Report Finds Widespread Sleep Deprivation

In a study that has raised concerns among Los Angeles car accident lawyers and auto safety groups, as many as 30% of American workers reported that they did not get enough sleep. That means a huge population of motorists going to work in a fatigued, sleep-deprived state.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 40.6 million people are not getting sufficient sleep. These people get 6 or fewer hours of sleep in a day. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that people get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day. The CDC report however shows that this is not happening. Far too many workers are in a fatigued state when they drive to work.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that workers in some specific industries or those who work in particular types of jobs are more at risk for drowsy driving. For instance, workers who work the night shift are at a higher risk of driving while fatigued. Also, those who work in the transportation industries, warehouses, and healthcare industries at a much higher risk of sleep deprivation.

Recently, another study by the National Sleep Foundation found that transportation workers are a highly sleep-deprived lot. Train operators, pilots, truck drivers, and bus drivers were all found to be highly sleep deprived, operating on fewer hours of sleep than the recommended number per day. Many of them also admitted in the survey that they had frequently made mistakes while driving as a result of driving while sleepy. Pilots and train operators were found to be at the highest risk of making mistakes while sleepy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that people who hold more than one job, divorcees, widows and people who have recently separated from their partners are much more likely to be sleep deprived.