Our Solutions – PeakAlert

Frequently Asked Questions

General Info

What does PeakAlert do exactly?

PeakAlert makes accurate and reliable predictions of your alertness and performance by combining (1) cutting-edge technology licensed from the US Department of Defense, (2) your own sleep and napping data, and (3) your own caffeine intake data. You can even improve the personal predictions from PeakAlert by training the App algorithm while you are well rested, feeling sleepy/fatigued or after caffeine.

How long is the free trial period?

For 30 whole days! After that you can subscribe and keep using all of the App functions for a low-cost monthly or annual fee.

Who should use PeakAlert?

All adults and teenagers can benefit from using PeakAlert, to improve aspects of their life such as driving safety, work performance, school grades, sports results and overall health & wellbeing. People working, studying and gaming late at night or for long periods of time probably benefit the most from using PeakAlert, especially after training the algorithm to provide more personal predictions.

Does the app require a network or internet connection?

Yes, the algorithm needs to be able to process new data against your previous data (sleep, caffeine and training) to ensure it provides you with the most accurate Prediction and Optimization information.

Predict Screen

What does the Predict Tab do?

It shows your instant alertness predictions based on the underlying algorithm, your training data, as well as your sleep and caffeine intake information. There is a seven-day period of prediction so you can scroll forward into the week ahead. Learn from your own patterns and predictions about the best sleep and caffeine patterns for you.

How do I add or change my usual sleep and caffeine information for the week?

Go to the Settings tab and click on Defaults. In the first screen you can set your daily sleep default and in the second screen you can set any daily caffeine default.

How do I add or change my daily caffeine information?

To add a new caffeine drink, tap the cup at the top left of the Predict screen. To edit an existing drink, tap the cup on the timeline bar closer to the bottom of the screen. Choices to edit will pop up or you can slide the cup to change the time. If you change anything about your normal default settings you can also tap Reset Data in the centre of the Predict Screen to restore your defaults.

How do I add or change my daily sleep information?

To add a sleep period, tap the pillow at the top right of the Predict screen. To edit an existing sleep, tap on the specific sleep period on the timeline bar closer to the bottom of the screen and use the slider to adjust the sleep timing. You will need to move or delete any caffeine drinks that are inside the new sleep period first. If you change anything about your normal default settings you can also tap Reset Data in the centre of the Predict Screen to restore your defaults.

What does the ``ms`` in the graph scoring system mean?

The “ms” means milliseconds. This is the reaction time measurement scale used in the Training tests and is also how your alertness and performance predictions are presented back to you. Any scores around 200ms or less reflect a very alert state, 250ms is alert, and if your predicted reaction time speed is 300ms or longer then you are less alert and getting more impaired.

Why are the caffeine amounts on the cup icons shown in ``mg`` not ``ml`` or ``fluid oz`` or some other measure of volume?

The “mg” means milligrams, which is a standard measurement unit for caffeine.

What does Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc. mean?

Most people like to think of Day 1 as today, which means Day 2 is tomorrow, Day 3 the next day and so on. This is the easiest and best way to use PeakAlert if you have saved the actual sleep you had last night or your default sleep is the same or similar as you get every night. In short, the easiest way to use the app is to think of Day 1 as “today” and each following day just adds one more day from today.

Will PeakAlert tell me when to have caffeine? Or when I need a nap?

No. PeakAlert can be used to predict the alertness benefits of naps and longer sleeps on alertness, and the performance benefits of caffeine too. However, even though the algorithm in PeakAlert is cutting-edge technology, it is up to you to learn about your sleep and caffeine use and work with the app to find what works best for you personally.

Optimize Screen

What does the Optimize function do?

You can set a specific period of time and a certain level of predicted alertness you want to achieve for that time, and PeakAlert will then help you work out your optimal caffeine intake.

What target alertness level should I set?

