Wednesday, May 11, 2011


The air traffic controllers of the FAA have recently been under scrutiny because they have been found sleeping on the job and watching television on the job. At least seven of them were suspended for sleeping on the job in the last couple months. Are your officers sleeping on the job? Shift work can be hard on the body and it can be difficult to stay awake at night when most people are sleeping. Just like air traffic controllers, people’s lives depend on police being awake and alert.

There are things you can do to stay awake. The most important thing you can do to stay awake at work is to sleep when you are at home. That sounds obvious but getting a good eight hours of uninterrupted sleep at home is the best thing you can do to stay awake at work. Make getting enough sleep a priority. Too often it is an afterthought or sleep is done a couple hours here and a couple hours there. That’s not as good as continuous sleep.

If you have to sleep in the daytime, set your bedroom up to facilitate your sleep time. Use heavy, dark curtains, or even aluminum foil to make the room dark. Keep the room cool enough to sleep in, I use a room air conditioner in the summer to cool the bedroom and don’t have to cool the whole house. A towel at the bottom of the door can also black out the room. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor driving, poor decision making, and when you drive for a living and carry a gun, you need to be awake and alert; that’s what the SGT Says.

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