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Measuring drowsiness in clinical trials

Using Optalert’s Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS), various studies and trials have accurately measured a user’s state of alertness and drowsiness. In the study below, first published in 2008, we understand the effect of caffeine on already-alert people using the precision and sensitivity of Optalert’s patented JDS technology. By identifying a direct link to human alertness, we gain a quantifiable measure of wakefulness, literally putting a number on how drowsy or alert you are (not just how alert or tired you may feel). Publication: Michael, N., Johns, M., Owen, C, Patterson, [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:41:05+10:00August 24th, 2017|Pharmaceutical|

Diagnosing the dangers of drowsiness

Companies working in 24-hour industries face a number of challenges related to the health and welfare of their staff. The risk of a fatigue-related incident is most commonly attributed to a driver’s levels of drowsiness, but there are other factors, too. Shift workers particularly are prone to sleep disorders and other lifestyle and medical challenges that may harm their ability to always perform at their peak. The most common question we hear from industry is “how do we know if we have a problem and how large that problem may [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:10:44+10:00August 3rd, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

30 percent of night drivers may be drowsy

  MEDIA RELEASE   The CEO of Australian technology company Optalert has revealed recent data pointed to a shocking 30 percent of professional drivers at risk of falling asleep each time they get behind the wheel.   Optalert CEO Scott Coles has implored Australian goods and passenger transport companies to wake up to the risk or face yet another needless road accident caused by drowsy driving. “A transport company approached us earlier in the year because they had drivers operating at all times of the day and they were particularly [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:11:50+10:00July 27th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

The impact of exercise on sleep

There is no doubt sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and wellbeing. When you aren’t getting enough good quality sleep it can impact your short- and long-term health. As we discuss regularly, there are many ways to improve the quality of sleep and in this blog we’re looking at the impact of exercise. The benefits of exercise It’s clear that exercise offers many benefits, from health and mood to sleep and stress. Lifts mood No matter how much you dread walking into the gym, there’s no denying [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:44:10+10:00June 26th, 2017|Pharmaceutical|

When to take sleeping tablets

Given what we know about the negative impact on your health if you aren’t sleeping well, sleeping tablets may help. However, there can be a real stigma attached to the notion of sleeping tablets. A possible reason for this stigma is that when we read about sleeping pills, it is often attached to a negative story of misuse. Nevertheless, if used correctly there could be significant benefits to the individual’s health and well-being. What do sleeping tablets do? Sleeping tablets are designed to induce drowsiness. They are usually short-acting and [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:46:50+10:00June 15th, 2017|Pharmaceutical|

Drowsiness vs fatigue: how do they differ?

The words “drowsiness” and “fatigue” are usually used interchangeably, but they differ significantly. While fatigue can refer to a feeling of tiredness or exhaustion due to illness or physical activity, drowsiness refers specifically to the state right before sleep. For ease of understanding, we sometimes use these words interchangeably to describe sleepiness or difficulty staying awake during crucial moments. However, there is a difference between the two terms and they shouldn’t be confused. We take a closer look at the distinction… What is fatigue? Fatigue is generally normal when it [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:13:58+10:00June 5th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

NTC submission: Clarifying control of autonomous vehicles

Introduction Optalert has responded to the NTC's recent discussion paper "Clarifying control of automated vehicles" with the following submission...Our understanding of the discussion paper “Clarifying control of automated vehicles” is to resolve issues of control relating to automated vehicles. Determining who is in control, what it means to have ‘proper control’ and how it will apply to automated vehicles, and the interaction between enforcement agencies and automated vehicles. In clarifying these issues there will be greater certainty with road rules, traffic laws and accident and insurance liability and risks. We [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:43:39+10:00May 31st, 2017|Automotive|

Rail accidents triggered by fatigue

Due to its 24-hour nature, fatigue is a major risk in the rail industry. The risk is recognised and as a result, many rail companies around the world are obligated to create and implement a fatigue management program to protect staff, passengers and the communities in which they travel. Whether it’s a passenger train carrying patrons between stops along a line or a commercial rail transporting freight across the country, the role of fatigue has unfortunately made its mark on the following rail accidents. Spuyten Duyvil derailment   1st December [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:15:31+10:00May 3rd, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|

What is the quantified self?

Have you heard the term “the quantified self”? It’s a phrase used to describe the movement of incorporating technology to acquire data on a variety of factors that make up a person’s daily life including diet, mood and performance. We’ve become almost obsessed with tracking and analysing a variety of factors in our lives and allocating a name to this obsession has made it far more legitimate. The quantified self can also be referred to as lifelogging, self-tracking, or body hacking. The key to the quantified self is not only [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:45:19+10:00April 21st, 2017|Automotive|

An open letter to your CEO: why you need drowsiness detection technology

Dear CEO I’m writing to highlight the real dangers of drowsiness potentially placing our company and my colleagues at risk. By the very nature of our 24-hour business, we are exposed to pressures caused by working at times against our bodies’ natural circadian rhythm. Our bodies want us to be sleeping, but we are scheduled to work. This biological need combined with commuting times to and from site, places our shift workers at risk of a drowsy-driving incident, even if we begin our shifts well rested. Because of these inherent [...]

By |2018-09-27T21:17:06+10:00April 6th, 2017|Goods & Passenger Transport|
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