NEW YORK (REUTERS) Dated: 6/3/12 – Many people have fought the urge to fall asleep during a boring meeting or the mid-afternoon slump but the problem seems to be more prevalent among airline pilots and train operators.
About a quarter of pilots and 23 per cent of train operators questioned in a National Sleep Foundation poll admitted that sleepiness had affected their job performance, compared to 17 per cent of non-transportation workers.
And about 20 per cent of members of both professions said they had made a serious error on the job because of their sleepiness.
‘The margin of error in these professions is extremely small. Transportation officials need to manage sleep to perform at their best,’ said David Cloud, the CEO of the Virginia-based foundation.
From: Bernard C
My comments …
I will just comment that shift work is no joke. Sometimes we wake up at 0330 hrs to report for work at 0430 hrs. That’s early morning shift. On other days, we work till 0100 hrs. By the time we go home it’s already 0200 hrs! Most of us suffer from eating disorder or gastric ailments.
Try going to bed by 2100 hrs to sleep. Can’t really sleep. By the next morning got to force myself to wake up by 0330 hrs. Tired? Sleepy? Dreamy? Of course! We are not machines. Especially when you are getting older, the body’s biological clock is slow to adjust. Just like jet lag, we are turned into zombies – the walking dead after a spell of early morning shift followed by post midnite shift.
Our life revolves around the 7-day rotating shifts with rotating off days without any social activities. When we work our friends rest but when our friends work we rest. That’s my routine for the past 17 yrs. When will it end it all? Sometimes I wonder.
How to solve this ‘can’t sleep’ sleeping problem? Simple. Just go to JB buy “Rhinathiol Promethazine” @RM18.00 or “Bena Expectorant” @RM12.00! Just take a little and sleep will set in after one hour. Can’t get it here cuz it’s controlled. Only in JB you can easily buy them. Just get a dozen and tekan them to get your much needed desired sleep.
Does anyone bother? Do they care? Not at all. That’s not my problem they say. The “door” is always open they keep chanting this mantra in unison! What can we say? Nothing can we say. Take it or leave it. Don’t kpkb.
When I hit 55 years in a few years’ time, I think I better change job. I just can’t keep on abusing my body indefinitely. Really langgar!