Assistant Professor Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
The purpose of this presentation is to explore current challenges in assessing firefighter sleep using a recent quasi-experimental investigation of a fire department that transitioned shift schedules from the 24/48 to the 48/96. Most sleep research in the fire service uses quick, pen-and-paper surveys to collect data on sleep, but how accurate are these surveys? A comparison between these subjective surveys with objective data collection methods often show that sleep data can be inaccurate, so why do researchers continue to use them? This Presentation will explore why and provide a new, alternate data collection method and research design for scholars when they investigate firefighter sleep. In addition, the findings of the 24/48 versus 48/96 experiment provide surprisingly new insights as we continue to understand how shift schedules impact sleep quality and sleep recovery.