Accession Number : ADA457163


Title :   Sleep Patterns of Naval Aviation Personnel Conducting Mine Hunting Operations


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Solberg, Bennett J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a457163.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 81


Abstract : Detailed research conducted over the past forty years has conclusively determined that varying degrees of sleep loss shifts in sleep cycle increased stress and even changes in time zone with respect to daylight transition result in a myriad of physiological and psychological degradations (Helmreich 2000). Fatigue affects human performance adversely resulting in predictable changes not only on the individual level but also on the system as a whole. This descriptive study investigates the amount and quality of sleep received by aviation personnel assigned to an operational squadron conducting mine hunting operations. Wrist activity monitors (actigraphs) were used to determine objective assessments of sleep quantity and quantity. Demographic variables and additional measures such as reported sleepiness fatigue ratings caffeine and alcohol use were also collected. Despite a number of factors which altered the original study design significant differences in amount of sleep, sleep quality and predicted effectiveness of personnel by officer-enlisted status were identified.


Descriptors :   *NAVAL PERSONNEL , *SLEEP DEPRIVATION , *AVIATION PERSONNEL , *FATIGUE(PHYSIOLOGY) , TEST AND EVALUATION , NAVAL AVIATION , QUANTITY , TIME , PHYSIOLOGY , PSYCHOLOGY , CAFFEINE , MINE HUNTING , TRANSITIONS , RATINGS , PATTERNS , THESES , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , PREDICTIONS


Subject Categories : Stress Physiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE