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posted on 03.08.2022, 03:18 authored by Grace VincentGrace Vincent, B Aisbett, A Wolkow, Sarah Jay, ND Ridgers, Sally FergusonSally Ferguson
Wildland firefighters perform physical work while being subjected to multiple stressors and adverse, volatile working environments for extended periods. Recent research has highlighted sleep as a significant and potentially modifiable factor impacting operational performance. The aim of this review was to (1) examine the existing literature on firefighters' sleep quantity and quality during wildland firefighting operations; (2) synthesise the operational and environmental factors that impact on sleep during wildland firefighting; and (3) assess how sleep impacts aspects of firefighters' health and safety, including mental and physical health, physical task performance, physical activity and cognitive performance. Firefighters' sleep is restricted during wildfire deployments, particularly when shifts have early start times, are of long duration and when sleeping in temporary accommodation. Shortened sleep impairs cognitive but not physical performance under simulated wildfire conditions. The longer-term impacts of sleep restriction on physiological and mental health require further research. Work shifts should be structured, wherever possible, to provide regular and sufficient recovery opportunities (rest during and sleep between shifts), especially in dangerous working environments where fatigue-related errors have severe consequences. Fire agencies should implement strategies to improve and manage firefighters' sleep and reduce any adverse impacts on firefighters' work. © IAWF 2018 Open Access CC BY-NC-ND.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

27

Issue

2

Start Page

73

End Page

84

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1448-5516

ISSN

1049-8001

Publisher

CSIRO

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

29/12/2017

External Author Affiliations

Deakin University; Monash University

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Wildland Fire