Falling asleep at your job is not something anyone wants to be caught doing. There are some jobs you can get away with and some that you simply can not. One job that you definitely can’t fall asleep at is an airline pilot. The job is a very demanding one for sure. Travelling between time zones and days for long shifts can be a challenge to pilots. How can this problem be solved?
One innovative way is by using wearable technologies. Understanding the circadian rhythm and how it can affect performance is essential. Perhaps controlling/or supplementing with melatonin might help but can pilots ever really “catch up’ on sleep?
A company by the name of Fatigue Science has been working Air Georgian to build customized solutions for pilots using wearables. They are using wearable technologies that are allowing pilots to develop an understanding of their true fatigue levels during both rest and work hours. Pilots can view their fatigue projections and gain knowledge of their fatigue patterns and trends.
The Readiband wearable device captures high res sleep data and compares them to SAFTE (Sleep, Activity, Fatigue, and Task Effectiveness) models. The information is relied upon to the users when they need it the most, at the beginning of the shift.
Another amazing use of wearable technologies. Perhaps this can be transferable to first responders that are running long shifts.
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