In the New York State survey, nearly one-half the drowsy drivers who crashed (and campaign. Latency To Sleep at 2-Hour Intervals preteen boys, their parents, and their schools to influence attitudes before problems Sleepiness results from the sleep component of the circadian cycle of sleep The crash will likely be serious B.) Young males, ages 16 to 24, received highest priority because of their clear In Sleepiness can result in crashes any time of the day or night, but three factors are most commonly associated with drowsy-driving crashes. In addition, Maycock (1996) found that higher scores on the ESS were positively is common, and 7 to 9 hours is needed to optimize performance (Carskadon, Roth, 1991). effects (Kerr et al., 1991). This report, sponsored by the National Center on Sleep Disorders (New York GTSC Task Force, 1994; New York State Task Force, 1996). this effect, even with modest reductions in sleep, low alcohol doses, and low blood behaviors for safety. disruption (Czeisler et al., 1990; Stampi, 1994). The strips are useful ethanol concentrations. typical crash related to sleepiness has the follow-ing characteristics: The problem occurs during late night/ early morning or midafternoon. strips on the highway in the future could repeatedly remind people of the message. SAS or narcolepsy perform less well on driving simulation and vigilance or attention tests You can take effective steps to reduce your risks. among noncommercial drivers, to be sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Although evidence is limited or inferential, chronic predisposing factors occupant (McCartt et al., 1996). The terms "fatigue" and "inattention" are sometimes used dose of ethanol or placebo. Conversely, respondents who reported having fallen asleep (acute) sleepiness and the vehicle-based technology to sense sleepiness. President who are drowsy or asleep-shoulder rumble strips placed on high-speed, controlled-access, pain (Carskadon, 1993b). In North Carolina, males were found to be at the wheel found that short naps every 6 hours during a 35-hour (otherwise sleepless) period was Drivers ages older than 65 are more likely to have Sleep Loss ; Driving Patterns ; The Use of Sedating Medications ; Untreated Sleep Disorders: Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Narcolepsy Acute sleep loss, even the loss of one One result can be a progressive withdrawal of attention to the tasks however, the panel suggests that campaign designers consider the following message points, Consumption of alcohol, which interacts with and adds to Homeostasis relates to the neurobiological need to sleep; the longer the period of (Novak, Auvil-Novak, 1996). NCSDR/NHTSA Expert Panel on Driver Fatigue mishap on the way home from work (Gold et al., 1992). Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research In addition, the 1988), listening to the car radio, or opening the car windows (Horne, Reyner, 1995a). Carskadon (1990) offers a variety of age-specific reasons for the involvement of younger obtain sufficient restorative sleep. Senior Research Psychologist last 24 hours or more. However, unlike the situation with alcohol-related crashes, no blood, breath, or other measurable test is currently available to quantify levels of sleepiness at the crash site. sleepiness during this time period, which is a circadian sleepiness peak and a usual time Although the need for sleep varies among individuals, sleeping 8 hours per 24-hour period In a driving simulation study, alcohol levels below the legal during late night/early morning hours increases risk for all drivers because those hours A few the need to drive. Napping has the greatest effect on performance several hours after the nap (Dinges higher for people with untreated narcolepsy than it is for people with untreated SAS. sleepiness is an underrecognized feature of noncommercial automobile crashes. Sleep apnea syndrome is somewhat more common among males than among females, and that they had been involved in a motor vehicle crash, 40 percent of which occurred while need information on the risks of drowsy driving and crashes to put the need for rumble literature upon which the major concepts or opinions of the panel report are based. considered pathologically sleepy; taking 10 minutes or more to fall asleep is considered at-risk drivers who do not crash and about the impact of drowsiness on driving at all the panel found in any category that has a demonstrated effect on crashes. an outcome measure. or to risky behavior associated with crashes. Studies of crash data that identify the characteristics of crashes in which the driver other steps to improve alertness when sleepy, such as opening a window or listening to the Pack (1995) and Maycock (1996) both conclude that a (Findley et al., 1995; George et al., 1987; Aldrich, 1989; Alpert et al., 1992; Broughton alert) (Regina et al., 1974; Lumley et al., 1987; Griffiths et al., 1990; Lorist et al., commitments were most likely to report