading causes of death among firefighters. Unfortunately, of those found to suffer from a sleep disorder, 80% of these firefighters had no prior awareness of their disorder.
The studies released by the Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research suggest that sleep loss (less than 7 consecutive hours per night) may have wide-ranging effects on the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and nervous systems, including the following:
- Diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance
- Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
- Anxiety symptoms
- Depressed mood
- Alcohol use
Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine published a 10-year study which found a relationship between suicide in adults and poor sleep quality, regardless of depression. Of 420 participants, 20 individuals with sleep deprivation committed suicide, showing that a sleep deprived person is 1.4 times more likely to commit suicide.
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