CBC’s ‘The National’ reports on Fatigue Science’s work with transport and elite sports clients




On October 14th, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) aired a special report on their nightly news cast ‘The National’. The report The Danger of Drowsy featured Fatigue Science and some of our customers.

CBC News’ reporter David Common took an in-depth look at human fatigue in the trucking industry, highlighting Fatigue Science’s work with BC-based Arrow Transportation Systems and their drivers.

Also covered in the report was our experience with professional sports teams, such as the Seattle Seahawks, in the area of sleep and high performance management for elite athletes.

Our thanks to the CBC and our valued customers who took part in this effort.

Fatigue Science mention on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada

During the first intermission of Monday’s playoff hockey game between the Pittsburg Penguins and New York Rangers, the subject of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada turned to playoff fatigue. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was questioned on the subject of fatigue following Sunday’s game loss to Pittsburg to which he called attention to his goalie: “He was on top of his game, he wasn’t tired.” Vigneault stated, “If he’s not tired, nobody else should be.”

Addressing the topic, CBC Sports host Ron MacLean calls attention to Fatigue Science and our work with a couple of pro sport teams.

CBC Radio: Founder Pat Byrne discusses fatigue and sleep

Our founder, Pat Byrne, was invited to speak with CBC Radio’s Rick Cluff in an Early Edition podcast on Wednesday morning to educate listeners on fatigue, how summer nights can affect sleep, and how much sleep you really need.

For many people, being exposed to more light during longer summer days can make it harder to sleep at night.

“We’re diurnal animals, so biologically we’re programmed to be awake when it’s light, and asleep when it’s dark.  So the more light we’re exposed to, the harder it is to get to sleep, and stay asleep,” says Pat.

When asked how he slept the night before, Pat replied,  “Actually, pretty well. I measure my sleep every day with our Readiband technology and I know exactly what my sleep is and my fatigue levels.”

Pat also spoke with Rick about the effects of the 24-hour society we live in. Many organizations and companies have turned to shift work to operate around the clock, “forcing people to be awake when they should be sleeping.”

Unfortunately, this drive for greater productivity has consequences.  On average, we are getting less sleep, and according to Pat, “people who get low sleep hours actually get used to that.  They don’t perform any better, but they get used to it.”

How much sleep do we actually need? “That depends on how well you want to perform,” says Pat. ”If you’re a professional athlete, you will need up to 10 hours to be at peak readiness; a truck driver, on the other hand, may only need 8 hours of sleep.”