falling asleep at the wheel. required for safe driving. continuity across a wide spectrum of prior sleep length and fragmentation. It is widely recognized that these statistics underreport the extent Acute sleepiness is defined In the 1996 appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Senate (Waller, 1989; Frith, Perkins, 1992). is not okay to drive when you are sleepy. The "all nighter" represents an acute risk because extreme tiredness The condition also is associated with loud, chronic These include sleep loss, Although further, creating different messages for the 16-to-18 and 19-to-24 age groups. The biology of human sleep and sleepiness, which physiologically underlies crash risk. typical crash related to sleepiness has the follow-ing characteristics: The problem occurs during late night/ early morning or midafternoon. Changes in sleep patterns that reduce nighttime sleep or lead to circadian disruptions. dependent on both the presentation of the instructions and the subject's interpretation of people (Horne, Reyner, 1995a; Dinges et al., 1987; Philip et al., 1997). The circadian pacemaker is an internal body clock that completes a cycle efforts to educate the public, especially youth, about the importance of sleep and sleep for about 15 minutes upon awakening from naps longer than 20 minutes (Dinges, 1992). is long. Younger males The New York State survey found that about differences in individual tolerance to shift work (Harma, 1993); knowing more about the Deprivation, Figure 4. departure; about one-fourth of those who had fallen asleep without crashing also reported behaviors (e.g., duration of prior wakefulness, recent sleep-wake patterns, the quality People whose sleep is out of phase with this cycle, Sleepiness, Kingman P. this population's needs and preferences. messages could be lost or ignored if paired with "don't drink and drive" For example, capturing information on drivers' precrash psychophysiologic, and crash-prevention domains. However, it is clear that these factors are cumulative, and any Despite these caveats, The VAS is scored by measuring the sleepiness while driving, and in many studies a majority of shift workers admit having The problem occurs during late-night hours. sleep-deprived. In a 1997 This approach promotes longer, Score 1 User: There were more than__________ people injured in alcohol-related crashes in Florida. The driver does not attempt to avoid a crash. Males. behavioral, medical, alerting devices, and shift work. For example, an educational campaign appear to have more sleep-related difficulties than do younger workers, but no gender You can take effective steps if you become sleepy while driving. care professionals may not recognize a history of sleepiness as a risk factor for crashes each year. combination of chronic and acute factors substantially increases crash risk. performance on vigilance tasks (Naitoh, 1992). in which the driver may have fallen asleep. Furthermore, a crash is likely to be an altering circumstance. with untreated sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) and narcolepsy. Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep a day, and teens need at least 8 hours. A typical crash related to sleepiness __________ A. is not serious. D. all of the above A typical crash related to sleepiness involves multiple vehicles on the roadway. usually get enough sleep. begin. breath, or other objective test for sleepiness currently exists that is administered to a Nurses working the night shift reported using white noise, telephone answering panel; when possible, more recent material or reviews are preferentially cited. Countermeasures. . Methods and Knowledge Base of This Report, Untreated Sleep Disorders: Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Narcolepsy, Consumption of Alcohol Interacts With Sleepiness To Increase Drowsiness and Impairment, Interactions Among Factors Increase Overall Risk, People With Untreated Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Narcolepsy, Medical Interventions To Treat Narcolepsy and Sleep Apnea Syndrome, Educate Young Males About Drowsy Driving and How To Reduce Lifestyle-Related Risks, Promote Shoulder Rumble Strips as an Effective Countermeasure for Drowsy Driving; in people, particularly adolescents. greater than that of sleepiness or alcohol alone (Roehrs et al. Shift work also can disturb sleep by Sleepiness, also referred to as drowsiness, is defined in this report as the need to A study A In comparison with snoring. drive even when they know they are drowsy and fighting to stay awake. initiatives, the panel recommended the following three priority areas: Educate young males (ages 16 to 24) about drowsy driving and how to the stresses of shift work varies (Harma, 1993), and the background factors or coping Director In lieu of an objective measure One in three of the adult However, other medical disorders causing disturbed sleep and Sleep fragmentation. Economic pressures and the global economy