Do you feel tired? Worn out? Do you need more sleep? You don’t have to feel miserable when you understand how to take care of yourself! Even if you work long hours, night shifts or juggle long and sporadic work and family schedules, you can use Dr. Miller’s insights to improve your health, feel happier at work and keep yourself safe along the way.
Although it has been proven in numerous studies over the past 30 years that working nights or on rotating shifts as a career may be damaging to your health, there are specific measures that you can take to reduce the risk.
The first five tips provide information about the biology of sleep and fatigue, the pattern of daily rhythms in mental performance, and the ease with which we are able to disrupt sleep, even without working at night. The next four tips deal with shiftwork schedules and their interactions with daily life. Tips 10 through 20 deal with specific fatigue countermeasures that you may be using now, seeing others use, thinking about using, or wondering about. The final tip is a caution about getting home safely after a night of work.
About The Author:
Dr. James Miller provides consulting services in Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) based upon 40 years of applied research and development concerning human cognitive performance and fatigue. He has focused mainly on the measurement and analysis of human physical and cognitive performance in military and civil aviation; highway, rail and maritime transportation; and night and shift work. Operator fatigue has been at the center of his interests since his days as an Air Force pilot in the C-130E Hercules tactical transport in Vietnam. Dr. Miller is the author of “Fatigue” in McGraw-Hill’s Controlling Pilot Error series (2001) and the ASIS CRISP report “Fatigue Effects and Countermeasures in 24/7 Security Operations” (2010).
Dr. Miller’s specialties include:
- Fatigue effects on worker productivity and risk during 24/7 work
- Fatigue effects on driver performance in 24/7 transportation operations
- Shiftwork schedule analysis and improvement
- Psychological and environmental effects on human physiology
- Fatigue associated with circadian rhythm effects
- Forensic investigations of accidents caused by fatigue, poor vigilance, lack of sleep and night work
If you have questions or comments about the Tips presented here, or similar matters, please contact Dr. James Miller from his web site at http://www.millergonomics.com/