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Definition of Microsleep

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Updated February 18, 2014

Definition: A fleeting, uncontrollable episode of sleep which may last from a fraction of a second up to 10 seconds. These episodes occur most frequently when a sleepy person is trying to remain awake. It can lead to accidents involving cars or heavy machinery as well as other dangerous situations.
Examples:
When Tate swerved the car at the sound of the rumble strip, he realized that he’d experienced a microsleep and suggested someone else drive.
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