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We develop a method to quantify sleepiness. Sleepiness is a major risk factor in traffic and occupational accidents, but lack of convenient tests precludes monitoring impending sleepiness. Posturographic balance testing could address this need because sleepiness increases postural sway. It is, however, unclear how sleepiness influences balance control. Our(More)
Although reduced sleep often underlies traffic and occupational accidents, convenient sleepiness testing is lacking. We show that posturographic balance testing addresses this issue, because balance testing predicts hours of wakefulness, which could facilitate sleepiness testing. Here, we equate balance scores from separate trials, blinded to the(More)
A previous posturographic force platform study verified that human balance deteriorates as a function of time awake (TA). It found that TA can be estimated with +/-2.5 h accuracy using 30 s trial length. For a fast, reliable and convenient sleepiness monitor even better TA estimation accuracy and shorter trial length is needed. We continued this quest by(More)
A field-usable sleepiness tester could reduce sleepiness related accidents. 15 subjects' postural steadiness was measured with a Nintendo(®) Wii Fit balance board every hour for 24 h. Body sway was quantified with complexity index, CI, and the correlation between CI and alertness predicted by a three-process model of sleepiness was calculated. The CI group(More)
Postural steadiness may be quantified using posturographic sway measures. These measures are commonly used to differentiate between a person's baseline balance and balance related to some physiological condition. However, the difference in sway scores between the two conditions may be difficult to detect due to large inter-subject variation. We compared(More)
Sedative drugs decrease postural steadiness and increase the risk of injury from falls and accidents. The recovery rate is individual, making it hard to predict the patient's steadiness and hence safe discharge time. 103 outpatients sedated with midazolam and fentanyl were measured posturographically, before (PRE) and after (POST) endoscopy. The ability of(More)
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