Links on fatigue-related information
There are a number of online resources to help operators and pilots manage fatigue risk in addition to the comprehensive collection of material produced by CASA. While care has been taken in providing these links, CASA is not responsible for the content and you will need to assess the accuracy and reliability of the information.
General aviation references
- United States Federal Aviation Administration
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) site has a number of fatigue tools, educational material and links to articles.
An online encyclopedia, provides an overarching look at fatigue, as well as a list of fatigue-related aviation incidents. Keep in mind that Skybrary, like Wikipedia, can be edited by the public and this may affect the accuracy of the information.
Research and papers
- Aircrew fatigue
A report commissioned by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that reviews the program of work related to the sleep and wakefulness of the airline pilot. It provides a useful summary of research papers.
- CAA Paper 2003/08: A review of in-flight napping strategies
A report commissioned by the UK Civil Aviation Authority that reviews the value of in-flight sleep and napping in civil air operations.
- Abnormal glucose levels found in transportation accidents
A US Federal Aviation Administration Office of Aviation Medicine (OAM) report on abnormal glucose levels found in transportation accidents.
- Fatigue and fatigue research: The Australian experience
A paper reviewing the extent and nature of fatigue in road crashes in Australia. Countermeasures to reduce fatigue are discussed, along with constraints to their effective implementation.
- Fatigue countermeasures in aviation
This Aerospace Medical Association (ASMA) presentation from 2009 looks at circadian rhythms, healthy sleeping practices and the value of exercise and nutrition.
Sleep, exercise and nutrition
- Businesses waking up to the benefits of napping
This article, titled 'Tell your boss: A quick bit of sleep can actually make you more productive', delves into the sleep science of napping.
- 11 surprising health benefits of sleep
This article outlines the health benefits of sleep.
- Australasian Sleep Association
The peak scientific body in Australia and New Zealand representing clinicians, scientists and researchers in the broad area of sleep. The site has a search function that allows you to find sleep specialists by location.
- Narcolepsy and Overwhelming Daytime Sleep Society of Australia
A support group set up to provide counselling and information to people with sleep disorders.
- Sleep Disorders Australia
A voluntary group offering assistance and support to individuals and their families living with sleep disorders throughout Australia.
- Sleep Therapy Australia
A private psychological practice specialising in the treatment of sleep disorders, primarily insomnia. It is based in Queensland but has sleeping disorder information online, as well as an online treatment option.
- Fatigue prevention in the workplace
A guide that helps people with duties under occupational health and safety laws in NSW and Victoria to comply with those laws in relation to fatigue in the workplace. It explains how the way work is designed can be improved to address and reduce its fatigue risks.
- Better Health Channel
A Victorian government-sponsored health information site with topics including sleep and sleep hygiene.
- Coping with shift work
To what extent are shift workers vulnerable to mood disorders and depression?
- Health and safety executive
The development of a fatigue/risk index for shift workers, based on research by the UK Health and Safety Executive.
- Booster shots
An article from the Los Angeles Times about the effect the onset of daylight saving time can have on your health.
- Jet lag symptoms, treatment, causes, prevention
Images, a quiz and other information on jet lag and other causes of fatigue.
Other transport industry resources
- Driver fatigue
Driving while sleep deprived, especially late at night and at dawn, increases the risk of having a 'microsleep' and losing control of your vehicle. The same is likely to apply in the aviation environment. This website has general information about fatigue and useful resources including the ‘test your tired self’ quiz.