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How do you sleep at night?

Apr 18, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Do you wake up in the morning feeling less than refreshed and struggling to stay awake during the day? The young man in the YouTube video below certainly did. He had a sneaking suspicion that his loud snoring had something to do with it and decided to film himself while he slept.

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where patients have repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the throat during sleep. The throat vibrates and causes snoring. Sleep apnea remains largely undiagnosed, as apnea events happen during sleep. Unless you have a bed partner who complains to you about your freight train-like snoring, it is difficult to self- identify whether your breathing is interrupted while you’re sleeping.

It can be easily assumed that sleep apnea suffers are mostly overweight men, but in reality, and as the video shows, sleep apnea can affect anyone. The best way to diagnose it, with an overnight sleep study

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Karoshi

Apr 11, 2018 ISS Comments (2)

 

Japan has a culture of long working hours, in fact, some of the longest working hours in the world. In recent years, there have been multiple high-profile cases of people in Japan working themselves to death, which has pushed this issue into the spotlight.

Karoshi, which can be translated literally as "overwork death", is the word used in Japan to define sudden occupational-related mortality. The primary medical causes of karoshi deaths include heart attack and stroke due to mental and physical stress, as well as starvation.

In 2013, a 31-year-old journalist died of heart failure, after having reportedly worked 159 hours of overtime in one month. In 2014 a 27-year-old trainee at a casting company also died of heart failure, after having worked up to 122.5 hours of overtime month. Both cases were officially attributed to karoshi.

In 2017, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare released a White Paper stating that an agreement had been reached on the maximum hours of overtime work to be set at 45 hours per month and 360 hours per year.

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Things you didn't know about daylight saving time

Mar 28, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

By now, most of us have either moved in or out of daylight saving time (DST). For us here in Melbourne Australia, it signals the rapid decline into cold and dark winter, making us slightly jealous of our friends in the northern hemisphere! However, we’ve been doing some interesting reading about moving into DST, that has made the thought of rugging up that little bit easier!

According to research:

Not all is bleak when it comes to DST! Research has found that criminal activity such as robberies decreases by 7% following the shift to DST.

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Minimising Fatigue in Formula 1

Mar 21, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

The Formula 1 is a race of skill, stamina and endurance, where drivers are behind the wheel of a race car for hours at a time with massive forces working against their bodies. Drivers are susceptible to both physical and mental fatigue, and like most athletes, require adequate levels of sleep, nutrition and recovery to manage their fatigue.

Australia’s own Daniel Ricciardo and his performance coach, Stuart Smith, explain how the Redbull Racer keeps himself in prime condition for racing, by following three important elements:

  • Switching off
  • Training
  • Maintaining Routines

These elements are a great way to help manage fatigue and are not just exclusively for athletes. Smith states that it is essential to completely unwind and get a proper mental and physical break. And for those crossing time zones like the Formula 1 teams, ensuring that you have adequate travel time before race day is essential, to be able to acclimatise to time zones and the environment.

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Does magnesium help you sleep?

Mar 14, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Magnesium is one of our body’s 24 essential vitamins and minerals, playing a critical role in our health. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for getting you calm and relaxed, by regulating neurotransmitters. It also regulates melatonin in the body, which is the hormone that regulates our circadian rhythm

 

Sleep disturbances are a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep and often wake throughout the night.

 

Maintaining healthy magnesium levels can lead to deeper, more sound sleep. It can also help with sleep disorders such as restless-leg syndrome. Taking magnesium supplements is a great way to keep your levels up. However, there are insufficient studies that have directly tested the effect of magnesium supplements on sleep disturbances, making it hard to recommend specific amounts. We would recommend taking 100-350mg a day.

 

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The age of automation

Mar 07, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

The age of automation is upon us. Whether you like it or not, your car will eventually be driving you home from work and your fridge will be ordering avocados from the store because it knows Monday is Mexican night and your tacos must have guacamole!

The advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, internet technologies and cloud computing are increasing at a rapid rate. In aviation, automation technology has in fact been around for decades and was introduced to increase precision and economy of operations while reducing pilot workload and training requirements. The aim was not to replace the pilot but to reduce the number of human-related errors.

Automation developments are creating workplaces of the future in which people have more time to think and do, while devices run and gather data to complete jobs in quicker time than originally thought possible. Automation is bringing significant advantages in safety and productivity for organisations.

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Fatigue in Mariners

Feb 28, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Fatigue has long been an issue recognised in the marine industry and has been associated with several accidents at sea. Project MARTHA was launched in 2013, to look at the growing international issue of fatigue in greater detail.

The study aimed to get a better understanding of fatigue, as well as the psychosocial issues associated with long-term fatigue and motivation during long tours of duty. The study was completed over three years by collecting data from industry through questionnaires, diaries and actigraphy watches.

The research conducted under Project MARTHA’s found that:

  • Tours of duty over six months may lead to increased levels of fatigue, loss of sleep quality and reduced motivation;
  • Night-watch keepers are most at risk of falling asleep on duty;
  • Captains feel stressed and fatigued at the end of their tours of duty, and require significant recovery time.

 

It was also acknowledged that managing the risk of fatigue can improve the health of crew and minimise near-misses, incidents and accidents at sea.

 

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Exploding head syndrome

Feb 23, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Imagine drifting off to sleep, only to wake abruptly to an extremely loud sound such as thunder or a gunshot, and realise that nothing is actually going on. Mind blowing, right?

Exploding head syndrome is a sleep disorder that often occurs in people who are dealing with high levels of stress and physical or mental fatigue. Contrary to earlier theories that exploding head syndrome predominately occurred in older people; a recent study found that is relatively common amongst younger people as well.

It can quite obviously interfere with sleep, as well as exacerbate ones fatigue and anxiety levels. To help you relax before going to bed and get to sleep easier, we recommend to:

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Do energy drinks give you wings?

Feb 16, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Energy drinks – there’s no doubt that consuming them will make you feel more awake and alert in the short term, but no amount of added vitamins or supplements are going to turn them into a healthy option for boosting energy levels. Laden with high amounts of caffeine and sugar, these drinks certainly wreak havoc with your sleep. 

Consumption of energy drinks can lead to:

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Drowsiness throughout the day
  • Energy spikes and crashes

A study conducted with college students showed that consuming 3 or more energy drinks per week increased daytime dysfunction due to sleep loss, decreased sleep duration and increased the use of sleep medication amongst the students.

Although many energy drinks contain similar amounts of caffeine per 250ml as a cup of coffee, many of these drinks are sold in larger servings and therefore have higher amounts of caffeine. In addition, a standard energy drink generally contains more sugar than the recommended 25 grams per day!

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Around the world in... 52 hours?

Feb 09, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

The team at ISS are seasoned travellers, working with clients and attending events around the globe. We may have a few around the world trips under our belts, however we certainly aren’t breaking any records like Andrew Fisher.

Andrew, an airline executive, recently circled the globe, flying 3 different airlines in a record-breaking 52 hours and 34 minutes. His trip begun in Shanghai, where he boarded a flight to Auckland, then Buenos Aires and Amsterdam before returning to Shanghai.

Having been in transit for a short total of 5.5 hours, Andrew admitted that travelling continuously is emotionally and physically taxing. When we are travelling long distances, we like to:

  • Plan our trip in a westerly direction where possible
  • Give ourselves enough downtime to shift our circadian clock once we arrive at our final destination
  • Use light and melatonin to help shift our circadian clock
  • Keep hydrated throughout our journey

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