Extended work shifts, rotating schedules, and stressful work environments all contribute to sleep deprivation. First Responders are more likely to take home the emotionally charged incidents they experience during their workday, which compels many to turn to alcohol and medications to induce sleep.
Sleeping less than 7 hours per night on a regular basis can cause long-term health consequences including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and depression. For many first responders, sleep deprivation adds more to the risks of an already dangerous job and increases the danger for others.
Firefighters who screened positive for sleep disorders were more likely to report a motor vehicle crash and self-report falling asleep while driving. They also were more likely to experience symptoms of cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety and overall poorer health status.
Medical professionals with sleep deprivation can have higher rates of surgical complications. And sleep-deprived police officers had 51 percent greater odds of falling asleep while driving on duty. Eighty-five percent of active duty military members have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or insomnia.
For first responders seeking help with sleep disorders, the first step is to confirm a diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, our physicians will recommend the most common and least invasive continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Through a CPAP machine, pressured air is delivered throughout the night to keep the airways open and reduce episodes of apnea. Patients wake up refreshed and well-rested.
After only 3 months of treatment CPAP patients reported an improvement in daily functioning, emotional functioning, social interactions and a reduction in symptoms.
Highly Trained And Skilled Physicians, the Center for Sleep Medicine applies the highest level of medical expertise toward improving the overall health and quality of life for those individuals who place themselves in our care. We commit ourselves to providing clinical, educational and technical excellence, respect, integrity and compassion to those persons who entrust us with their sleep health.
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More than 40 million Americans have a sleep disorder – and most are completely unaware of it. Many who are aware they have a diagnosable sleep disorder seek the help they need.
The most common treatment is a CPAP machine. This is basically a machine that sits beside the bed. The patient wears a mask that fits across the face. The machine blows air into the nose all night.
CPAP provides an “air splint” that overcomes challenges to your airway as you sleep. It doesn’t breathe for you, it simply helps you to breathe better on your own as you sleep. Most PAP machines offer a ramp feature that starts off with a reduced pressure setting and gradually builds to your prescribed pressure.