Sleep related concerns

Sleep Related Concerns…How we can help!

Some Sleep/Industry Research

  • The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that truck drivers who fall asleep at the wheel are a factor in 750 to 1,500 road deaths every year.
  • 44 percent of truck drivers indicated that they rarely or never get decent sleep on nights they work. The average of 4.78 hours of sleep for a truck driver was ‘much shorter than most standards’. Sleep research shows the chances of falling asleep during normal waking hours increase if a person sleeps less than six hours and has "successive days" of too little sleep.
  • In a NTSB study, commercial drivers involved in a fatigue crash had on average 5.5 hours of sleep and for those crashes where fatigue was not a factor, the sleep average was 8 hours.
  • It has also been noted that a significant share of recognition errors (perception, distraction, inattention) and decision errors (risk perception, risk taking, aggressive driving, and judgement problems) could in fact be caused by fatigue.

 

So what does all this mean...to a driver and reducing accidents?

  • It is widely understood that sleep is the most efficient way to address fatigue. Naps and recovery periods are therefore central to a comprehensive approach to manage fatigue.
  • It is clear that commercial drivers should always plan to have sufficient core sleep periods...this is probably the more important principle of fatigue management.

 

Why else should a driver be concerned with the quantity and quality of their sleep?

  • A good night’s sleep brings more benefits than just the satisfaction of having slept well. It improves the memory, makes it easier to think clearly and make decisions, and reduces the risk of infections, diabetes, heart disease, exhaustion and other conditions.
  • Another advantage of sleeping well is that the number of stress hormones in the body falls while you sleep. This means that the risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related illnesses falls.