By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Investigators publish new report on Risk Management. According to news reporting from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Experimental sleep restriction increases sleepiness and impairs driving performance. However, it is unclear whether short sleep duration in the general population is associated with drowsy driving." The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Veterans Affairs Medical Center , "The goal of the present study was to evaluate whether individuals in the general population who obtained sleep of 6 h or less are more likely to report drowsy driving, and evaluate the role of perceived sleep sufficiency. Data exploring whether subgroups of short sleepers (those who report the most or least unmet sleep need) show different risk profiles for drowsy driving are limited. From the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (N = 31,522), we obtained the following self-reported data: (1) sleep duration (= 10h/night); (2) number of days/week of perceived insufficient sleep; (3) among drivers, yes/no response to: 'During the past 30 days, have you ever nodded off or fallen asleep, even just for a brief moment, while driving?' (4) demographics, physical/mental health. Using 7 h/night as reference, logistic regression analyses evaluated whether self-reported sleep duration was associated with drowsy driving. Overall, 3.6% reported drowsy driving. Self-identified short-sleepers reported drowsy driving more often, and long sleepers, less often. Among those who perceived sleep as always insufficient, drowsy driving was reported more often when sleep duration was = 10 h. Among those who perceived sleep as always sufficient, drowsy driving was reported more often among <= 5 h and 6 h sleepers." According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Overall, drowsy driving was common, particularly in self-identified short-sleepers as a whole, as well as subgroups based on sleep insufficiency." For more information on this research see: Short and long sleep duration and risk of drowsy driving and the role of subjective sleep insufficiency. Accident Analysis and Prevention , 2013;59():618-622. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd , The Boulevard, Langford Lane , Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England . ( Elsevier - www.elsevier.com ; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336 ) Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Q. Maia, Philadelphia VA Med Center, Pulm Crit Care Sleep Sect, Philadelphia, PA , United States . Additional authors for this research include M.A. Grandner , J. Findley and I. Gurubhagavatula. Keywords for this news article include: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States , Risk Management, North and Central America Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC
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