Officer, Did You Have a Good Sleep Last Night?

About 40% of almost 5000 police officers in the U.S. and Canada screened positive for at leat one sleep disorder, the most common being obstructive sleep apnea (33.6%). Those with a sleep disorder were more likely to make adminstrative errors, not show up for work, fall asleep while driving, and to lash out at suspects. Surprisingly, almost 80% were overweight or obese. Late nights, odd schedules and extended shifts probably contribute to these findings. This study suggests that all shift-workers could be at risk for similar problems.

PositiveTip: If shift work is a part of your life, do all you can to get adequate quality sleep on a regular basis.