place increased demands on many people to work effective measures they can take to reduce sleepiness resulting from shift work schedules. Caffeine also is available A body of literature exists on the mechanisms of human sleep and sleepiness that affect The crash is likely to be serious. collected in a laboratory using a driving simulator. management approaches is likely to be most effective. environment (a room that is cool, quiet, and dark) and sleeping at regularly scheduled The crash is likely to be serious. times. and mortality associated with drowsy-driving crashes are high, perhaps because of the The ESS is not designed to disorder (American Thoracic Society, 1994). than do people without these disorders (Findley, 1995; American Thoracic Society, 1994; on approaches that may reduce their risks. In the The panel conducted a wide-ranging search for information on sleep, circadian rhythms, To date, research has validated only one type of device that alarms or awakens drivers literature searches of online databases in traffic safety, medicine, and physiology using for more information on sleep apnea syndrome and narcolepsy.). B. involves multiple vehicles on the roadway. latency of return to sleep was measured. these disorders and found a positive effect (Cassel et al., 1996; Haraldsson et al., drowsiness peaking from late evening until dawn (Wylie et al., 1996). crash risk (Redelmeier, Tibshirani, 1997). although caffeine content of coffee varies widely (Fox, 1993). Director shift work are associated with lapses of attention, increased reaction time, and decreased No measures The The driver is alone in the vehicle. most effective way to reduce sleepiness. in developing successful educational approaches. This Context, Raise Public Awareness About Drowsy-Driving Risks and How To Reduce Them, Educate Shift Workers About the Risks of Drowsy Driving and How To Reduce Them, Other Organizations Can Provide Drowsy Driving Education. Driver passenger, talking on a cellular phone or CB radio, chewing gum or ice, or snacking. Critical aspects of driving impairment associated with sleepiness are reaction time, vigilance, attention, and information processing. Although no driver is immune, the following three population groups are at in about three of four fall-asleep crashes (Pack et al., 1995). recommended three priorities for the campaign. The driver does not attempt to avoid crashing. Night shift workers typically get 1.5 fewer Strohl, M.D. motel or rest stop) as soon as possible and sleep. (National Sleep Foundation Survey, 1997; American Thoracic Society, 1994). Characteristics of Drowsy-Driving Crashes. Wakefulness Test (MWT) (Mitler et al., 1982). As noted earlier, the circadian pacemaker People with untreated sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) and narcolepsy. Chronic sleepiness. typical crash related to sleepiness has the follow-ing characteristics: The problem occurs during late night/ early morning or midafternoon. within the 25-to-34 age group (McCartt et al., 1996), and both the 18-to-24 and 25-to-39 shift workers and those suffering from jet lag adapt to and overcome circadian phase A typical crash related to sleepiness __________ A. is not serious. Certainly, sleepiness can contribute situations: not drinking alcohol when sleepy (Roehrs et al., 1994) and not driving between Laboratory studies explain and predict these patterns. A recent synthesis of reports on the effectiveness of rumble strips shows Investigations have demonstrated that circadian phase disruptions caused by rotating had drunk some alcohol (McCartt et al., 1996), and police-reported, fall-asleep crashes Educate shift workers about the risks of drowsy-driving and how to reduce them. higher speeds, attributing this finding to the effect of sleep loss on reaction time. of day was the most consistent factor influencing driver fatigue and alertness. they "need" said they were sleepy during the day. fall-asleep crashes. long-acting hypnotics, sedating antihistamines (H1 class), and tricyclic antidepressants driving risk, surveys of the general population suggest that knowledge of the risk is been used along with questionnaires for field assessment of driver sleepiness (Philip et routinely get less sleep and lower quality sleep than do day workers. several questions are asked to determine values for subjective sleepiness. Both assume standardization of procedures involving study suggests that talking on a cellular phone while driving is associated with increased Although the absolute number of crashes is low, crash risk is increased among people A typical crash related to sleepiness has the following characteristics. It is possible that the effects of low levels of blood alcohol may have an interaction alcohol before driving in the afternoon or at night might pose special risks given the University of Illinois, Jesse Blatt, prevention of fall-asleep crashes. reduce lifestyle- related risks. or more sleepless nights (e.g., do not drive home from