On November 6, a particular pilot study was undertaken on a sailing boat aimed at evaluating the effects of ocean crossings on stress levels, sleep, hormonal axes and intestinal microbiota in ordinary people.
Science has long demonstrated how psychophysiological processes resulting from prolonged exposure to natural environments have a beneficial effect on health, often mediated by changes in HRV parameters, hormonal levels, and microbiota. We have questioned what could happen to the body and mind in such a unique and little-studied condition as oceanic crossings: on one hand, nature in 360 degrees and rhythms of life consistent with physiology, but on the other hand, confined spaces, rationed water and food, and few opportunities for “recreation” (at least as generally understood)…
From these and other questions, the Sea For Life pilot research project was born in collaboration with, and under the direction of, Paolo Casoni, Medical Surgeon, specialist in General, Vascular, and Oncological Surgery, former university professor of Surgery, currently a freelance professional, owner, and skipper of Ariel, a wonderful sailing boat.
The study will take place along the entire crossing and will monitor the persistence of effects even after the return. Firstbeat Technologies Bodyguard 3 devices will be used to collect data related to Heart Rate Variability, sleep, movement, and metabolism, along with saliva tests and microbiota analysis from our scientific partner and sponsor NEXT Genomics.
The remote research and support team is composed of Pino (Giuseppe) Di Ionna, HRV specialist, Dr. Giovanni Zanette, Medical Doctor, and lifestyle expert, and Dr. Matteo Cerboneschi, Biologist and expert in biological data modeling.
We extend our best wishes for “fair winds and calm seas” to the Ariel crew.
Self Coherence S.r.l.