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Reg Hackshaw, EDD

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night shift work | Sleep Disorders

Hypersomnolence at Sea, Part I

By: Reg Hackshaw, EDD
November 21st, 2018

Drowsy watchkeepers on vessels navigating open waters can be a major hazard during military and commercial shipping operations. The sinking of the H.M.S. Bonetta, a 19th century British warship, was a dramatic example of human error related to hypersomnolence at sea (HSS). The consequences resulting from a sailor who fell asleep during his shift on the ship’s bridge are preserved in a historical account. This article surveys the significance of HSS based on the  findings of an extensive research study and subsequently highlights events surrounding the loss of the Bonetta. Reviews of subjective scales used to identify HSS, and a computer application that estimates likelihood of drowsiness during the night shift, conclude this two-part series.

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Insufficient Sleep and the Dancing Plague of 1518: Part II

By: Reg Hackshaw, EDD
April 19th, 2018

Manic behavior is associated with psychomotor activity coupled with insufficient sleep relative to the amount typically required for functional alertness. In severe cases, episodes of sleeplessness may occur with no subjective complaint of tiredness. Choreomanic episodes, also known as “dance frenzies” or irresistible dance attacks, are considered by many medical historians as presentations of mania.

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