Effects of noise, temperature, humidity, motion and light on the sleep patterns of the Crew of HSV-2 SWIFT
Miller, Nita Lewis
Whitaker, Lyn R.
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This study examined the effects of noise, temperature, humidity, motion and light on the sleep patterns of the crew of the HSV-2 SWIFT during Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX) 05-1. HSV-2 SWIFT was chosen for this study to examine crew sleep on an unconventional hull type manned with a small crew. Noise dosimeters, temperature and humidity monitors, actiwatches and questionnaires were used to quantify the data. With the exception of light, the independent variables did not have significant effect upon participant sleep. This is likely due to the limited range of the independent variables and the small number of participants in this study. There were two findings in this study; the relationship between the demographic variable sea time and participant sleep and the relationship between the independent variable light and participant sleep. Due to the limitations in the current study, it is recommended that further studies be conducted in more extreme operational environments. Additionally, studies such as the one discussed in this thesis, should be completed on different platforms to determine the differences in environmental factors that affect sleep between hull types so that the results can be applied to future vessel design.
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