Researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School are conducting a foundational sleep study aboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60).
Using smart-watches, biometric testing, daily logs, and light emitting goggles, Dr. Shattuck and her team are seeking to understand the sleep cycles of Sailors. The study aims to find optimal manning levels, watch rotations, and sleep schedules to maximize the effectiveness of Sailors at sea and to understand the impact of ships’ schedules on stress and fatigue levels for Sailors.
“This is one of the very first studies to use telomeres to examine the impact of fatigue and sleep patterns on the aging of cells,” said Dr. Heather Clifton, an NPS research associate. “We are doing so by utilizing some of the newest biometric technology. Most research of this kind only has civilian participants, so this study is truly foundational.”
USS Russell (DDG 59) is also participating in the study. Between the two ships, more than 50 percent of the crewmembers participated. The study has been ongoing since September, and it is the first study of its kind to look at Sailors’ sleep patterns during this phase of a ship’s lifecycle.
“I have never been involved in a study before, and it is really a unique experience to participate in something so high tech and important,” said Machinist Mate 3rd Class Damian Flood, a participant in the study,
Stationed in San Diego, Paul Hamilton is the 10th Arleigh Burke class AEGIS guided missile destroyer. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. AEGIS destroyers operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking including ballistic missile defense, anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine, and cyber warfare.
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