A new study on the impact on the driver’s lack of sleep, using a blood test, is designed to provide the police with a tool to determine the degree of fatigue of the driver. It is still at the initial stage, but the first results are encouraging. This is stated in the publication in the medical journal “Sleep”, devoted to the problems of sleep.
The study is conducted by scientists at the Sleep Research Center at the University of Surrey on 36 volunteers, all of whom are healthy adults. Some of them were asked not to sleep until 40 hours, and then took blood samples. Each sample was analyzed for changes in thousands of genes. A computer program used by scientists has identified 68 genes that can suffer from changes in the case of sleep deprivation. They helped scientists say whether there was a sample of the blood of a sleepy person or sleep deprived, with an accuracy of 92 percent.
It is believed that the lack of a good night’s sleep is one of the main causes of accidents both in the UK and around the world, with new studies showing that the absence of even 2 hours of sleep at night can double the risk of an accident. The work of scientists promises to help the police identify tired drivers, as well as drunk.
“It’s difficult to estimate how many people slept on their own,” says Dr. Emma Laing, about the results. “It does not allow the police to find out if the driver can drive the vehicle safely, and employers can see if the employee can do their job.”
But, as already said, this is only the beginning of the road, and the research itself can not give the desired result. However, according to scientists, this is “a promising first step in the right direction.”