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Dr John Kerr

Dr John Kerr
Chair, DoL, Exposure Panel on Workplace Psychosocial Issues
jandakerr@gmail.com

(P19, Thursday 27, Civic Room 3, 11.00)

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  • This page is self explanatory and sets the scene for the remainder of the presentation – Sleep is a critical health issue. It has become more important in recent decades – as 24/7 has come upon us. Teenagers and old people have different sleep physiologies and needs – the presentation does not mention that much.
  • The invention of the electric light bulb is credited with many of our sleep problems! Sleep problems are directly implicated in many health problems.
  • Sleep problems rank high relative to other health problems – they are NOT trivial.
  • Sleep deprivation is a relative concept. Small amounts of sleep loss (eg, 1 hour per night over many nights) have subtle cognitive costs, which often go unrecognized by the individual experiencing the sleep loss. More severe restriction of sleep for a week leads to profound cognitive deficits similar to those seen in some stroke patients, which also appear to go unrecognized by the individual. The lack of recognition of the effects of sleep deprivation appears to be a constant feature .
  • Short-term sleep deprivation has been implicated in contributing to obesity as well as glycemia dysregulation contributing to poor control of type II diabetes.
  • As the function of sleep has not been fully determined, the absolute number of hours necessary to fulfill its function is still unknown. Some individuals claim full effectiveness with only 3-5 hours of sleep per night, while some admit needing at least 8 hours of sleep per night (or more) to perform effectively. Sleep deprivation is therefore best defined in terms of the tasks impaired. With decreased sleep, higher-order cognitive tasks are affected early and disproportionately. Tests requiring both speed and accuracy demonstrate considerably slowed speed before accuracy begins to fail.

Dead Tired Presentation Transcript

  • 1. ‘ Dead Tired’ Members of the DoL Psychosocial Panel
  • 2. Panel Members
    • Dr. John Kerr
      • Occupational Physician, Hastings
    • Rachel Irwin
      • Clinical Psychologist, Wellington
    • Dr. Mark Floyd
      • Occupational Physician, Wanaka
    • Shona Kelly
      • Occupational Health Nurse, DoL, Whangarei
    • Frank Darby
      • Technical Leader, DOL, Wellington
  • 3.
    • Scene Setting John Kerr
    • Physiology of Normal Sleep Rachel Irwin
    • Physiology of Sleep Deprivation Shona Kelly
    • Workplace Effects Frank Darby
    • Sleeping Well Frank Darby
    • Conclusion John Kerr
  • 4. Scene Setting
  • 5. 1 Scene Setting - Relevance
    • Sleep is the third pillar of health – food, nutrition and sleep
    • Fatigue kills
    • Sleep is critical to:
      • health,
      • workplace safety and
      • Productivity.
    • Increasingly we are living in a 24 hour society
    • Different age cohorts have different sleep requirements
      • Teenagers
      • Older people
    • It is the most common medical disorder
  • 6. 2 Scene Setting - Historical Facts
    • In US 90 minutes less sleep per night in 2010 compared 1900
    • Recent US study 90% presenting to GP had sleep related symptoms
    • Sleep loss and poor sleep are significant factors in:
      • Depression/Diabetes/Obesity/Hypertension/Cancer
      • Memory & memory consolidation/Concentration/Learning/Work performance/Alertness
      • Many others no doubt
  • 7. 3 Scene Setting - Outcomes
    • Sleep disorders rank in the top ten risk factors for health conditions, and exceed such factors as alcohol or unsafe sex!
    • Equals annual estimated cost of asthma!
    • Effective treatment measures are available
  • 8. Physiology of Normal Sleep
  • 9. 1 Physiology of Normal Sleep
    • NREM (Non - Rapid Eye Movement).
    • Stage N1 – transition between wake and sleep
      • Drowsy state, high muscle tonus, and absence of rolling eye movements
      • Occurs upon falling asleep and during brief arousal periods within sleep
      • 2-5% of total sleep time
    • Stage N2
      • Decreased muscle tonus
      • Occurs throughout the sleep period
      • 45-55% of total sleep time
  • 10. 2 Physiology of Normal Sleep
    • Stage N3 – delta or slow wave sleep
      • Most restful phase
      • Occurs mostly in the first third of the night
      • 5 to 15% of total sleep time
  • 11. 3 Physiology of Normal Sleep
    • REM (The rapid eye movement phase)
        • Active brain activity, absent muscle activity, rapid eye movements and dreaming
        • Occurs in 4-5 episodes throughout the night
        • 20-25% of total sleep time
        • Increases in duration throughout the night from <10 min to >60 min
        • NREM-REM cycles vary from 70-100 min initially to 90-120 min
  • 12. 4 Physiology of Normal Sleep
    • Circadian rhythms help coordinate body functions for optimal performance
    • Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) sets the clock to approximately 24.2 hours
    • SCN receives information on light and dark from the eyes and regulates body functions
    • Activity becomes random if SCN destroyed
  • 13. 5 Physiology of Normal Sleep
    • Body temperature
    • Strength
    • Alertness – reaction time and cognitive reasoning
    • Sleep/wakefulness
    • Concentration
    • Kidney function, hormone secretion, blood pressure and digestion
  • 14. Effects of Sleep Deprivation
  • 15. 1 Sleep Deprivation – effects on people
    • Decreased resistance to disease caused by a decrease in immune system function as measured by:
      • white cell count and activity
    • Increased inflammatory markers including
      • C reactive protein, an indicator of acute or chronic health problems
    • Decreased circulation
    • With sleep apnoea an increased risk of myocardial infarct (heart attack)
    • An increased risk by 3- 4 times of stroke
  • 16. 2 Sleep Deprivation - effects on people
    • Decreased insulin production and increased glucose blood levels
    • Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance and type II diabetes with inhibition of secreted insulin from the pancreas
    • Glucose-PET studies in individuals deprived of sleep have shown that after 24 hours of sustained wakefulness, the metabolic activity of the brain decreases significantly (up to 6% for the whole brain and up to 11% for specific cortical and basal ganglionic areas).
  • 17. 3 Sleep Deprivation - effects on people
    • Impaired appetite control in the hypothalamus leading to
      • increased hunger/appetite …caused by
      • decreased leptin production (the hormone that turns off hunger)
    • Sleep < 7 hours per night leads to an increased risk of obesity
  • 18. 4 Sleep Deprivation - effects on people
    • A decrease in core body temperature
    • Increased heart rate variability
    • Mood changes associated with depression
    • A decrease in the release of growth hormone.
  • 19. 5 Sleep Deprivation - effects on people
    • “ Delayed phase insomnia” is caused by growth hormone production in puberty where teenagers don’t feel sleepy till much later than normal due to a delay in their circadian rhythm.
    • Chronic insomniacs tend to think that they are awake a lot of the time that they are actually asleep and this often contributes to their anxiety and hence sleep deprivation.
    • Micro-sleeps.
  • 20. Workplace Effects of Sleep Deprivation
    • Prevalence Effects - Sleep disorders - Inadequate Sleep Costs Workplace prevention
  • 21. 1 Workplace Effects - Prevalence
    • Gander et.al. June 2001.
      • 27% of NZers reported a current sleeping problem.
    • Te Ropu Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pomare and the Sleep Wake Research Centre. April 1999.
      • 37% rarely/never got enough sleep
      • 46% rarely/never woke feeling refreshed.
      • Maori reported more sleep problems and greater daytime sleepiness
  • 22. 2 Workplace Effects – Sleep disorders
    • Over 70 Sleep disorders:
      • Insomnia
      • Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)
      • Restless legs syndrome
      • All compromise daytime alertness.
    • Inadequate Sleep - leads to or affects -
      • Tiredness and lethargy
      • Performance deficits
        • Memory and concentration
        • Attention span
        • Vigilance
        • Complex thinking
      • Mood changes
    } These 3 most common
  • 23. 3 Workplace Effects – Costs - 1
    • Conclusions of Hillman et. al. 2006
      • “ The direct and indirect costs of sleep disorders are high. The total financial cost (excluding suffering) of $4.5 billion represents 0.8% of the Australian GDP. The cost of suffering of $3.0 billion is 1.4% of the total burden of disease in Australia. Total = $7.5 Billion (2006)
      • Sleep disorders rank in the top 10, above alcohol and unsafe sex.
      • Sleep disorders contribute: - 9.1% of workplace injuries; - 8.3% of depression; - 7.6% of motor vehicle accidents; - 2.9% diabetes; - 2.1% hypertension
      • Direct health costs are 2% of $7.5 billion  not enough being done.
      • Spending on health disorders similar to that on asthma.
    The Economic Costs of Sleep Disorders. Hillman et. al. Sleep. Vol. 29. No. 3. 2006
  • 24. 4 Workplace Effects – Costs - 2
    • Hillman et. al.
    • Motor vehicle crashes - $0.8B
    • Workplace incidents - $2B
    • Productivity Costs - $1.2B
    • Boston Consulting
    • Studies examining
      • the effects of OSAS on MVA
      • the effects of treating OSAS on MVA
    • At least 112 lives saveable in Australia each year
    • Gander et. al. 2010.
    • Annual costs of OSAS for NZers (aged 30 – 60) are estimated at $40 million or $419 per case – with accidents a major contributor.
    • The estimated incremental net cost of treating OSAS was $389 per case treated, giving an estimated incremental net direct medical cost per quality of life year (QALY) of $94.
    • This is well below the average QALY cost of $6865 for drugs selected by PHARMAC for government subsidy.
  • 25. 5 Workplace Effects – Prevention
    • Awareness
    • Information and training
    • Policies
      • Sleep disorders and sleep quality
      • Shiftwork management
      • Rest breaks and Napping
    • Health monitoring for staff
      • For sleep disorders
      • For sleep quality
    Suggestions only Safety Critical Industries Drivers
  • 26. 6 Sleep Hygiene
    • 1 Physical 2 Food 3 Exercise 4 Technique 5 Routine See: www.sleep.org.au
  • 27. 1 Sleep Hygiene – Physical
    • Sleep in a dark (alkathene), cool room, in a warm, comfortable bed.
    • Control noises.
      • Which is more likely to wake you up – traffic (once you get used to it) or a helicopter flying over? Why? What is the significance of the answer?
      • When does noise compromise sleep the most?
    • Help wake up with sunlight – go outside.
    • Use sunglasses on the way home if you work shifts.
  • 28. 2 Sleep Hygiene - Food
    • Avoid before bed:
      • Heavy food
      • Spicy food
      • Lots of food in the stomach
      • Smoking, Caffeine and Alcohol before bed
    • If it dissolves in water – good for night shifts.
  • 29. 3 Sleep Hygiene - Exercise
    • Get regular exercise each day.
      • Before dinner or in the morning.
    • How can exercise help you sleep better?
    • When is exercise best for sleep?
    A fact not well known: People sleep better than they think. When people who have spent a night in a sleep laboratory are shown evidence of their sleep/wake distribution they usually express surprise. Conclusion: we sleep better than we think we do!
  • 30. 4 Sleep Hygiene - Technique
    • We can’t make ourselves fall asleep – so this section is about helping the conscious brain to cease its activity
      • Learn to relax if you need to (there are many methods).
      • Deal with problems - as you can - before going to bed.
      • Reserve the bedroom for sleeping.
        • No TV, telephoning, hobbies, studying. (!) Why?
      • Nap before 2pm, for not more than 20 minutes.
      • Avoid sleeping pills and alcohol.
      • Seek professional help if you need to.
      • If you can’t sleep, get up.
  • 31. 5 Sleep Hygiene - Routine
    • Regularity – aim for 8 hours.
      • Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
    • Adopt a pre-sleep routine.
      • Avoid stimulating activities before bed .
      • Go to bed only when sleepy
    • Don’t nap in the evening.
    • Aim to sleep (nearly) all the time you are in bed.
      • Bedrooms need to become associated with the pleasant experience of sleeping, (as opposed to worrying).
  • 32. 4 Scene Setting - Conclusion
    • Sleep is critical to:
      • Health
      • Workplace safety and
      • Productivity.
      • “ Early to bed, early to rise keeps a man healthy wealthy and wise”