Episode 70 – Kirsty McCulloch | Sleep, Fatigue & Human Factors

In this episode I chat with Kirsty McCulloch all about sleep, fatigue and human factors. She literally wakes companies up, and helps employees get enough sleep and arrive at work full of energy to start the day.

Kirsty is a world expert in fatigue risk management. She has worked as an academic, written regulation in several industries, danced through industrial work hour negotiations. She has history with all modes of transportation, oil and gas, mining, military, energy, construction, IT and public service sectors. Kirsty excels at applying scientific methods to develop practical solutions to improve safety, productivity & overall employee wellness.

We discuss sleep and the impact of not getting enough of it – both personally and from a company standpoint.
Sleep has a huge impact on company revenue, on safety and on overall health.
Human factors is another area we delve into – understanding that we all make mistakes and we’re all programmed to be lazy, to conserve energy and do things in the easiest way possible.

Key highlights from this episode include:

  • Managing fatigue is about engaging your workforce about what it means to be ‘fit for work’
  • It’s not just about telling people to sleep, it’s about relearning how to sleep
  • How do we create a system that makes it easy to succeed?
  • When you’ve been awake for 18 hours, your performance is comparable to having a BAC of 0.05, whereas being awake for 24 hours is comparable to a 0.1 BAC.
  • We aren’t taught about the importance of sleep in our overall health picture – we learn about movement and food pyramids but miss that key piece of our wellbeing

And we’ll finish up by including some top sleep tips:

  • Sleep in a dark, quiet room
  • Remove all technology – turn off your phone at least half an hour before going to bed, don’t fall asleep in front of the tv
  • Avoid caffeine within 4 hours of bed
  • Avoid alcohol and sleeping tablets
  • Train your brain to fall asleep by using ambient music. 

If you’d like to connect further with Kirsty you can find her on LinkedIn, and also make sure to check out her app, Awaken Fatigue.

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