sleep deprivation

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Noun1.sleep deprivation - a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep
torturing, torture - the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession"
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DMSs can analyse driver behaviour or detect patterns tending towards micro-sleep to issue appropriate warnings and help revive the driver's focus.
I had a micro-sleep behind the wheel of the car, mounted a verge and ended up running into a tree," she told The Lamp.
Fatigue, resulting from sleep deprivation, disrupted circadian rhythm, and/or associated conditions, drives breakdowns in CRM, shortens attention spans, increases susceptibility to spatial disorientation, and causes deadly micro-sleep events in crews on final approach and landing.
If a driver has a micro-sleep for just four seconds while travelling at 100km/h the car will move 111 metres with no control.