CDC Finds 1 in 20 Drivers Nod Off at the Wheel!

Friday, March 4, 2011

This ABC video reports on the new Center for Disease Control (CDC) study examining American's sleep habits. It was the first time they looked at drowsy driving. One in twenty Americans admitted to nodding off at the wheel in the past month! The Department of Transportation estimates that drowsy driving accounts from more than 1,500 deaths and 40,000 injuries per year.
The report also found that 1/3 of Americans report getting less that the recommended 7 hours of sleep. Forty percent said they fell asleep unintentionally in the past month.

The Institute of Medicine estimates that 50 to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder.

To date, there are about 90 official sleep disorders, the three most common being insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder in which people stop breathing during sleep, Dr. Philip Westbrook, former president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, recently told Women’s Health.

Read more here.

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