Scientists develop blood test which can tell police if you’re too tired to drive

Written by September 24, 2018 16:15

New Delhi: Scientists have developed a check to tell cops if motorists are getting too little sleep. Scientists at the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey enrolled 36 healthy adults to study how sleep deprivation could be detected in their blood.

During this study from the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey, 36 participants skipped one night of sleep. During the 40-hour period of sleep deprivation, blood samples were taken and changes in the expression levels of thousands of genes were measured.

A computer program identified 68 genes that could show whether a sample came from a sleep-deprived or well-rested person with 92 per cent accuracy, according to the study published in the journal Sleep.

Being sleep deprived can lead to many problems. Drowsy driving can be dangerous for both the drivers and the other people on road; it can cause accidents and crashes.