Sep 26, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
Tired or fatigued employees can have a significant effect in the workplace, reducing productivity through personal days, reduced hours and a general decline in efficiency while working. The solution is simple, and no, it does not involve drinking copious amounts of coffee. Studies have shown napping to be quite beneficial, improving alertness and performance.
Workplaces around the world, such as some air traffic control organisations, have formalised a controlled napping procedure, where naps are built into a controller's daily schedule. The most beneficial nap we would recommend is one of 20-25 minutes in length, however, even a 10-minute power nap is enough to improve one's cognitive function and reaction time.
It is advisable to limit your naps to less than 30 minutes, in order to minimise sleep inertia - the period of impaired performance and grogginess experienced after waking - and allow yourself to wake up.
Join us in Singapore for our Fatigue Management & Human Factors in our 24-hour Society event in March 2019 to find out more about what the current
research tells us about naps. For more information on napping, contact us via
Sep 19, 2018 ISS Comments (0)
Here at ISS, we are often on the road (or in the air) travelling to meet and work with our clients. As much as our friends and family may be jealous of
our frequent travels, we all know full well that it’s not a holiday! For those who travel for work, as much as we may love it, there's is no denying
that travelling can be exhausting - we're yet to hear from someone who loves unpacking and repacking!
So what do we do to keep travel burnout at bay?
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!
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:
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.
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.
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
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:
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: