Accession Number : AD0714299

Title :   Sleep Patterns of an Airline Pilot Operating World-Wide East-West Routes,

Corporate Author : RAF INST OF AVIATION MEDICINE FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Nicholson,Anthony N.

Report Date : 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The sleep patterns of an airline pilot operating long haul east-west routes have been observed over a period of eighteen months. The normal sleep pattern was modified by irregular duty periods and by adaptation to time zone change. It is considered that sleep disturbance rather than sleep deprivation is the main problem in such aircrew. The physiological significance of the sleep patterns experienced during route flying is not understood, but it would appear possible that complex adjustments of intrasleep cycles and short periods of sleep (naps) may provide an adequate sleep pattern. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PILOTS, *SLEEP), COMMERCIAL PLANES, STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), RESPONSE(BIOLOGY), TIME, PERIODIC VARIATIONS, AVIATION MEDICINE, STATISTICAL DATA, GREAT BRITAIN

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE