Why not find out just how to stay awake and to combat fatigue. or to combat fatigue. AWAKE (a fatigue management consultancy) have created a simple formula to allow people to calculate the times of day when they are likely to feel sleepy and when they are likely to be most alert.
The formula is
CDA + CT + KF = TMT
- Where CDA stands for 'circadian dip in alertness' - a natural daily drop in your alertness and which will vary from person to person.
- Where CT stands for 'chronotype' - the timing of a person's natural biological rhythms (sometimes referred to as biorhythms).
- Where KF stands for 'knacker factors' - this refers to to habits that are likely to induce sleepiness (for example no rest or drinking alcohol)
- The result is TMT, or '(the) time (when an individual is likely to be) most tired'.
This research followed a simple survey that found over 40% of people feel tired at work at various times. In the survey, 50%+ also admitted to making mistakes while tired and an even more shocking 62% said fatigue affected their social life.
In fact both Male and female correspondents reported that they experienced fatigue in different ways. Men saying that they made mistakes when tired; 62% of women saying they were irritable.