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Owner of a lonely heart

Sep 12, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Are you a shift worker? Or perhaps you work long or odd hours, affecting the amount of social time and sleep you get? Ironically, sleep is often seen as something that can hold us back from social activity. However, the opposite seems to actually be the case.  

A recent study from the University of California, Berkeley, has found that loneliness and social isolation may be linked to a lack of sleep. The small study of 18 young adults found the more sleep deprived someone is, the less social they become. This social withdrawal is seen by others that the sleep-deprived person wants to be left alone, reinforcing the cycle of social withdrawal. Previous studies have also shown that people who struggle with loneliness, also have trouble sleeping.

Humans are inherently social beings, and it's clear that sleep helps us reconnect with our social circles. So, make sure you get sufficient shut-eye and schedule in that coffee catch-up you've been meaning to pen into your diary!

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Sneezing yourself to sleep

Sep 05, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Spring has sprung here in Australia, and as much as we are excited about the warmer weather, many of us are dreading the onset of seasonal allergies.

Common symptoms of hay fever can include:

  • Sneezing
  • Running nose
  • Blocked sinuses
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Problems breathing
  • Headaches
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Snoring

The above symptoms often cause sleep disturbances, resulting in fatigue. Over-the-counter and prescription medication such as antihistamines can reduce symptoms. However, don’t forget to check with a medical professional if it is safe to work or operate heavy machinery, as these types of medications can cause drowsiness. 

Other ways to help combat hay fever and ensure a good night's rest is to clean and update your sleep environment to include anti-allergenic pillows and mattress protectors, as well as the use of air filters.

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Fighting fatigue

Aug 28, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

The national defence research agency of Singapore, DSO National Laboratories (DSO) have been busy developing a driver fatigue system. The system monitors fatigue by using an eye tracker and EEG (Electroencephalography) to detect sleep spindles - the sudden bursts of oscillatory brain activity that occurs when you are sleepy. It intervenes 10 minutes before a driver falls asleep by vibrating on the zygomatic area of the head, which has a direct connection to the part of the brain that wakes one up.

The technology was developed to help keep defence personnel safe when driving long distances in training. However, it can also be applied in other 24-hour industries.  


Frederick Tey, Program Manager from the DSO National Laboratories “A lot of times we think that we can probably try and go that extra mile, but the moment you go into microsleep, that very split second, you could end up in an accident”. For more on the work from Frederick Tey, click here.

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Restless leg syndrome

Aug 22, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS), is a disorder causing an uncontrollable urge to move the legs (and sometimes arms), usually striking while lying in bed at night or during prolonged periods of sitting. Feelings of numbness, burning, tingling, aching, itching, or tugging beneath the skin of the lower legs are symptoms often reported by those who suffer from RLS, with temporary relief coming from moving the legs. Abnormal movement of the legs is also common.

The exact cause of RLS is currently unknown. What we do know is that fatigue can aggravate the symptoms and in turn, RLS can cause sleep disturbances resulting in fatigue. Along with medication prescribed by a doctor, various treatments can often help relieve symptoms of RLS including:

  • Improving sleep quality and quantity
  • Adopting healthy eating and drinking habits
  • Practisingrelaxation techniques such as meditation
  • Maintaining an adequate intake of vitamins & minerals including magnesium & iron

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Are you sleep deprived at work?

Aug 15, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Getting less sleep than your body requires seems to be the norm in this day and age, particularly due to the excessive social and work demands of daily life, combined with poor sleeping habits. How much sleep the body needs differs from person to person. However, the effects of sleep deprivation are common across the board.

General sleepiness is quite a distinctive symptom of sleep deprivation, yet the effects of being sleep deprived are much more serious as they can compromise one's abilities and performance, leading to errors while travelling to and from work, as well as at work. This, in turn, increases the risk of incidents and accidents. The effects of sleep deprivation include, but are not limited to:

  • Decreased mood & increased irritability
  • Decreased standard of communications
  • Decreased speed & accuracy
  • Problems with memory & judgment
  • Decreased physical strength
  • Excessive sleepiness, resulting in micro-sleeps

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Ground Control to Sleepy Tom

Aug 08, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

A 180-day trip to Mars is a tiring feat in itself, but the distance and duration of the journey alone aren’t the only challenges that scientists are currently investigating. Think of all the food, water and entertainment required for the crew during that time – if this could be reduced, we could be one step closer to Mars.

The answer? Putting the crew into a state of torpor. Torpor is essentially a state of deep sleep, quite like a human form of hibernation, where the body’s core temperature is reduced (not frozen).

Scientists are working on achieving a successful state of torpor by extending the current and evolving medical practice of Therapeutic Hypothermia (TH). TH is currently used for the treatment of various traumatic injuries by lowering a patient's body temperature by 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This causes their metabolism to reduce significantly and the body to enter an unconscious state.

Currently, TH can be maintained for a maximum period of 14 days, but scientist are now investigating the possibility of it being used for much longer periods.

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Introducing FatigueSafe

Aug 01, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Integrated Safety Support is excited to announce the launch of our new app – FatigueSafe!

The FatigueSafe App is designed to be a rapid personal self-check tool that simply walks people through a series of six questions related to sleep and fatigue. The questions relate to recent sleep quality & quantity, the presence of physical & mental signs of fatigue, and (probably most importantly) if the person feels fit to work, drive, etc. It is designed to complement (not replace) other layers of any Fatigue Management system.

It takes about one minute to complete a test, and the person is given a Green, Amber or Red outcome and any instructions for further action. The primary aim of the current version is to quickly provide a valuable self-reflection to inform the individual about their decisions related to commuting, driving, taking breaks, talking to a supervisor/manager, etc.

Our future outlook for the app is to create a Corporate version, where we would work with those clients who are interested in a more in-depth and customised version of the app. If that is of interest, or you’d like to find out more about the FatigueSafe App, please just let us know anytime, by email FatigueSafe@integratedsafety.com.au or by telephone +61 1300 98 57 58

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