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Stories from 2021

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