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Sleep Skills for Police
Law enforcement officers work at the intersection of high performance demands, and potential safety risks. Combine that with the sleep deprivation that is so common in law enforcement, and officers’ can suffer. This course will empower you to reverse police sleep deprivation, get the skills to sleep despite thought-provoking events, and identify any red flags of sleep disorders. 

In this dynamic course you will learn how exactly our sleep and circadian rhythms work. From there we’ll build an understanding of to use police sleep to support physical and mental health, cognitive and physical performance, and to regulate our emotions. With this info you will design a Sleep Healthy Lifestyle. With that plan in place, we’ll discuss how to decrease vigilance to allow a good nights’ rest, along with how to design a bedroom for deep sleep. For police who work night shift schedule, the unit on how to sleep well during the day is essential. Law enforcement officers rarely get the information and support they need to sleep well with the demands of the job. This course changes that by empowering you with sleep skills!

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Why Learn to Sleep Well now?

You can go to bed confident that you will sleep well.

No more wondering all day or evening how you are going to sleep tonight. With proven strategies that support your natural sleep-wake cycle, you can feel confident that you will sleep well tonight. You will know what to do to get the sleep you want.

You can become more energetic and enthusiastic for life.

When we're sleepy we lose that joi de vive that fuels our days. Recapture the energy you naturally have when you sleep well night after night. Have the energy you need to not only meet your commitments, but enjoy the extras that bring meaning to your life.

You can get the sleep you need to perform well every day.

When we don’t get the sleep we need, it carries over to impair our performance on the job at work and at home. Learn sleep skills so that you can rely on being at the top of your game with both cognitive and physical performance. You’ll notice the improvement, and so will your boss and co-workers.

You can feel emotionally calm and happy.

Research shows that poor sleep impacts not only our performance, but also our mood and ability to emotionally connect with others. This is where having sleep skills pays off in a better mood, and better relationships with your loved ones. This can be positively life-changing!
Dr. Catherine Darley
Dr. Catherine Darley is a pioneering internationally recognized expert in the use of natural, behavioral, and lifestyle medicine for the treatment of sleep disorders. After decades of patient care, she is bringing this know-how to you in these Skilled Sleeper courses. Dr. Darley’s interest in founding Naturopathic Sleep Medicine arises from the belief that since sleep is so basic and essential to health, it makes sense to use the most effective natural therapies to help people obtain the sleep they need.

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The Sleep Skills for Police Course

Module 1: Current Police Sleep and Practices

Law enforcement is the most sleep deprived occupation. This sleep deprivation impacts the officers’, their department, and the public they serve. Thankfully, there’s now more information about how sleep impacts our health, from blood pressure and heart disease, to anxiety and depression. Personal performance can also be impacted, from cognitive function to impulse control. Officers will learn how their personal health may be impacted, and complete the self-assessment to review with their healthcare provider to make sure risks are mitigated and health optimized. Focus on how much sleep is needed, versus how many hours of sleep police officers get. For leadership, this information is critical to understand the officer’s experience, and create a positive sleep culture in the department. 
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Module 2: Optimal Sleep and Well-Being 

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Let’s reverse the trend towards sleep deprivation with this deep dive into how sleep works, and what it does for us. Five domains are impacted by sleep: physical and mental health, cognitive and physical performance, and emotional regulation. In this lesson first identify where you personally feel the effects of poor sleep the most. Then identify how much sleep you do best with (hint: for those of you sleeping only 6 hours or less, you almost certainly need more!). With those insights, you’ll next design a sleep plan that ensures you get the sleep you need. This can be life-altering if you have been chronically sleep deprived!

Module 3: Strengthen Your Circadian System

Our bodies have 24 hour cycles, with sleep-wake being the most apparent. But did you know that every organ, even every cell, has a circadian rhythm too? There are times of day when performance is better, and times when it’s more challenging. Our circadian system is healthiest when we are synchronized with the natural light-dark patterns of our environment. Meal and exercise times are other important time cues. For police this can be a challenge, particularly when working extended shifts, night shifts, or a rotating schedule. Learn how to strengthen your circadian system, and identify the times of day that are your best for various tasks (including police officer sleep!). 
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Module 4: Identify Sleep Disorders

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Sleep complaints among law enforcement officers are rampant, many police have sleep problems. Some of the most common police officer sleep disorders are insomnia, restless legs syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea. We’ll do a deep dive into the most common sleep disorders and how they impact our overall health and performance. Then you’ll do a self-assessment looking for red-flags, particularly for police sleep apnea. We will discuss the most current recommended treatments, along with what type of provider is best to see for further evaluation and care. This is a critical step that can’t be overlooked as sleep disorders are under-diagnosed, and have a huge impact on our performance. Untreated sleep disorders unfortunately also increase our risk of medical conditions. 

Module 5: Practices to Reduce Vigilance

Law enforcement officers need to be vigilant in the course of their work. But those high levels of vigilance can interfere with police sleeping. Fortunately, there are skills that you can learn to calm your system and be ready for sleep. We’ll start with healthy wind-down practices, so your nervous system is calm before you even go to bed. A key part of this is learning to set your thoughts aside to calm a racing mind. Other strategies help you fall asleep once you’re in bed. All these together work to reduce vigilance and allow peaceful sleep. Additional help is sometimes needed, and you will get resources for finding that support. 
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Module 6: Create an Ideal Bedroom 

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Having a sleep environment that promotes police officer sleep is so important, yet people have many questions about what will most support their sleep and overall health. This module goes into the details of how to create an ideal sleep environment, covering everything from light and temperature, to mattresses and other furnishings. Creating an ideal bedroom without disruptions often makes a bigger difference than people anticipate. What you learn here could surprise you , and will definitely make a positive impact. 

Module 7: How to Sleep During the Day

Many officers are doing the hard work of being on duty overnight. Though it’s a necessary part of the job, our whole body is designed for sleep at night. Being on the night shift schedule impacts our performance, and increases some health risks. Learn how to use precisely timed light, darkness, meal timing and other strategies to shift your body clock. This will increase law enforcement alertness, performance and safety in the middle of the night, and improve your ability to sleep during the day. Learning these sleep skills will pay off every time you do night shift!
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What Students Say

“Dr. Darley's Women's Health course was wonderful! She provided so many tips for me and my babies sleep in a clear and engaging way.”

- A.E., Women’s Sleep Health student

"It is really good content. Just doing the strategies to improve my bedroom made a difference.” 

- D.A., Skilled Sleeper student

So many people don’t have the skills they need to truly sleep well. Let’s change that, starting today. Invest $295 in getting the sleep you need to be your best self. 

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