The body clock drives huge changes in the human body.
It alters alertness, mood, physical strength and even the risk of a heart attack in a daily rhythm.
Modern society means many people are now "living against" their body clocks with damaging consequences for health and wellbeing.
Dr Akhilesh Reddy, from the University of Cambridge, said the body clock influences every biological process in the human body and the health consequences of living against the clock were "pretty clear cut”.
Science believes that improving sleep can reduce the decline and shrinking of the brain.
There are those who believe that after a number of sleep depriving hours on a series they can rest and recover from whatever damage that experience visited on their body. “Don’t worry dear, I’m going to rest all week.” She may answer; “Good, I will introduce you to Freddy, tomorrow is his 13th birthday.”
World science and medical authorities speak of how “a corporatized world is supremely arrogant ignoring the importance of sleep.” New research shows a good nights rest is not a luxury – it’s critical for your brain and your health.
Not that we need more information to say the way we’re obliged to work is a senseless, deadly, long lasting human disaster.
The reason I write this about brain scans, is that it causes permanent, measurable harm not cured by time off or a charitable Producer ride to a nearby hotel. Brain scans of those subjected to our kind of sleep deprivation has shown a more rapid “decrease in the frontal temporal and parietal part of the brain.”
Next week there is a Western Regional Council Meeting where we had hoped to read the new contract. For some reason it won’t be there. However, Bruce last week mentioned proudly that the Producers will deal with fatigued workers if they wanted nearby hotels.
What I have presented above and the full meaning of the first line of the IA Long Hours Resolution - “There exists indisputable evidence from scientific, medical and empirical studies linking sleep deprivation and fatigue to critical safety and health hazards.” – goes beyond describing sleep deprivation as personal fatigue.
The last line of the unanimous Resolution says that our health and safety should be beyond compromise.