Research on Drowsy Driving
Did You Know?
- Over the last decade, more than 7,000 people have been killed in drowsy-driving-related crashes.
- Alcohol, in addition to its other detrimental effects on driving, can magnify the effects of drowsiness and cause you to fall asleep at the wheel more easily.
- Use of prescription or over-the-counter medications can also heighten the effects of drowsiness.
- Who is most at risk? While no one is immune, the following groups are at highest risk, based on evidence from crash reports and self-reports of sleep behavior and driving performance:
- Young male drivers (17-23 years old)
- People with sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, or narcolepsy
- For more information on sleep disorders, see the U.S. National Library of Medicine Medline Plus website at www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sleepdisorders.html
- Shift workers who work at night or who work long or irregular hours
- People who sleep less than 6 hours per night