Category: management

Fatigue : Is it something that you can just “get used to?”

Fatigue.  It’s a way of life for so many of us.  From first responders to students to the transportation industry, it’s a badge of honor to pull the all-nighter or push through an extended period with no rest.

The military is another community for which fatigue is no stranger.  U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSWF) pushes their troops to the limit during initial training (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal Training (BUD/S)) under very controlled circumstances, including stressors such as hypothermia and sleep deprivation.

But, at what cost?

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Movie or book tonight? If you choose book, here’s some options…..

You get off watch, finish work on deck or climb out of the engine room.  Next, you get a bite to eat and then?  Very frequently, it’s time to plug in a movie and vegetate until it’s time to hit the rack or  – quite possibly – you fall asleep in front of the flickering screen.

If you’re a little more awake and want to read a book, we’ve compiled a list (most of which will NOT put you to sleep like Bowditch) that you might find interesting.  Take a look at them – created with input from merchant marine and U.S. Marine Corps leaders and linked to Amazon for quick download.  Get entertained and challenge your mind!

Click HERE for our reading suggestions.