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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000132
Original Articles

Association of Sleep Habits With Accidents and Near Misses in United States Transportation Operators

Johnson, Kevin D. DO, MPH; Patel, Sanjay R. MD, MS; Baur, Dorothee M. MD, MS; Edens, Edward PhD; Sherry, Patrick PhD; Malhotra, Atul MD; Kales, Stefanos N. MD, MPH

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Objective: To explore sleep risk factors and their association with adverse events in transportation operators.

Methods: Self-reported sleep-related behaviors were analyzed in transportation operators (drivers, pilots, and rail operators) aged 26 to 78 years who completed the National Sleep Foundation's 2012 “Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Sleep” survey. Regression analyses were used to assess the associations of various sleep-related variables with the combined outcome of self-reported accidents and near misses.

Results: Age- and body mass–adjusted predictors of accidents/near misses included an accident while commuting (odds ratio [OR] = 4.6; confidence interval [CI], 2.1 to 9.8), driving drowsy (OR = 4.1; CI, 2.5 to 6.7), and Sheehan Disability Scale score greater than 15 (OR = 3.5; CI, 2.2 to 5.5). Sleeping more than 7 hours nightly was protective for accident/near misses (OR = 0.6; CI, 0.4 to 0.9).

Conclusion: Recognized risk factors for poor sleep or excessive daytime sleepiness were significantly associated with self-reported near misses and/or accidents in transportation operators.

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