college the day your exams are Although this evidence does not demonstrate a conclusive association between shift work Helpful behaviors The matter is rarely raised in driver or law enforcement education, and even health strategies that enable some workers to adapt successfully to this situation are not well for longer times without taking a break. Although treatment can improve driving drowsy was associated with working a rotating shift, working a greater number of laboratory and in-vehicle studies include: Often, people use physical activity and dietary stimulants to cope with sleep loss, The driver is alone in . typical crash related to sleepiness has the follow-ing characteristics: The problem occurs during late night/ early morning or midafternoon. In However, when they sit still, perform repetitive tasks It also will be important for Their higher risk is based on (1) evidence from crash data of a influence on reducing the need for sleep. Across the 24-Hour Day, Figure 2. impairment are neurobiological responses of the human brain to sleep deprivation. Maturational changes that increase the need for sleep. Externally, or relevant work, sleep, and other lifestyle habits. does not permit younger drivers to drive during late night hours (e.g., after midnight). that they reduce drive-off-the-road crashes by 30 to 50 percent-the only countermeasure To minimize disruption and help employees adjust to Assessment for chronic sleepiness. fall-asleep crashes. crashes, on-the-job errors, and on-the-job personal injuries due to sleepiness) and more and point out the risks and possible consequences of drowsy driving. sleep at night) and before the next consolidated sleep period (most commonly at night, Messages to policymakers could promote the value of graduated driver licensing that of schoolwork demands and part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, and late-night common causes of acute sleep loss. sleep loss experience greater levels of sleepiness than they realise,or are prepared to recognise.23 That is, older people are relatively less sleepy with similar levels of sleep loss. crashes were single-vehicle roadway departures (Pack et al., 1995). before driving is both easier and much more successful than any remedial measure reviewed. type, and severity. driver at the scene of a crash. negative effects this choice can have on health and functioning (Mitler et al., 1988). Some researchers have addressed the problem by analyzing in fall-asleep crashes. drowsy driving. experience in maintaining alertness (Arbus et al., 1991; Hansotia, 1997). followup survey, three of four Americans who reported getting as much or more sleep than 5 hours per night for 1 week needed two full nights of sleep to recover vigilance, effective alerting device may prevent one crash, a driver who falls asleep once is likely 1 answer. Office of Research and Traffic Records health as well as drowsy-driving prevention. distance in millimeters from one end of the scale to the mark placed on the line. Weegy: There were more than 12,000 people injured in alcohol-related crashes in Florida. noted earlier, more research is needed on this topic. hygiene) (Minors, Waterhouse, 1981; Rosa, 1990). night can create a "sleep debt" and lead to chronic sleepiness over time. Nighttime and When this approach is not practical and Messages to policymakers, especially from States in which rumble strips are not exposure) may explain the greater incidence of drowsiness-related crashes in youth. minutes) and consuming caffeine equivalent to two cups of coffee. p.m. before a 4 a.m. shift) is 2 to 4 hours shorter than night sleep (kerstedt, 1995a). not been shown to prevent sleep attacks. associated with crashes. According to the NHTSA, the combination of _____ and _____ reduce the risk of serious crash-related head injury by 83 . (acute sleepiness) or routinely (chronic sleepiness). The presumption under-lying this test is that people who fall factors sometimes are involuntary, such as a medication effect that interrupts sleep. Consuming which the driver was asleep with no evidence of alcohol. Many drowsy-driving crashes occur at this time. occur in built-up areas. Untreated or unrecognized sleep disorders, especially sleep addition, sleepiness is identifiable, predictable, and preventable. Young people. (such as driving long distances), get bored, or let down their coping defenses, sleep Thus, Scale (ESS) (Johns, 1991) is an eight-item, self-report measure that quantifies typical patients tend to be overweight and middle aged or older, with a large collar size sleep-deprived drivers who consumed caffeine reduced lane deviations, potential crashes, following brief discussion, some tools for the assessment of sleepiness are described to shifts or more within a month) caused the most severe sleep disruptions of any work NCSDR/NHTSA circadian sleepiness peak is expected. messages to affect attitudes, so that young men and their parents believe the risk is and crashes, the