COMBAT ENGINEER EFFECTIVENESS IN SUSTAINED OPERATIONS

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Authors
  1. Myles, W.S.
  2. Romet, T.T.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The effect of sleep deprivation and physical fatigue on selfpaced work output was determined in two sustained combat engineer operations. In the first (Ripe Sapper), four subjects went without sleep for 69 hours. During this period they performed only four physically demanding tasks, three of them in the last 24 hours. Continuous recordings of heart rate indicated that sleep deprivation, in the absence of physical fatigue, had no effect on work intensity and the work/recovery cycle. In the second sustained operation (Longue Journee), six subjects carried out a full schedule of physically demanding tasks during a period of sleep deprivation lasting 47 hours. Some of the tasks were repeated at least once so that the effects of sleep loss and physical fatigue could be assessed.
Report Number
DCIEM-86-R-27 —
Date of publication
15 Jun 1986
Number of Pages
36
DSTKIM No
86-02953
CANDIS No
97649
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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