Journal article

Slow eyelid closure as a measure of driver drowsiness and its relationship to performance

Melinda L Jackson, Susan Raj, Rodney J Croft, Amie C Hayley, Luke A Downey, Gerard A Kennedy, Mark E Howard

Traffic Injury Prevention | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Slow eyelid closure is recognized as an indicator of sleepiness in sleep-deprived individuals, although automated ocular devices are not well validated. This study aimed to determine whether changes in eyelid closure are evident following acute sleep deprivation as assessed by an automated device and how ocular parameters relate to performance after sleep deprivation. METHODS: Twelve healthy professional drivers (45.58 ± 10.93 years) completed 2 randomized sessions: After a normal night of sleep and after 24 h of total sleep deprivation. Slow eye closure (PERCLOS) was measured while drivers performed a simulated driving task. RESULTS: Following sleep deprivation, drivers displayed..

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