shift workers

Rising Unemployment and Longer Working Hours Highlight Fatigue Policy Flaws

Media Release.  September 13, 2013. This month the Health Services Union negotiates with the State Ambulance Service over rosters for regional paramedics, with fatigue as a major issue.  Earlier in the year the Industrial Relations Commission ratified an agreement to remove rosters that the union said required paramedics to be on call for 16 hours […]

At Risk Industries for Sleep Disorders

Here is a video of Dr Czeisler summarizing the results of the Sleep Disorders, Health, and Safety in Police Officers study conducted by JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, and published in the journal December 20, 2011. At risk industries also include, in my opinion, any that involve sleep deprivation, shift work, stress, […]

Jet Lag Sleep Solution

The problem with traveling large distances is that we travel into new time zones which our bodies don’t naturally respond to straight away – leading to jet lag. We are surrounded by natural rhythms of day and night, the seasons, lunar cycles, body cycles, and importantly cycles and rhythms that effect our sleep. The daily […]

How to Minimize the Ill-Effects of Shift Work

The results of a new study performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre was published in the April 13 issue of the scientific journal Public Library of Science One. It contains new and helpful information about shift work. The study was performed with the help of 388 nurses working shift work, with research being conducted on […]

Could There Be a Genetic Advantage for Some Shift Workers Over Others?

The results of important research into nurses employed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center doing shift work, was published on April 13, 2011. Most interestingly, a number of genes appear to have an impact on the effectiveness of the sleep deprivation strategy that some nurses use when they change shifts. The study recognized that the daily […]

Virgin Active Health Club Sleep Pods for Napping

Wednesday morning I was helping Virgin Active Health Clubs announce the results of their new sleep survey that was focused on workers obtaining a healthier and more balanced lifestyle, increasing their productivity and motivation at work, etc. A fabulous focus, don’t you agree?  I haven’t seen such a useful survey designed to help 9 to […]

Plane Crashes and other Errors

Plane Crashes and other Errors Just finished reading ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell, and there was some interesting information about plane crashes, how they happen etc in the chapter called ‘The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes’. Here are some revealing quotes: “In a typical crash, for example, the weather is poor – not terrible, necessarily, but […]

E. Shift workers, Jetlag, Varying Sleep Times

SHIFT WORKERS, JET LAG, VARYING SLEEP TIMES Shiftwork In a Nutshell Putting your body clock out disturbs your sleep.  Apart from developing your own technologies around Melatonin (by trial and error, and discipline) – we recommend you develop some damage control techniques. Crack it Now! Take time to readjust after work before attempting to go […]

Coronary Heart Disease and Sleep

The following relationships have been established linking coronary heart disease and sleep: Sleep apnea is associated with heart disease. Studies have shown that between 50 and 80 percent of stroke and heart failure patients have some form of sleep disordered breathing. Sleep apnea has been associated with depression. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is associated with […]

Melatonin, Cortisol and Sleep

Melatonin is sometimes referred to as the dracula hormone.? It is produced in the hypothalmus and is favourably affected by moonlight.? The retinal gangleon cells (found in the ganglion cell layer of the retina of the eyes)? receive visual information from photoreceptors and transmit visual information to other areas of the brain. Photosensitive ganglion cells […]