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Many drivers asleep at the wheel
- By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health
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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health
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With the average night’s sleep in the US dropping from 9 hours a night 130 years ago (when light bulbs were invented) to 6 3/4 hrs /night now, we are seeing a host of related health problems. In those who fall asleep easily during the day, especially at the wheel, it is critical to look for sleep apnea (especially if snoring , hypertension, and a shirt collar size of 17+ are present)
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It doesn’t say how many people were spoken to, but 4% of Americans sounds high. Probably a scarier point is the estimate that a third of fatal accidents could be caused by sleepy drivers.
I think part of this could be down to the type of world we live in. People work longer hours and sleep less. However that’s not something that can be solved easily…
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