Sleep deprivation is simply defined as the condition of not having enough sleep - quality sleep. Is is recommended that the average adult get 7-9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Now if you're thinking...who the hell sleeps that much, there's no way - listen up because the consequences could be deadly.
It can be acute meaning a short term issue or chronic which is ongoing. Sleep deprivation can cause: impaired cognitive function, weakened immune system, extreme fatigue, memory loss, increased reaction time, irritability, depression, hallucinations, muscle soreness, weight loss or gain and in increased chance of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure to name a few.
Studies show that those who work in law enforcement, especially officers are some of the worst offenders of lack of adequate sleep. A large number of officer collisions and even critical Incidents resulting in death or injury can be attributed to sleep deprivation. Long shifts, shift work, overtime, stress and irregular schedules are primary contributing factors.
Here are 5 tips to help get more sleep and better quality sleep:
So if you've mastered the art of Tactical napping at 0300 behind 7-Eleven or are loading up on coffee, prepwork and energy drinks daily - you might be suffering from sleep deprivation.