Sleep Improvement Programs for Firefighters – A Critically Appraised Topic

by Charity Lane, MS and Bridget Ann Frugoli Melton, EdD, CSCS, TSAC-F
TSAC Report June 2021
Vol 60, Issue 4

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The research reviewed in this article provides a baseline snapshot of clinically-relevant tools to screen, diagnose, and provide treatment that can improve behavior surrounding sleep, as well as quantity and quality of sleep in occupational firefighters.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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1. Barger, LK, O’Brien, CS, Rajaratnam, SM, Qadri, S, Sullivan, JP, Wang, W, et al. Implementing a sleep health education and sleep disorders screening program in fire departments: A comparison of methodology. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 58(6): 601, 2016.

2. Barger, LK, O’Brien, C, Sullivan, J, Wang, W, Lockley, S, Qadri, S, and Czeisler, CA. Fatigue risk management program increases sleep and alertness in firefighters. Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorders Research 40(suppl 1): A439-A439, 2017.

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4. Sullivan, JP, O’Brien, CS, Barger, LK, Rajaratnam, SM, Czeisler, CA, and Lockley, SW. Randomized, prospective study of the impact of a sleep health program on firefighter injury and disability. Sleep 40(1): 2017.

5. White, S, Raghavendra, P, and McAllister, S. Letting the CAT out of the bag: Contribution of critically appraised topics to evidence based practice. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intention 11(1-2): 27-37, 2017.

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Charity Lane, MS

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Charity Lane is the Director of Program Development, and Board Member, for United States Spine and Sport Foundation. She is Co-Investigator on Feder ...

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Bridget Ann Frugoli Melton, EdD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D

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