FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC, October 28, 2019 — The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) declares November 3-10 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®.
The NSF campaign goal is to reduce the number of drivers who elect to drive while sleep deprived. Drowsy driving is responsible for more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually. These fall asleep crashes are often caused by voluntarily not getting the sleep you need. Millions of Americans also experience excessive sleepiness as a result of sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy. NSF encourages everyone to prioritize sleep and drive when alert and refreshed.
More than 1 in 4 Americans do not get enough sleep on most nights, adversely affecting their health, performance, and safety. Insufficient sleep impairs a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Impairment from sleep loss is comparable to that of alcohol intoxication with 24 hours of continuous wakefulness resulting in impairments in neurobehavioral performance similar to that induced by a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 g/dL. Like alcohol, sleep deprivation impairs judgment and decision making, and drivers overestimate their ability to perform. Ironically, instead of slowing response times to preserve accuracy, sleep-deprived individuals often increase speed at the expense of making more mistakes (ie, become “fast and sloppy”) and take greater risks.
The NSF Drowsy Driving Consensus Working Group’s 2016 report published in Sleep Health Journal concluded that sleep deprivation renders motorists unfit to drive a motor vehicle. Specifically, healthy drivers who have slept for two hours or less in the preceding 24 hours are not fit to operate a motor vehicle. They further agreed that most healthy drivers would likely be impaired with only 3 to 5 hours of sleep during the prior 24 hours.
NSF is joined in this year’s campaign by UPS. UPS is committed to safe driving and road safety and it will be launching special drowsy driving efforts throughout the week. NSF invites transportation, safety and hospitality companies to promote drowsy driving prevention during November 3 to 10.
Join NSF to eliminate drowsy driving today. Access drowsy driving prevention educational resources today on drowsydriving.org. Share the campaign’s digital assets and messages on social media using the hashtag #Alert2Drive.
About the National Sleep Foundation
The NSF is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Founded in 1990, the NSF is committed to advancing excellence in sleep health theory, research and practice.
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