For the majority of people a predicted performance level (measured in milliseconds) between 200 and 250ms is very alert to alert. At night, or for long periods of time day after day, it is often difficult for many of us to sustain a lower alertness level of around 300ms. We encourage you to use the Training tab and do your best on the reaction time tests under different conditions (well rested, after caffeine, etc.) and train the app to understand what is normal and realistic in terms of alertness and performance.

What does Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc. mean?

Most people like to think of Day 1 as today, which means Day 2 is tomorrow, Day 3 the next day and so on. This is the easiest and best way to use PeakAlert if you have saved the actual sleep you had last night or your default sleep is the same or similar as you get every night. In short, the easiest way to use the app is to think of Day 1 as “today” and each following day just adds one more day from today.

Training Screen

What does the Training Tab do?

You can set a specific period of time and a certain level of predicted alertness you want to achieve for that time, and PeakAlert will then help you work out your optimal caffeine intake.

Will the training work if I always have more than 6 hrs sleep?

Yes. If you always sleep more than 6 hours then it is not important to train PeakAlert how you will personally perform with less than that much sleep. Also, the underlying algorithm within PeakAlert is already trained with many other peoples’ data so if you ever get less than 6 hours of sleep it still has your predictions covered.

Will the training work if I never have 24hrs without caffeine?

Yes, just skip the caffeine training without caffeine. Also, the underlying algorithm within PeakAlert is already trained with many other peoples’ data so if you ever are unfortunately enough to run out of coffee then it still has your predictions covered.

What is a good reaction time? Does it matter?

For the majority of people a predicted performance level (measured in milliseconds) between 200 and 250ms is very alert to alert. At night, or for long periods of time day after day, it is often difficult for many of us to sustain a lower alertness level of around 300ms. We encourage you to use the Training tab and do your best on the reaction time tests under different conditions (well rested, after caffeine, etc.) and train the app to understand what is normal and realistic in terms of alertness and performance.

Other Apps

What apps does PeakAlert sync with?

PeakAlert has been developed to automatically use data that you give it permission to use from the iOS/Apple HealthKit or Android Google Fit and to enable you to push data from PeakAlert to other apps/platforms. It currently informs the data in the Training functions, but stay tuned for ongoing progress.

How do I sync my sleep data with PeakAlert?

The sleep sync feature hasn’t quite been finalised just yet: please stay tuned for progress.

Business Edition

Is there a Corporate version of PeakAlert?

Yes! We have PeakAlertBE (Business Edition) for all corporate clients who want their workforce to use PeakAlert.

For more information, please click on the Enquire Now button on the PeakAlert page or send us an email via fatigueapps@integratedsafety.com.au. You can also download a copy of the PeakAlert information flyer here.

What is PeakAlertBE and how much does it cost?

PeakAlertBE is the corporate and government license edition of PeakAlert, where low-cost subscriptions can be arranged for entire workforces. With a PeakAlertBE subscription, your workforce will have complete access to all of PeakAlert’s features. We can assist with sending out user invitations to the app to save you time.

For corporate/government subscription costs and any custom version requests including data flow needs for analytics and reporting, clicking on the Enquire Now button below or contact us via fatigueapps@integratedsafety.com.au.

Where can I get further information?

You can enquire simply by clicking the Enquiry button below or contact us via fatigueapps@integratedsafety.com.au.

You can also download a copy of the PeakAlert information flyer here.

Shift Workers

Is PeakAlert good for shift workers or other people who have sleep patterns that change a lot? What about students or gamers who are often up all night?

All adults and teenagers can benefit from using PeakAlert, to improve aspects of their life such as driving safety, work performance, school grades, sports results and overall health & wellbeing.
People working, studying and gaming late at night or for long periods of time probably benefit the most from using PeakAlert, especially after training the algorithm to provide more personal predictions.

How do I cater for different shifts?

Change your schedule in the Predict Tab & the Optimize Tab will help you prepare for upcoming shifts. Make sure you update your sleep, naps & caffeine each day to improve the accuracy of alertness predictions.

Where can I get further information or support?

For more information or to get support on PeakAlert, please click on the Enquire Now button below or send us an email via fatigueapps@integratedsafety.com.au.

 

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