Firefighters who feel burned out often experience sleep issues, which also increases their risk of emotional fatigue, exhaustion and health problems, researchers say.
Nearly half of U.S. firefighters are likely experiencing burnout and associated health problems, the study authors report in the Journal of Sleep Research.
“Burnout can have a negative impact on the individual worker, the people they provide a service to and their organization, with consequences including increased absenteeism, job turnover, health problems and reduced performance,” said Alexander Wolkow of the Monash University Institute for Brain and Mental Health in Notting Hill, Australia, who led the study.
“Given the critical role firefighters play in assisting the community in times of emergency, it is important we identify the factors which contribute towards burnout in order to help promote the health of this workforce,” he told Reuters Health by email.
Wolkow and colleagues surveyed more than 6,300…
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