Better sleeping strategies for paramedic students and young recruits could help protect them against poor mental health and insomnia.
Calls for more sleep support for new paramedics
New paramedics should be given more support and better sleep strategies to protect them from poor mental health, researchers say.
Insomnia and depression increase within six months of recruits starting work, according to new research published in the journal Sleep.
A total of 101 paramedics were involved in the study between August 2018 and December 2020, which was run by scientists from Monash University and Ambulance Victoria.
It found recruits who already have insomnia before starting work were more likely to experience worse depression during those crucial first months.