The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On Driving Performance Essay

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The Effect of Sleep Deprivation on Driving Performance Sleep deprivation is caused by having insufficient sleep and results in reduced alertness, decreased performance and deterioration of health (Abrams, 2015). The effects of sleep deprivation on driving performance has been researched by many psychologists to observe the potential effects sleep deprivation could have on driving performance (Jung et al., 2010). This essay will argue that the effects of sleep deprivation decrease driving performance. This will be shown through evidence from two experimental studies. The first study shows how sleep deprivation leads to driving performance as poor as that of a driver with an above legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) (Williamson & Feyer, 2000). The second study shows how peripheral signals deteriorate after being sleep deprived therefore also leading to reduced driving performance (Rogé, Pébayle, El Hannachi & Muzet, 2003). The first study aimed to compare the effects that sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption have on the human body when driving. The study tested the performance of subjects in seven different standardised tests. These tests measured the subject’s speed and accuracy in tasks that are used whilst driving. This included a reaction time test, dual task test and spatial memory search test. A cross over randomised control design was implemented in this study so that all participants undertook both sleep deprivation testing and alcohol consumption…

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