Longer Work Days Leave Americans Nodding Off On the Job

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Monday, March 3, 2008

The 2008 Sleep in America poll was conducted for the National Sleep Foundation by WB&A Market Research. Telephone interviews were conducted between September 25 and November 19, 2007, with a targeted random sample of 1,000 Americans. A random sample of telephone numbers was purchased from SDR Consulting, Inc. and quotas were established by region. The response rate for this study was 17% (number of completed interviews divided by the number of completed interviews plus the number of contacted households who refused participation or did not complete appointments, factored by the overall incidence of 71%). The data was weighted to reflect equal proportions of respondents by age based on the U.S. Census. The maximum sampling error of the data for the total sample of 1,000 interviews is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The sampling error will vary depending on the sample size and the percentages being examined in the sample.

2008 Sleep in America Poll Task Force

Co-chair: Thomas J. Balkin, PhD, Chief, Department of Behavioral Biology, Walter Reed Institute of Research;

Co-chair: Gregory Belenky, MD, Research Professor and Director, Sleep Performance Research Center, Washington State University;

Christopher L. Drake, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders and Research Center;

Roger R. Rosa, PhD, Senior Scientist, Office of the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/CDC

Mark R. Rosekind, PhD, President and Chief Scientist Alertness Solutions

NSF Background

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving greater understanding of sleep and sleep disorders. NSF furthers its mission through sleep-related education, research and advocacy initiatives. NSF’s membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine as well as other professionals in the health/medical/science fields, patients, people affected by drowsy driving, individuals, and more than 800 sleep clinics throughout North America that join the Foundation’s Community Sleep Awareness Partners Network.

NSF’s financial support comes from a variety of diverse sources, including memberships, sales of educational materials, advertising, investment income, individual donations, subscriptions, and educational grants from foundations, federal agencies, and corporations including pharmaceutical and

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