Daytime sleepiness among Midwestern firefighters

Yihe Shi, Bridget Bender, Patricia McGovern, Eun Mi Jung, Douglas DeMoulin, Samuel Jacobs, J. Roxanne Prichard, Hyun Kim

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Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is the most common symptom of sleep-disorders. Although high levels of EDS have been reported among firefighters, there is a limited understanding on EDS in firefighters. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in full-time firefighters (n = 275). The survey included the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to assess EDS, as well as other questions related to job characteristics, health history, and demographics. Firefighters reported inadequate sleep hours, extremely short sleep latencies, and high EDS higher than the general population. A majority of firefighters indicated a willingness to consult with a sleep professional. Risk factors associated with EDS included at least five years of professional experiences and depression diagnosis. Our findings suggest that EDS is widespread among firefighters. With increasing time on the job, frequencies of both obesity and EDS increase, which can have severe and compounding effects on health and safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Environmental and Occupational Health
Early online dateNov 3 2020
StateE-pub ahead of print - Nov 3 2020


  • Daytime sleepiness
  • firefighters
  • sleep quality

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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