Amy Sprague

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Award

Spring 2023


Firefighters provide important safety services for a 24-hour society. Sleep is very important to the human body. Without sleep a person can experience both short- and long-term side effects. These side effects not only put the sleep deprived person in danger but can also put the public in danger as well. There are many different shift schedules that fire departments can run on. While on duty firefighters must be ready to respond to any emergency call, they receive no matter the time. This can impact the amount of sleep they get while on duty. The current study used biometric straps to evaluate sleep, strain, and recovery of 24/48 firefighters n = 28 and 48/96 firefighters n = 26 shift rotations. The data was evaluated using ANOVA and Pearson r Correlations. Sleep and recovery scores for 24/48, on both on duty and rest day 1, was greater than 48/96 scores. Additionally, a strong positive correlation exists between sleep and recovery score, regardless of shift rotation type. Lastly, recovery scores continue to increase for 48/96 whereas recovery for 24/48 remains consistent.


Michael Oldham

Included in

Nursing Commons