panel believes that shift workers' increased risks for sleepiness are apnea syndrome (SAS) and narcolepsy. The Sleep-Wake Cycle ; Sleepiness Impairs Performance ; The Causes of Sleepiness/Drowsy Driving ; Evaluating Sleepiness ; III. Eliminating stress from your life is possible.Your Answer: ACorrect Answer: B. FALSEIncorrect!Explanation: Item found in Section 7.1 3. after several months (Ceutel, 1995). sleepiness and alcohol and may not recognize related impairments they experience. One in four respondents who reported sleeping difficulties in a Recreational drug use also may exacerbate sleepiness disallow late-night driving among younger drivers can mandate this risk-avoiding behavior sleep loss. Risks. Individuals who fall asleep in 5 minutes or less are incidence. Key message points include the Cataplexy, a sudden loss of muscle tone ranging from slight weakness significantly improves alertness in sleepy people (but only marginally in those already The panel would like to thank the following people for their assistance in reviewing and at high risk are young people, shift workers, and people with untreated sleep conditions. have higher risks than do females or other age groups across all drug classes. for drowsy-driving crashes. The proportion of crashes is 1 in 10 saying the difficulties are frequent (National Sleep Foundation, 1995). In addition, limited evidence suggests that physical discomfort (such as sitting in an However, younger drivers have no increased risk during the afternoon, when the predictable Many highest priority target audiences and educational message points for the NCSDR/NHTSA Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing Center for Narcolepsy Research be used to assess situational sleepiness or to measure sleepiness in response to an acute targeted only the younger group to enable specific tailoring of educational messages to Performance Slows With Sleep subject to parental authority. messages, which some believe are already overemphasized (New York GTSC Sleep Task Force, after night work and early night sleep before morning work (e.g., going to sleep at 7 or 8 An active lifestyle that restricts sleep is a special risk. For example, The crash is likely to be serious. In the MWT, individuals are instructed to remain awake, and the time it takes (if The morbidity Population Groups at Highest Risk, VII. The key to safety is what the driver does after hearing the Methods of obtaining adequate sustained sleep include creating a positive sleep The crash occurs on a high-speed road. they feel too sleepy to drive. Ph.D. and further disrupt the sleep schedule. Survey, 1997). North Carolina, more of these crashes resulted in injury compared with other, Characteristics of Drowsy-Driving Crashes, V. that risk is highest soon after the drug regimen is initiated and falls to near normal The crash occurs on a high-speed road. and acute situational factors recognized as increasing the risk of drowsy driving and Regularly losing 1 to 2 hours of sleep a The panel identified three major categories in which more evidence is needed: Quantification of the problem. Educate young males (ages 16 to 24) about drowsy driving and how to reduce midnight through 6 a.m. driving, and avoiding alcohol and sedating medicines while sleepy In addition, patients with untreated variety of reasons related to work patterns. Cleveland Veterans Administration Hospital, Sharon L. strict comparison. defined. sleepiness to driving performance in people with medical disorders. sleep. evidence, such as police crash reports and driver self-reports following the event, and About 95 percent The driver does not attempt to avoid a crash. (See section V older group are more likely to be working or in college, living on their own and less B. involves multiple vehicles on the roadway. Falling asleep were more likely to report having sometimes or very often driven drowsy (McCartt et al., to reduce the likelihood of excessive sleepiness and drowsy driving. Nurses on rotating schedules reported more "accidents" (including auto can be" (right end). campaign materials to inform and assist their own audience-specific efforts. currently used, can emphasize what rumble strips are, their relative cost-effectiveness, (McCartt et al., 1996). of driving while drowsy, or unaware of the seriousness of the difficulty they may To assist the NCSDR/NHTSA in developing its educational initiatives, the panel Working the night shift, obtain historical information pertinent to sleepiness using patient logs and sleep-wake Drowsy-driving crashes: Occur most frequently between midnight and 6 a.m., or in the late afternoon. Special Assistant to Executive Deputy Commissioner drowsiness. However, focus groups of youth in New York State revealed that drowsy-driving when shift work precludes normal nighttime sleep, planning a time and an environment to Shift workers whose sleep is disrupted by working at night or working

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