Gap Sleep-102: We need to identify and develop an integrated, individualized suite of scheduling tools that predict the effects of sleep-wake cycles and light on performance, with validated countermeasures and on-board systems to monitor, prevent and/or treat chronic partial sleep loss, work overload, and/or circadian shifting in spaceflight.
Last Published:  07/30/21 01:05:31 PM (Central)
Responsible Element: Human Factors and Behavioral Performance (HFBP)
Status: Open
Description

Countermeasures to mitigate sleep loss, circadian misalignment, and resulting performance effects include lighting recommendations, medications, and caffeine. The timing of these countermeasures however is fundamental to their success. Biomathematical models of performance using sleep-wake data to provide estimates of performance capability, are currently being used by the military and commercial aviation industry. These models potentially could serve as a means for more autonomous crews to self-assess relative to their performance capability, and plan for appropriate implementation of certain countermeasures, such as caffeine and lighting, relative to upcoming operational requirements. Additional efforts are needed to refine model predictions and enhance (as more data comes onboard) with countermeasure implementation. These tools could aid both flight and ground crews in managing fatigue and establishing revised schedules in real time to help mitigate risk.

Target for Closure
  1. Validated tools for performance capability prediction and countermeasure implementation;
  2. Standards and guidelines for implementing fatigue-related countermeasures in exploration.
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Risk Risk of Performance Decrements and Adverse Health Outcomes Resulting from Sleep Loss, Circadian Desynchronization, and Work Overload
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