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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Dr Adrian Owen, a renowned neuroscientist from Western University in Ontario, Canada,
has very recently launched the world's largest sleep-and-cognition study to help understand the effect sleep and sleep deprivation has on our brains.
Researchers aim to better understand why the brain craves sleep and what happens to our thinking abilities when we don't sleep well or enough. There is
currently little global-scale research into exactly how our brains deal with these sleep deficits.
Study participants are asked to track their sleep over a 3-day period while playing a set of scientifically valid tests of brain function. Sleep values
and performance data will be available for participants to view and compare with other volunteers throughout the 6-month study.
For more information on the study, or to sign up to participate click =>here<=.
At ISS we have recently been conducting several large studies on helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft pilots around the world. Specifically, we have been
collecting objective sleep and performance data, as well as self-reported sleep and fatigue data. If you would like more information about the types
of data we can collect contact us via Facebook, LinkedIn or comment below.