The biggest increase in blood plasma concentrations of caffeine can occur 20 minutes faster by chewing caffeinated gum …Continue reading →
I suggest trying out the calculator, I bet you will be surprised by how much fatigue is costing your organization every yearContinue reading →
There is no perfect shift-system. But there are a few best practices we can use when planning schedules.Continue reading →
Whether you are traveling this holiday season, or you travel for work, here are some tips to help you sleep better during your travels.Continue reading →
NTSB says “The Captain and the First Officer were fatigued during the incident flightContinue reading →
..using caffeine as a fatigue prevention strategy or a fatigue countermeasure is a no-brainer.Continue reading →
To increase the likelihood that your 24/7 workforce will care more about getting appropriate sleep before work, and change their lives to do so, jump into their shoes and figure out how you would like to be treated in those shoes…and then, treat your workers that way.Continue reading →
If people are not that great at judging their own fatigue levels without a validated questionnaire, should we even consider getting them to judge how well they will perform at their current level of fatigue?Continue reading →
When organizations are setting up their fatigue risk management systems, they will always run into the challenge of assessing fitness to start or continue duty. You will often hear people saying “We cannot simply ask our shift-workers if they are … Continue reading →
REM sleep helps you deal with intense emotional experiencesContinue reading →
A recent study suggests that there might be a link between workload and sleep-related fatigue.Continue reading →
Whether people openly and freely report fatigue levels, fatigue risks or other critical information depends highly on an organization’s reporting culture.Continue reading →
For example, one study showed that introducing a sleep health training program and a sleep disorders screening opportunity netted 46% fewer disability days and 24% lower odds of filing an injury report in the training attendees versus non-attendees.Continue reading →
26% of all fatal and injury crashes are estimated to be related to fatigued driving and 167,000 Ontario drivers have been involved in at least one crash due to fatigued or drowsy driving.Continue reading →
If you reframe the problem as an opportunity, it gets really exciting. Instead of losing $80 million, look at it as an opportunity to make $80 million by addressing sleep-related fatigue issues.Continue reading →
Researchers found that sleep deprived people have a harder time remembering positive emotional words than negative emotional words compared to people who get the sleep they need. The difference is striking; there was a 59% deficit for positive words compared to only a 19% deficit for negative words.Continue reading →
A functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study showed that the amygdala’s reaction to negative emotional stimuli is greater in magnitude/intensity and volume in people who miss a night of sleep when compared to a control group. This study also showed that the connections between the amygdala and the MPFC were weaker in the sleep deprived group. This means that the amygdala’s reactions can’t be inhibited as well by the MPFC in people who lack sleep.Continue reading →
If you are developing a controlled rest procedure, here are 3 rules to keep in mind.
Rule 1: Some sleep is better than no sleep.
Rule 2: The second rule is that more sleep is always better.
Rule 3: The last rule is that sleep inertia needs to dissipate before a napper can be re-engaged in safety critical activities.
Fatigue countermeasures are strategies that can be used to fight fatigue that takes hold during duty. They should not be used routinely to keep pilots, mariners or train engineers and conductors alert and safe. Instead, fatigue prevention strategies should be the mainstay for alertness and safety. If people are routinely napping on the job, then they are too fatigued probably because the fatigue prevention strategies are failing.Continue reading →
Earlier this month the NTSB released an update into their investigation of the Airbus A320 that squeezed through a potential disaster by less than 59 feet. I finally found time to read through the update and it looks like the NTSB is sticking to their protocol of only releasing validated factual information. This is a good thing; it is still way too early to thoroughly identify all the causal factors. Plus, dropping hints at what they are considering would result in too much conjecture and a knee jerk reaction to stick together a patchwork of solutions.Continue reading →