Study of Sleeping in a Chemical Protective Ensemble in a Warfare Environment
Final rept. 26 Aug 1981-2 Dec 1982
MACAULAY-BROWN INC FAIRBORN OH
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Experiments were performed to evaluate the quality of sleep experienced by individuals wearing different chemical protective ensembles CPE . A series of seven experiments were conducted in which two test subjects slept overnight in an environmentally controlled room while wearing either pajamas control ensemble or one of three different CPEs. The three CPEs tested were the standard West German ground crew ensemble, an ensemble comprised of a combination of equipment of which the Canadian chemical protective coverall was the principal item of clothing, and the U.S. Army standard ground crew ensemble Body temperatures, sleep records, and other physiological measurements were monitored overnight and form the basis of the objective evaluation. Subjective data were collected by an experiment monitor who kept the test participants under constant observation. Additionally, the participants were required to complete a standard debriefing questionnaire form each post-experiment morning. Because of the limited scope of the experiment, statistical analysis was not appropriate. However, both the objective and subjective data reflected consistent trends and allow confidence in the assessment that current U.S. and NATO CPE combinations provide for adequate sleep quality.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare