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How can insomnia lead to car and workplace accidents?

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Most people know the dangers of drinking and driving, but think nothing of getting behind the wheel after a sleepless night. But the daytime effect of little or no sleep can hinder your driving skills to the point where you're impaired as if you've had too much to drink.

People with insomnia are more likely than well-rested people to have a car crash due to fatigue. Lack of sleep is also the cause of over 7% of all serious accidents in the workplace.

From: Daytime Fatigue: The Cost of Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

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Donna Arand, PhD, clinical director, Kettering Sleep Disorder Center, Dayton, Ohio; spokeswoman, American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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Vitiello, M.  “Recent Advances in Treating Insomnia in Older Adults,” Grand Rounds, May 1, 2009.

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Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Van Dongen, H. , March 15, 2003. Sleep

Neu, D. , March 2010. Acta Neurologica Belgica

Matteson-Rusby, S. 2010; vol 12. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Teodorescu, M. , May 1, 2010. Sleep

Szentkialyi, A. , February 2009. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

Shekleton, J. , February 2010. Sleep Medicine Reviews

Donna Arand, PhD, clinical director, Kettering Sleep Disorder Center, Dayton, Ohio; spokeswoman, American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington, Seattle.

Vitiello, M.  “Recent Advances in Treating Insomnia in Older Adults,” Grand Rounds, May 1, 2009.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “In Brief: Your Guide to Healthy Sleep.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Fatigue and Excessive Sleepiness,” “Can’t Sleep? What to Know About Insomnia,” “How Much Sleep Do Adults Need?”

MedlinePlus: “Fatigue.”

Shahly, V. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2012.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2017

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