Friday, March 1, 2013

Fatigue countermeasures

Fatigue  countermeasures that can help stay alert during the night shift: 
  • anticipate points of low alertness. If you know when you usually hit a low-point in your shift, you can take steps to minimize your alertness dip.
  • Take naps before work and/or during break (if allowed). Naps are a great and healthy way to boost energy for hours.
  • Use caffeine effectively. A cup of coffee or tea at the right time can be a great energy boost – just don’t consume caffeine too close to your bedtime.
  • Exercise or take a walk around the site – exercise gives you energy.
  • Talk to co-worker or make a phone call. Nothing stimulates the mind like talking to another person.
  • Listen to music or a talk show.
  • Vary your normal routine when possible.
  • Change posture frequently – alternate sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Play metal games. Keep your mind alert, your body will follow.
  • Read interesting material (if allowed).
  • Wear layer of clothing that can be added or shed depending on your core body temperature.
  • Increase workplace environment lighting. Watch out for too much glare, which can tire your eyes.
  • Develop healthier eating habits. Some snack food, like candy bars, can make you more tired.
  • Keep healthy snacks nearby like pretzels, fruit or vegetables (if allowed).                 Curtsy : QCM News letter

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