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 staff 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.Varied well being measures had been recorded all through the 42 day journey together with heart-rate variability and the main points are reported right here. The staff 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 had been some suggestions discovered for what could be completed higher in future ultra-endurance efforts like this:
- As an alternative of instantly beginning the three hour on, 3 hour off rhythm, it could be higher to extra step by step transition over from a traditional day-night rhythm.
- Dr Kaniusas recommends a reward in the course of the journey to maintain spirits up: “Perhaps some particular, pleasant exercise that allows you to have fun that you simply’re midway by the trouble and luxury your self over the belief that there’s nonetheless a protracted strategy to go.”