Getting proper sleep is imperative to maintaining good physical and mental health, quality of life and overall safety.
For Emergency Services Personnel, being rested may even mean the difference between life and death.
Damage from lack of sleep can occur in an instant, and cause you to improperly operate equipment, forget protocol or crash a vehicle. Sleep deficiency can also make it much more difficult to learn. A tired brain has been proven to have more trouble making decisions, solving problems, adapting to change and learning new things. In a field where lifelong learning is a requirement, this just doesn’t work.
So often, we overlook the importance of sleep and try to accomplish more and more each day. It’s time we that we take a more focused look at this critical need, and take the time to ensure that our sleep needs are being met.