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Americans Getting Less Sleep, First Responders Included

Above photo: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The number of Americans who are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night is on the rise, especially in the first responder community.

Researchers from Ball State University in Indiana looked at data from the National Health Interview Survey, according to a report from NPR.

Jagdish Khubchandani, the professor who headed the study, told the news organization the lack of sleep might be attributed to stress.

“If you are a police officer who just had a shooting encounter, it’s hard for the brain to feel rested, and if that state is not achieved you don’t sleep,” he reportedly said.

Read the NPR full report here or review the study here.

Further reading

Mental Health, Sleep Deprivation and Career Stress in EMS and Fire

Pro Bono: Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation in EMS