Video: Evidence-based strategies for sleep health during pandemic

Did you know that over half of EMS workers admit to getting less than six full hours of sleep each night? During times like these, it is vital for first responders and healthcare workers to stay healthy by getting a good night’s sleep. Daniel Patterson, Ph.D. speaks about how important it is for employees on the front lines to tackle fatigue mitigation head on with strategies that are evidence-based to promote a healthier sleep cycle.

Key Takeaways:

  • Paramedic Daniel Patterson, Ph.D., outlines methods for managing fatigue, including banking sleep between shifts, napping and using caffeine strategically.
  • Self-care is critical for managing stress levels in EMTs and paramedics responding to COVID-19.
  • Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine offer evidence-based strategies for better sleep health.

“Patterson notes that 50% of EMS personnel report getting less than six hours of sleep per night and says the COVID-19 crisis is likely to cause more first responders to suffer inadequate sleep.”

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