Clara Burns, a 26-year-old graduate pupil of Biomedical Engineering, crossed the Atlantic in a rowing boat within the spring as a part of a workforce from TU Vienna. Assist for the examine was offered by Prof. Eugenijus Kaniusas, head of the Biomedical Sensing and Remedy analysis group at TU Vienna.Numerous well being measures have been recorded all through the 42 day journey together with heart-rate variability and the main points are reported right here. The workforce members alternated 3 hours sleeping and three hours rowing. One fascinating discovering was that this schedule over time led to degraded sleep high quality. Her physique compensated by growing exercise of the parasympathetic nervous system to guard the center.
Additionally fascinating have been some suggestions discovered for what may be achieved higher in future ultra-endurance efforts like this:
- As a substitute of instantly beginning the three hour on, 3 hour off rhythm, it may be higher to extra steadily transition over from a standard day-night rhythm.
- Dr Kaniusas recommends a reward in the midst of the journey to maintain spirits up: “Perhaps some particular, pleasing exercise that permits you to have fun that you simply’re midway by way of the hassle and luxury your self over the conclusion that there’s nonetheless a protracted technique to go.”