Fatigue and sleep debt can be a problem for controllers. We have designed a leaflet and a booklet to provide tips and tricks, knowledge and strategies that you can use to manage your lifestyle, in order to help you better manage your sleep.
When reading through the leaflet and booklet keep in mind that whilst some of the ideas/suggestions may seem a little eccentric, people are different, and something that may work for one person may not work for another. Find what works for you, and you will be one step closer to getting a good nights sleep and feeling more rested.
EUROCONTROL has developed a course on stress and fatigue management delivered at our Training Institute (IANS). It teaches acceptable means of compliance with the European Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340 and its application on recurrent stress and fatigue management training for air navigation service provides. In addition, attendees will gain valuable knowledge of useful tools for people in charge of the implementation of the requirements of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373.
The course provides insight into what is fatigue and stress, how they affects human performance and how to set up an integrated approach to consider fatigue and stress in ATM. It is developed by researchers in fatigue and stress management experienced in developing and implementing Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) and stress management solutions in aviation among other domains.
Shift workers who work at night, late evenings or early mornings will experience some degree of sleep deprivation leading to a fall in alertness during the duty period. For night workers, this is exacerbated by naturally falling performance that is driven by the circadian rhythm. The degree of sleep deprivation varies with the individual and becomes more pronounced with aging. Although counter measures such as napping before and during duty can help, it is likely that some adverse effects will persist. The consequence of a fall in alertness leads to slowed reaction times and reduced vigilance, poor decision making and lack of communication. In extreme cases this may contribute to incidents and accidents as evidenced by Exxon Valdiz and the Challenger space mission disaster.