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Railroaders And Sleep

I cannot think of any occupation where health sleep is harder to come by than in the railroad industry. Things have gotten better lately, but many railroad workers have suffered years and years of sleep deprivation. Studies are confirming that there is a significant relationship between lack of sleep and some common medical conditions. Heart disease and diabetes have been linked to poor sleep patterns. This connection is not entirely new, and certainly that fact that lack of sleep is unhealthy is well know in general. Should the railroads in this country take employee health issues into account when setting work demands? Of course. Are many employees now paying the price for their failure to do so – suffering from pre-mature heart disease and diabetes? It seems more and more likely. Give us a call if you would like to discuss your health and determine whether you may have a claim under the Federal Employers Liability Act.

Here is a link to the Harvard Medical School’s website regarding Railroaders and healthy sleep: http://www.railroadersleep.org/

By Matt Darby

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