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Air traffic controllers and pilots are key in providing a safe takeoff and landing. Aviation is a 24/7 industry and does not make it easy for pilots, air traffic controllers, and mechanics to be alert on the job. When an airliner crashes, it takes the lives of many. Adults need about 8 hours of sleep to function well.
Health Effects from Sleep Deprivation
Performance Effects from Sleep Deprivation
Good Sleep Habits
|Things to Avoid||Things To Include|
|Alcohol (especially before bedtime)||Establish a regular sleep schedule both sleep time and wake time|
|Nicotine||Exercise 3 hours before bedtime (within your doctor's guidelines)|
|Caffeine, especially 8 hrs before bedtime||Eat a healthy diet (within your doctor's guidelines)|
|Heavy and/or spicy meals before bedtime||Eat a light snack before bedtime|
|Watching the clock (turn the clock away from your visual)||Create a comfortable, cool, dark sleep environment|
|Going to bed when you are not sleepy||Establish relaxing habits at bedtime such as reading and meditation|
|Lingering in bed sleepless for more than 15 minutes||When sleepless leave your bed and do something relaxing|
|TV, long engaging reading or computer during the night||Use your bed for sex and sleep only|
Shift Work Tips
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that goes undiagnosed and compounds air safety. Screening for sleep apnea can help identify those at risk and be the difference between life and death. A person with sleep apnea stops breathing during sleep and reduces the quality and quantity of his or her sleep. Additionally, it drops the blood oxygen level and triggers the heart to work harder. This increases both medical health and safety issues. Diagnosing sleep apnea requires a sleep study. Effective treatment of sleep apnea dramatically improves the ones well-being. Once identified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a current report from the physician treating and documentation proving the symptom of sleepiness is resolved and compliance with treatment. A maintenance wakefulness test (MWT) may be required.
Types of Sleep Testing
CPAP Therapy for the Treatment of Sleep Apnea
Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP therapy treatment delivers fresh, filtered air and opens and keeps the airway open. There are a variety of different styles of therapy, types of machines, and various masks to choose from. Finding the right combination can make for a good night’s sleep and a healthier you. St. Luke’s offers complementary services to help patients struggling with their therapy to achieve compliance with their treatment.
Complementary CPAP Desensitization Programs