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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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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.

For more information on automation, contact us via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or comment below. 

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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.

 

For more information on fatigue in the marine industry, or collecting sleep and hours or work data, contact us via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or comment below.

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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

For more information and tips on travelling, contact us via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or comment below.

 

 


 

 

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dec 20, 2017 ISS Comments (0)

 

The winter solstice is fast approaching in the northern hemisphere, and the days are becoming shorter and colder. It is quite normal to be feeling the winter blues at this time of year, but some people experience a more extreme and seasonal form of depression that interferes with things like their mood and sleep. This condition is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and is believed to be caused by a decrease in light exposure during the winter months.

The body’s circadian rhythm depends immensely on sunlight, and when it’s not in abundance during the winter months, disruptions to the biological clock can be experienced. With lower vitamin D absorption, and lower serotonin and melatonin production, the following can be experienced:

  • Low energy and mood
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Fatigue

During the winter months, we recommend to get as much sun as possible, stay active and ensure you don’t sleep for more than 7-9 hours a night.

For more information on seasonal affective disorder, contact us via Facebook, LinkedIn or comment below.


 

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