Interim NIOSH Training for Emergency Responders: Reducing Risks Associated with Long Work Hours

VI. Personal Strategies to Promote Good Sleep and Alertness

“[During the Ebola response], I found it nearly impossible to find enough time for sleep, exercise, or just to be alone, all of which would have helped me cope with the daily physical and mental challenges. Although I formed a strong bond with my team, I felt I shouldn’t talk with them about my stress and anxiety from seeing the sick, the dying, and the orphaned children. We were all experiencing the same challenges and stressors.
– Quote from deployed Ebola responder

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