This overview of fatigue includes fatigue definitions, the measurement / assessment of fatigue, and the performance, mood, and safety problems associated with fatigue in the operational setting. The physiological bases of fatigue are discussed, so the reader understands that fatigue is a physiological phenomenon that is not "just a state of mind". Scientifically-valid countermeasures are discussed and data from a variety of sources are included to provide readers with a "toolbox" from which they can choose solutions to fatigue-related problems. The book is of interest to aviation crews in both civilian and military sectors, managers as well as aviators, flight deck as well as maintenance crews. It aims to be 'user-friendly', although scientific information is included to help the reader understand why certain behaviours occur.
Table of Contents
Contents: The Problem of Fatigue: Introduction; An overview of fatigue. Causes of Fatigue: The nature of fatigue; The processes underlying sleepiness (fatigue) and alertness; Circadian rhythms; Sleep facts; Sleep disorders; Other factors associated with sleep difficulties. Countermeasures for Fatigue: The need for fatigue countermeasures; Sleep optimization: the first-line fatigue countermeasure; Anti-fatigue strategies for shift lag and jet lag; Anti-fatigue strategies for situations involving sleep restriction; Issues to consider when launching a program of fatigue management; References and suggested readings; Index; About the authors.
'The Caldwells have written an easy to read book that translates scientific findings on fatigue into practical and effective strategies that will improve alertness and performance in flight ops. Aviation professionals--including flight crew, cabin crew, maintenance personnel, schedulers, safety professionals, and all levels of managers--should read this excellent book and use the information to reduce known fatigue-related risks and enhance flight safety.' Mark R. Rosekind, President and Chief Scientist, Alertness Solutions and Former Director, NASA Fatigue Countermeasures Program, USA '...by means of practical examples, some very lively, the scientific jargon surrounding the issue of fatigue becomes very familiar...very interesting' Aerlines Magazine June 2004 'Fatigue in Aviation is wholeheartedly recommended - for flight crews and everyone else in aviation whose work impacts the lives of others: security; maintenance; emergency services; airline management; air traffic control....and, indeed, for anyone who's ever had a bad night's sleep.' The Aerospace Professional, August 2005