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Health & Fit Fewer Than 7 Hours Sleep Could Raise Car Crash Risk

18:06  18 september  2018
18:06  18 september  2018 Source:   medicaldaily.com

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Chances of being involved in and responsible for car crashes was higher among people who sleep for less than seven hours in the 24-hour period before driving a vehicle. In the new findings, the risk was shown to be highest for drivers who sleep for less than four hours.

Less than four hours of sleep had a 11.5 times the crash risk . Four or more hours less than usual had 10.2 times the crash rate. While the overwhelming majority of drivers surveyed say they believed driving while drowsy is completely unacceptable behavior, nearly one in three admitted to doing so at

Crash© Crash Crash Chances of being involved in and responsible for car crashes was higher among people who sleep for less than seven hours in the 24-hour period before driving a vehicle. In the new findings, the risk was shown to be highest for drivers who sleep for less than four hours.

The paper titled "Acute sleep deprivation and culpable motor vehicle crash involvement" was published in the journal Sleep on Sept. 18.

While there was a way of measuring intoxication when someone has driven under the influence, it was harder to determine whether a person has had adequate sleep the night prior to driving. An individual, despite sleeping only for a couple of hours or less, may still seem normal and appear to be in a state of wakefulness.

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The less sleep , the higher the crash risk . Drivers who get less than four hours of sleep in a day are reported to be 11 and a half times more likely to get into an Symptoms of drowsy driving can include having trouble keeping eyes open, drifting from lanes or not remembering the last few miles driven.

Missing two hours or more of sleep nearly doubles your crash risk , AAA says. The National Sleep Foundation has said that drivers who have slept for less than two hours in a 24- hour period Having trouble keeping your eyes open. Drifting from your lane. Not remembering the last few miles driven.

But being awake is not the same as being alert and falling asleep at the wheel is not the only risk, according to study author Brian Tefft of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in Washington, D.C.

"Even if they manage to stay awake, sleep-deprived drivers are still at increased risk of making mistakes — like failing to notice something important, or misjudging a gap in traffic — which can have tragic consequences," he stated.

In 2014, drowsy driving was found to be responsible for more than 800 deaths, according to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

While the risk of drowsy driving was known, this was believed to be the first study to quantify the relationship between the amount of sleep a driver has gotten and their risk of being responsible for a crash.

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Getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep a day can nearly double the risk of a car crash , according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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The data sourced from investigations by the United States Department of Transportation involved close to 7,000 drivers. Self-reported hours of sleep before the occurrence of a crash were examined in the case of drivers who were responsible for the accident as well as those who were not.

Compared to drivers who seven to nine hours of sleep, those who had less than four hours of sleep were 15.1 times more likely to be responsible for car crashes. The Department of Transportation believed this crash risk is similar to that of a driver who has a blood alcohol concentration 1.5 times the legal limit.

"Driving after having slept less than 7 hr in a 24 hr period is associated with elevated risk of culpable crash involvement," Tefft concluded in the paper. "Risk is greatest for drivers who have slept less than 4 hr and is manifested disproportionately in single-vehicle crashes."

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Less than four hours of sleep : 11.5 times the crash risk . Sleep deprivation similar to being drunk. One in three adults sleep less than seven hours a day. While 97 per cent of drivers told the AAA Foundation they viewed You can 't remember details about the last few kilometres you have travelled.

A recent study found drivers who slept less than seven hours , and those who slept one or more hours less than usual have a higher risk of crashing . Sleep deprivation can slow a driver's reaction time, decrease the accuracy of their responses, and significantly affect their ability to focus on the road.

Developing good sleep habits was the most effective way to reduce the risk of such crashes. While experts recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep for healthy adults, studies have shown more than a third of American adults get less than 7 hours of sleep.

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