21 April 2014

Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

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By Michael Melia
Copyright: The Associated Press

GROTON, CONN. — With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the Navy for decades has staggered sailors’ working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean’s surface.

Research by a Navy laboratory in Groton is now leading to changes for the undersea fleet. Military scientists concluded submarine sailors, who traditionally begin a new workday every 18 hours, show less fatigue on a 24-hour schedule, and the Navy has endorsed the findings for any skippers who want to make the switch.

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