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Research on Fatigue

  • ​A lot of research exists in the areas of sleep deprivation and fatigue. The National Safety Council has compiled some of that eye-opening information here for you to share. You can help us end this deadly problem. Change begins with the individual.

    Tired Drivers at Greater Risk for Crash

    AAA Foundation in December 2016 released a report, Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement. It found drivers have a significantly elevated crash risk if, in a 24-hour period, they have:

    • slept fewer than seven hours
    • shortened their usual amount of sleep by one or more hours

    American Workers are Sleep-deprived 

    Thirty-eight percent of working Americans – more than 54 million people – report being sleep deprived, and night shift workers are most at risk for sleep problems. A majority of night-shift workers, 62%, experience short sleep duration, often the result of insomnia and difficulties falling asleep.

    Dr. Geoffrey Calvert, team leader and senior medical epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, discusses shift work and sleep.

    Adults Should Get at Least Seven Hours of Sleep Every Day

    Additional Resources

How Fatigue Affects
Our Bodies

Fatigue is a debilitating and potentially deadly problem that leads to increased safety risks and long-term health consequences.

The Physiological Affects

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