Biohackn for Airline crew and Shift workers
When we look at a population with probably the most body clock disruption, we think of the aviation industry. The aviation industry globally accounts for 87.7 million jobs. While designing Oli, we wanted to analyze a smaller % of that group, often known as direct workers. It is estimated that 11.3 million people worldwide work indirect jobs such as Airport operators (648,000), airline crew (3.6 million), other airport-based roles such as custom, immigration, and many more. ( 5.5 million). We then looked at a subset of direct workers, such as Pilots and flight attendants. Both groups are exposed to a range of on-the-job health risks, such as low air quality, cosmic ionizing radiation, elevated ozone levels, pesticides from cabin disinfection, high levels of occupational noise, and heavy physical job demands. Flight attendants are usually engaged in more heightened than regular physical activity while having lower oxygen levels.
We looked at the data from Harvard called flight attendant health study ( FAHS) to understand this further. Key things that caught our attention are air quality, dryness, cabin air contamination by toxic substances from engine bleed air, ozone, exposure to galactic cosmic radiation, ionizing radiation, and solar particle events.
Upon investigating further, we found that the same Harvard study FAHS in 2018 reported that flight attendants have higher rates of several types of cancer than the general population. According to the report, flight attendants had more than double the risk of developing melanoma and quadrupled developing non-melanoma skin cancers. They also had a 51 % higher risk of developing breast cancer than the general population.
We also found that the prevalence of heart diseases in female flight attendants was 3.5 times greater than the general population. The other most common issue is fatigue and sleep loss, which causes many mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and alcohol abuse. Compared to the general population, flight attendants have coexisting symptoms of fatigue and depression.
After carefully analyzing the data, we found many things in which Biohackn as a company could not introduce a health intervention, such as air quality. However, we were happy to see that we can limit the circadian disruption that happens on the Job and post-duty hours by introducing Biohackn glasses. By beginning to restore some of the body clock functions, we can boost the body production of Melatonin, which in our previous findings can help with breast cancer, for example. Also, by filtering and blocking blue light on the Job and Off the Job, we send the right signals to the brain to secrete the right hormones at specific times, helping deal with anxiety and depression. Moreover, by filtering artificial light, we will reduce the stress on thousands of mitochondria, making more energy support the Job.