Do Firefighter Shift Schedules Affect Sleep Quality?

Posted: Aug. 17, 2017

A recent study investigated the relationship between sleep quality and three popular shift schedules — 24on/48off, 48on/96off, and Kelly (on/off/on/off/on/off/off/off/off) — at six fire departments in three southwestern U.S. states. Shift schedules that disrupt circadian rhythms contribute to poor sleep quality; the greater the disruption, the poorer the sleep quality.

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Research takeaways

Billings, J., & Focht, W. (2016). Firefighter Shift Schedules Affect Sleep Quality. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(3), 294-298. doi:10.1097/jom.0000000000000624

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