Navigation Links
Sleepy Driving Prevalent Among Collegians
Date:6/9/2008

17% said they had dropped off at wheel, with 2.2% reporting accidents as result

MONDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- Driving while suffering from a lack of sleep may be a real problem for American college students, a new report suggests.

Interviews with 263 students at the University of North Texas found that 17 percent of them fell asleep while driving, and 2.2 percent of that group reported having accidents because of this drowsiness. A majority in both groups reported greater daytime sleepiness or having significantly less sleep than those who didn't fall asleep with driving.

"The results of the study identify a surprisingly high prevalence of having fallen asleep while driving among college students, and specifically highlight the increased risk of driving among those with significant sleepiness," study author Diana Dolan, of Sleep Medicine Associates of Texas, said in a prepared statement.

The report was slated to be presented Monday at SLEEP 2008, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in Baltimore.

Drowsy driving caused approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes annually, resulting in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Drowsy driving is usually caused by sleep restriction, in which a person voluntarily deprives himself or herself of the recommended seven or eight hours of sleep each night, or sleep fragmentation, in which either an internal cause (sickness or untreated sleep disorder) or external cause (noise, children, a restless bed partner) prevents the person from getting adequate sleep.

More information

The National Sleep Foundation has more about how to get a good night's sleep.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, June 9, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Patients with head and neck cancer may have impairment of some driving skills
2. Junk Food, TV Driving Kids to Obesity
3. Obesity Driving Rising U.S. Health Costs
4. Morphine Painkillers Wont Impair Driving
5. General Mills #43, M&Ms #38 Driving Passionately Pink for the Cure at Lowes Motor Speedway NASCAR Race
6. Two-pronged intervention boosts senior driving skills
7. Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter Addresses Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking in New Radio Campaign
8. Virginia Attorney General Addresses Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking in New Radio Campaign
9. Blinded by the Light? Vision Problems and Visual Discomfort Make Driving in the Dark Difficult, Uncomfortable for Most Americans
10. Babies Driving Robots at University
11. Report Shows Millions May Be Driving with Uncorrected Visual Impairments
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... W.S. Badger Co. Inc ., the maker of certified organic and ... Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. ... the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... and clinical outcomes, hosted members and suppliers for its inaugural Member Conference at ... on their mission of elevating the operational health of America’s healthcare providers. , ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... Illinois (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... with women’s basketball as a partner for the Tamika Catchings Legacy Tour ... As the industry leader in hardwood basketball surfaces in all forms and levels of ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... Beach, Florida (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... Green House® Project offering a new model of care for living and healing, ... three core values: Meaningful Life in a Real Home provided by Empowered Staff. , ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond ... Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the world will gather to recognize these cancer ... Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016 Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ: ... provided an update on its ongoing OVATION study, ... GEN-1, the Company,s DNA-based immunotherapy, with the standard ... with advanced ovarian cancer who will undergo neoadjuvant ... an IL-12 DNA plasmid vector formulated as a ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 ... ™ , la première endoprothèse à ... destinés à l,intervention portant sur les membres ... OrbusNeich, entreprise mondiale spécialisée dans ... changer la vie, a élargi son portefeuille ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 ... "Patient Handling Equipment Market by Product (Wheelchair, Scooters, ... Care (Bariatric Care, Critical Care, Wound), Accessories (Lifting, ... Forecast to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the patient ... 17.18 Billion by 2021 at a CAGR of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: