But not to worry... Wednesday Wellness is alive with Dr. Karlene
Dr. Larry will return next week.
Dr. Larry will return next week.
Actually, a little bit of information about myself and health. I started my Ph.D. in Holistic nutrition with plans of becoming a Doctor of Natural Health. Unfortunately this turned out not to be a good time to embrace such an undertaking ... NWA was filing bankruptcy, two daughters in college with the third getting ready to go, and we were in the process of selling our home... I put that degree on hold and ended up earning a Ph.D. in Life instead. But I've never stopped studying and learning about good health via the natural way.
Yesterday I set my alarm for 5:30 and awoke to be part of Round Table discussion on shift work and the ramifications that crazy sleep schedules has our health. WakeupSquad.com is a new site discussing sleep issues. You can click to the link above and Sign up for a free Shift Work Disorder (SWD) Self-Assessment Tool that you can share with your doctor. The Wake-up Squad will also send you some helpful information about SWD. Not until I joined this discussion did I realize that pilots are shift workers. Not only pilots, but authors and students are shift workers too!
International flying has a unique dilemma all its own. We lose days of sleep every month. For those of us who need "more" days in your life, this becomes a challenge. I was assigned an 11-day trip for next month. From the time I depart to the day I return I will be in a hotel "7" nights. The last day, I'll be able to sleep in my own bed. However, that still leaves me sleeping 8 out of 11 days. I'm losing "3" nights of sleep! How can that be? It's a reality.
This is a dilemma of the airline industry. How do we fix it? Since de-regulation it's infeasible for the airlines to schedule flights with crew fatigue in mind. They make an effort by teaching us how to nap on the planes during our required crew rest. But how many of you can nap 4 hours after you've awoken for your day in a noisy environment?
Sleep problems are not uncommon to writers either. I have many writer friends who are working a regular job, and/or raising a family. Their writing time occurs during the middle of the night when their family sleeps or they're not working their real jobs.
What about students who stay up all night to cram for an exam or study flying on the side while their life is going on full speed ahead face sleep issues? Normally you have youth on your side, but the impact is the same.
Flying, Writing, Driving, Living... Drunk?Studies show that being awake for 17 hours is equivalent to a .05% alcohol level. I wonder what the equivalence is for being awake 34 hours. Does anyone know?
Last week Dr. Larry addressed SLEEP issues with medical interventions. I wrote a few things that work for me in Flying Drunk and now the Wake Up Squad is on the team.
Sleep is a challenge to everyone and the Wake Up Squad is on it.
- Please leave me a message with what the Wake Up Squad can do for you! I'll pass the information on during our next meeting.
- If you have the sleep thing mastered, we would love to hear from you.
- If you have any ideas on how the airline industry can solve their unique dilemma, please share them here.
There will be more to come on this serious issue.
For now... check out a great shift work video by clicking Here They forgot to mention all our careers... but we are part of the 24/7 workforce.
Now... on the lighter side... the photo above is what I'm considering of putting on my book, Flight For Control. What do you think?
Enjoy the Journey!