Journal article

Sleepiness, sleep-disordered breathing, and accident risk factors in commercial vehicle drivers

ME Howard, AV Desai, RR Grunstein, C Hukins, JG Armstrong, D Joffe, P Swann, DA Campbell, RJ Pierce

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE | AMER THORACIC SOC | Published : 2004

Abstract

Sleep-disordered breathing and excessive sleepiness may be more common in commercial vehicle drivers than in the general population. The relative importance of factors causing excessive sleepiness and accidents in this population remains unclear. We measured the prevalence of excessive sleepiness and sleep-disordered breathing and assessed accident risk factors in 2,342 respondents to a questionnaire distributed to a random sample of 3,268 Australian commercial vehicle drivers and another 161 drivers among 244 invited to undergo polysomnography. More than half (59.6%) of drivers had sleep-disordered breathing and 15.8% had obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Twenty-four percent of drivers had ..

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