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Less sleep associated with increased risk of crashes for young drivers

Date:
May 20, 2013
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American Medical Association (AMA)
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A new study suggests less sleep per night is associated with a significant increase in the risk for motor vehicle crashes for young drivers.

A study by Alexandra L. C. Martiniuk, M.Sc, Ph.D., of The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia, and colleagues suggests less sleep per night is associated with a significant increase in the risk for motor vehicle crashes for young drivers. (Online First)

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Questionnaire responses were analyzed from 19,327 newly licensed drivers from 17 to 24 years old who held a first-stage provisional license between June 2003 and December 2004. Researchers also analyzed licensing and police-reported crash data, with an average of 2 years of follow up.

On average, individuals who reported sleeping 6 or fewer hours per night had an increased risk for crash compared with those who reported sleeping more than 6 hours. Less weekend sleep was significantly associated with an increased risk for run-off-road crashes. Crashes for individuals who had less sleep per night (on average and on weekends) were significantly more likely to occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

"This provides rationale for governments and health care providers to address sleep-related crashes among young drivers," the study concludes.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Alexandra L. C. Martiniuk. Sleep-Deprived Young Drivers and the Risk for CrashThe DRIVE Prospective Cohort StudySleep-Deprived Young Drivers and Crash Risk. JAMA Pediatrics, 2013; 1 DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.1429

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