SleepiEST is a research project which aims to reduce road crashes caused by sleepiness through monitoring shift-workers who drive either as part of their work, or when commuting - with the data being used to estimate and predict motorists’ fatigue levels.
The Road Safety Trust has awarded funding to Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and we are working alongside them to carry out the three-year SleepiEST project.
The project will result in a publicly available online fatigue management tool.
Although the research will focus on police officers and other police employees, the findings will be applicable to a wide range of shift workers, and those who drive to and from work outside normal working hours.
The project is being led by Professor John Groeger and Dr Fran Pilkington-Cheney, psychologists and sleep experts from NTU’s School of Social Sciences.
Data collection will occur in three phases. Firstly, the project team will conduct a large, nationwide survey of serving officers and police employees to collect information on sleep, fatigue, shift patterns and driving behaviour. This survey is live until 20 November 2023 (extended to 1st December 2023). *NOW CLOSED*
The team will then collect information from officers across several working weeks, in a two week diary study and online vigilance assessment, before combining this with other data such as on-board driving telematics, to model effects of fatigue and sleep patterns.
This integrated approach will aim to develop a publicly available online tool to enable the ‘sleepiness risk’ to be estimated.