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Many drivers asleep at the wheel

January 4, 2013
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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Jacob Teitelbaum MD
February 13, 2013

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)

February 11, 2013

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Avrils Driving School
January 19, 2013

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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