Welcome to FD Sleep

This website is designed to provide fire and emergency service personnel with useful information about firefighter sleep, sleeping habits, sleep quality, and shift schedules.

Within the last few years, research has shown an elevated occurrence of poor sleep quality among fire and emergency service personnel.*

  • Firefighters report sleep disturbances after working more than 50 hours in a week (Lusa et al. 2002)
  • Fifty-nine percent of firefighters in a major US metropolitan city report sleep deprivation (Carey et al. 2011)
  • A study of EMS providers found 59.5 percent of respondents reported poor sleep quality (Patterson et al. 2012)
  • Seventy percent of firefighters report poor sleep quality (Mehrdad et al. 2013)
  • Fifty-two percent of firefighters in South Korea suffer from poor sleep quality (Lim et al. 2014)
  • Seventy-three percent of firefighters report poor sleep quality (Billings and Focht 2016)

Firefighter Sleep
Seventy-three percent of firefighter report poor sleep quality

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