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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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A water cooler conversation

Jun 21, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Every day deserves to be a day of recognition, celebration and/or awareness of worthy causes. Today, the 21st of June 2018, we get to know our fearless leader, Dr Adam Fletcher, a little more - over an espresso or two (or red wine) - with questions relating to today’s international recognition days and their link with fatigue and sleep.

 

International Yoga Day

What role do you believe Yoga has in Fatigue Management?

“I can only speak from my personal experience on that question. I have been practicing yoga on a weekly basis for about 7 years, and it has definitely helped me manage stress in my body and mind as well as improve my sleep.”

What relaxation techniques can be used for sleep, fatigue, etc?

“There is a large and growing set of scientific/medical research papers on this question. Some relations techniques require more discipline, and some are quite simple, which is what I personally lean towards. When I am trying to sleep, I simply focus on my breath, and don’t force anything but just let the breath happen.”

World Music Day, also known as Make Music Day

What music do you like to listen to when you are winding down?

“The only time I really listen to calming, classical music is when I am about to sleep; mainly just on a digital classical radio station.”

What music do you listen to, to keep yourself awake?

“Having looked at a variety of research on this topic I am not convinced that music can help a person stay awake for any sustained period. However, I do have different music choices for different types of tasks. Sometimes heavy rock for getting a report done, dance music for processing data and doing analyses and Jazz for reflectively working on strategic questions.”

 

Winter solstice

What are the long-term effects of less natural light exposure, and the reverse?

“That’s a very difficult question to answer, and maybe impossible. That’s because there are so many effects of light (or lack of it). Without being too wordy, I’d say having a healthy sleep pattern depends on light but many other systems also depend on the downstream effects of light, such as getting Vitamin D and the many benefits that can have on health.”

What are your tips in getting the right amount of natural light exposure during the winter months?

“For healthier circadian rhythms and sleep patterns, the ideal is to get a similar amount of light each day (the brighter the better), although that is impractical for many of us. Unfortunately, many places in the world are not conducive to Vitamin D production for many months of the year, so oral supplementation is necessary”.

 

If you have questions for Adam, or suggestions for future posts please let us know via email at info@integratedsafety.com.au or leave a comment below.

 

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Digital Detox

Jun 05, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

A survey carried out in September 2017 by global tech protection and support company Asurion, found that the average American adult can’t go more than 10 minutes without checking their phones.

In extreme cases, 1 in 10 people check their phone every 4 minutes, and 60% of those surveyed occasionally experience stress when their phone is off or out of reach.

This digital addiction is the new focus of companies like Apple and Google.

Apple’s “Digital Health” software for iPhones and iPads as part of the new iOS 12 operating system, and Google’s “Dashboard” for Android P, aim to help users manage how much time they spend on their phones and tablets, with tools such as usage analytics.

Users will be able to set limits for apps, so you can decide if and when you want to use your phone. Additional features such as “Do not disturb” and “Wind down” functions will also be introduced to allow users to start preparing to sleep at night.

How do you currently control your technology use to help manage sleep, fatigue, and performance?

Stay tuned, as we are in the testing phase of our upcoming Fatigue Safe App, which will also aim to help you manage your fatigue.

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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 (1)

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.

Integrated Safety Support will be hosting Fatigue Management & Human Factors in our 24-hour Society #FMHFSingapore - the first ever international conference event of its type to be held in the Asia-Pacific region, in Singapore from Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th of March 2019. Click here to access our Early Bird tickets.

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