New study focuses on hazards from truck drivers with sleep apnea or who get less than 5 hours sleep
The latest published study on truck driver fatigue hazards, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, was published in todays’ issue (8/15/06) of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Allan Pack who headed the study said the tired truck drivers had impaired performance similar to that of drivers who are legally drunk.
Penn researchers examined 406 truck drivers and found that those who routinely slept less than five hours a night were likely to fare poorly on tests designed to measure sleepiness, attention and reaction time and steering ability. Drivers with severe sleep apnea, a medical condition that causes a poor quality of sleep, also were sleepy and had performance impairment.
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