Why are we doing it?
Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service (NPWS) is making this programme available in response to the findings of the national wellbeing survey which highlighted fatigue as a big area of concern.
We know that those working in policing often experience high levels of fatigue due to long work hours, shift patterns, untreated sleep disorders and stress. This affects workplace performance, increases the risk of accidents and injuries, and impacts your long-term health.
Some of these risk factors can be minimised, and the aim of this programme is to identify the factors that affect workplace fatigue and identify approaches to reduce the risks.
One common reason for workplace fatigue is undiagnosed sleep disorders. Previous studies have shown that up to a third of police officers may be at risk of having a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea, insomnia or shift work sleep disorder.