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Canadian Tiredness Test

Discussion in 'Sleep' started by Old Bones, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. Old Bones

    Old Bones GOING, going . . .

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    Cort Johnson gets credit for bringing this to my attention on his Health Rising website.

    http://www.painfreesleep.ca/tiredness-test?&cid=semeOyQHbZq

    "Canadian Tiredness Test

    Did you have a bad night’s sleep last night? Are you feeling tired and not at your best? Take The Canadian Tiredness Test to find out just how alert you are!"


    I realize from years of experience that "tiredness" doesn't come close to describing what people with ME experience. Nevertheless, the test was a fun exercise with interesting results. Here are mine -- test done after fully awake, but before much done to deplete my energy:

    "time for some serious snoozing

    Sounds like you got a terrible sleep last night.

    test duration: 1 minute, 39 seconds
    false starts: 0 (reaction time quicker than 100 milliseconds)
    signals missed: 5 (reaction time slower than 500 milliseconds)
    average reaction time: 419 milliseconds (on average, 220 milliseconds would be a 'good' reaction time)"

    Anyone out there interested in taking the challenge?
     
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  2. Hutan

    Hutan Kina solidarity

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    Mine was 278 seconds. This was in the morning after 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep then 1.5 hours of resting in bed. I hadn't actually got out of bed yet. The interpretation of this result was:

    I did this similar test
    http://www.sleepdisordersflorida.com/pvt1.html#responseOut
    every evening for a while and my performance on it was correlated with other symptoms including orthostatic intolerance measures and resting heart rate. My response time was markedly slower in the evening than in the morning.
     
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    Mary Senior Member

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    Thanks for posting @Old Bones - mine was 339 ... and I thought I was doing pretty good!
     
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  4. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    Just to be boringly prosaic, it should be mentioned that if you use a wireless mouse there's usually a time lag with them. Wired mices are quicker, but some of those can be laggy, too. It's fun to do but things like that are only meaningful if you do what Hutan did and set a benchmark then do regular comparisons.
     
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  5. Mary

    Mary Senior Member

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    Thank you! My mouse is wireless -- (my brain too! :sluggish:)
     
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  6. Joh

    Joh Inactivist

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    Forgot my number, but my result was
    :thumbsup: Yep, today since 2002.
     
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  7. Old Bones

    Old Bones GOING, going . . .

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    Yes, although fun to do, I now realize the test is only meaningful if compared with a benchmark.

    I retested myself later in the day using the same wired mouse, after a short trip to get groceries. My average reaction time improved (396 milliseconds vs 419). But, my signals missed (reaction times slower than 500 milliseconds) increased from 5 to 16. It's apparent these especially slow times were not included in the average. So, based on the calculated reaction time, it appears I improved while actually achieving worse results.
     
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  8. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    Never mind that, I just want to beat everybody else.

    Result - 303
    Today you may find things are taking slightly longer than usual and you might not be as engaged. If you haven't fallen asleep at your desk yet, it might be a good idea to hit the hay early tonight and catch up on some well-deserved shut-eye.

    That's after an interrupted night's sleep, a mid-morning 30-minute lie-down, teaching for 6 hours, locking my office door in the break and lying on the floor for 15 minutes, getting home and going straight to bed where I slept for 70 minutes, getting up at 9 in the evening, eating, drinking a glass of wine, it's now 2 am so I've been up for 5 hours. If anyone would like to analyse that lot for me I'd be most grateful.

    I shall now hit the hay for some well-earned shut-eye.
     
  9. Dechi

    Dechi Senior Member

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    My average is 396. I am very tired and barely can keep my eyes open. It's almost 9 pm and time for me to put my pyjamas on amd get ready for bed...
     
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  10. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years Hoarder of biscuits

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    Canadian Tiredness Test:
    286 milliseconds
    Psychomotor Vigilance Test:
    305 msec
    Hmm, OK, will do.
    This is after being in bed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I've been up for 2 hours. Time to go back to bed.:sleep:
     
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  11. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years Hoarder of biscuits

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    Well here's a new word: Presenteeism. Found on the Canadian Tiredness website.
    Wikipedia even has an entry for it, but their focus is on the workplace, not the home environment.
    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=40516
     
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  12. JohnCB

    JohnCB Immoderate

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    1 minute(s) 19 second(s)
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    1 (reaction time quicker than
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    0 (reaction time slower than
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    ~298 milliseconds

    My mouse is wireless but it has very sensitive buttons which may have shaved off the odd mS.. The false start I had not intended to press the button but it responded to my finger twitching.

    My conclusion - I prefer Tetris but the last time I tried that I fried my brain. Flappy Bird is doable, but eventually gets tedious. I would expect to do quite well at this kind of exercise if I was illness free, but I am not. However this is a little bit of fun which most of us can still join in.

    ETA: I did the test again on a touch screen tablet. That was worse. I got a lot of false starts as my finger twitched try to hold it just above the screen. My reaction times showed as slower. I found the experience more demanding and rather unpleasant compared to using the mouse. I abandoned it without completing the full test.
     
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  13. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    Well, you didn't, so nuh nuh!! :p

    Mind you, I had to do it twice to get my Usain Bolt-like 230. Now I'm shattered :)
     
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    daisybell Senior Member

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    332 and no misses... after a reasonable night's sleep....
    So -I'm boringly average here. :thumbdown::sleep:
     
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    Mel9 Senior Member

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    Six hours teaching! Are you overdoing things?
     
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  16. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    Thanks for your concern :). I don't think I'm overdoing things - Monday is my busiest day, I take the evening and Tuesday morning off afterwards to recover. Plus I've planned my course so that the students do most of the work. I have a much lighter workload for the rest of the week (except every other Thursday - don't ask). I have most Fridays off completely, plus I do nothing all weekend. I've been doing those Mondays for 2-3 years now, and can compare how they used to wipe me out to how I feel now, which is much better due to pacing more efficiently over the whole week.
     
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    erin Senior Member

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    ~352 milliseconds
     
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    Mel9 Senior Member

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    Mine was 282 millisec.
    (220 would be a 'good' score. I am quite pleased I am not over 300!).
     
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  19. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    1 (reaction time quicker than
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    ~274 milliseconds
     
  20. Kina

    Kina

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    [​IMG]

    Sounds like you got a terrible sleep last night

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    ~407 milliseconds
     
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