Police officers and other members of law enforcement don’t have the luxury of only working from 9 to 5. Over the years, working long, irregular hours certainly takes its toll. According to a professional study done by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, police officers are four times more likely to sleep less than six hours during any given 24-hour period than the general population.
Mild sleep deprivation has severe short-term effects that nearly everyone has experienced. Symptoms such as decreased mental efficiency, slower reaction times, and inability to form lasting memories may seem innocent enough, but can lead to potentially fatal outcomes during the line of duty.