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Shift Work: What To Do If Your Sleep Is Broken

Arguably it’s the most difficult time of day to work.

It's known as the third shift, the overnight, or more ominously, the graveyard shift. In our 24/7 world, worker flexibility is a necessity.

Sleep. It’s what we explore this hour with several guests. First, two officers from the Henderson (NV) Police Department. Shift work is a necessity for police officers. We'll talk about the department's "Restorative Rest Program." 

Is it possible for shift work, especially overnight work, ever to be a healthy way of living? 

We talk with Chris Winter, a medical doctor and the author of the new book, “The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How To Fix it.” He practices neurology and sleep health in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has been a sleep health consultant to professional sports teams including the San Francisco Giants, the New York Rangers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Also with us is Lynn Caldwell, Senior Research Psychologist with the Naval Medical Research Unit. She’s based in Dayton, Ohio at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Her specialty is helping military personnel – especially aviators – adapt to non-traditional work hours. 

Captain Wade Seekatz, Henderson (NV) Police Department; Sargeant Jamie Borden, Henderson (NV) Police Department; W. Chris Winter, M.D.,  author of "The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken And How To Fix It"; Dr. J. Lynn Caldwell, Senior Research Psychologist with the Naval Medical Research Unit, Wright-Patterson Air Force  Base, Ohio

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Since June 2015, Fred has been a producer at KNPR's State of Nevada.