Mark has teamed up with research teams from University of Cambridge and University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the University of Uppsala in Sweden where they will be monitoring him during the attempt to learn more about extreme sleep deprivation. The research will help to better understand the impact of sleep deprivation on human physiology and psychology.
Professor Tristan Bekinschtein and his team from the Neuroscience Unit at Cambridge University are interested to learn how sleep deprivation effects Mark physically and psychologically. They will be tracking his ability to deliver a coherent lecture by mapping changes in his demeanour, his speech and his appearance.
Throughout the entire attempt they will be collecting information by setting cognitive tests for Mark, capturing his physical appearance and capturing brainwave data using a mobile EEG machine. This data will also be streamed live to these pages.
Dr Manuel Spitschan and his team at the Department of Experimental Psychology from University of Oxford in the UK are exploring the internal time cues under sustained wakefulness. They will be measuring concentrations of endogenous hormones such as melatonin which are produced in the body, along with subjective sleepiness and rest-activity.
The team will be using saliva samples collected regularly and core body temperature using ingestible RF enabled thermometers.
Throughout the whole attempt, Mark will be wearing a Dreem3 Headband for the monitoring of EEG and bio-signals. A reliable alternative to a polysomnogram to measure and diagnose sleep patterns in a lightweight and easy-to-use device.