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Stories from 2021

Jetlag – How best to reduce the symptoms and adapt your body clock.

Our body clock Every cell in our body has a natural circadian (24 hour) rhythm, which is controlled by our body clock, located in the brain. For example, the circadian rhythm in alertness ensures that we are awake and active during the day, and asleep at night. This 24 hour...Read more

The benefits of sleep for sporting performance

Our Fatigue Risk Management Team help organisations manage the risks associated with fatigue and workload and specialise in delivering fatigue risk management solutions for companies whose employees are involved in safety critical work, such as aviation, the petrochemical industry, road transport and the emergency services. Their work provides organisations with...Read more

How sleeping more can help me to become a better team leader

2021 has provided plenty of challenges for companies to overcome, but read our latest blog on how sleep could be the secret to your company’s success. Team leaders have the capacity to lift up and support their team so they can reach their full potential. If you are a team...Read more

How to reduce the impact of nicotine on sleep

You can add ‘sleep better’ to the very long list of reasons to quit smoking. Similar to caffeine, nicotine is a stimulant, which people use because of its alerting properties. Studies have shown that nicotine acts as a stimulant by releasing molecules in the body that are associated with both arousal, and the inhibition of sleep. Vaping may not involve the inhalation...Read more

Case Study: FRM in Remote Desert Site

Background: Baines Simmons Fatigue Risk Management Team (FRM) were commissioned by a global organisation’s Occupational Health Team to explore, for the first time, the sleep and fatigue of long-stay personnel living and working at a remote desert site. The study assessed the sleep duration, sleep quality and fatigue of personnel...Read more

Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

The term ‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination’ originates from China where people can work a ‘996’ schedule, working 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. However, it’s a behaviour that many of us may recognise. The concept is that people sacrifice sleep in order to create personal time, staying up late online,...Read more

Daily routines and sleep

Over this last year many of us have lost our usual daily routines, with no commute, lunch times with colleagues or clear time differences between office and home time. While this in itself is not necessarily a concern, routine helps cement the position of our circadian rhythm (body clock) and...Read more

Say Goodnight to Fatigue Risk With New Virtual Training Course From Baines Simmons

With the Covid-19 pandemic throwing traditional working patterns and staffing levels into disarray, particularly across the aviation industry, it’s never been more vital for employers to consider the impact of fatigue on their workforce. While many in the aviation industry have been grounded, those still working in air freight, cabin...Read more

Understanding the consequences of alcohol on sleep

Alcohol will make you sleepy, but you won’t sleep well for about an hour after your first alcoholic drink, your brain is stimulated to release dopamine, the so-called “happy hormone”. When you consume more alcohol though, it switches from being a stimulant to a sedative and slows down your central nervous...Read more

Extended Hours

In order to maintain a high level of alertness and performance, we are best suited to being awake for no more than about 16 hours following 8 hours of good quality sleep, although these values can differ slightly among individuals. However, you cannot ‘train’ yourself to work for longer or...Read more