Sleep for Your Health and the Public Roadways

Public Transportation Specialists

A recent poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that sleepiness and sleep disorders negatively impact worker performance in the transportation industry. Public transportation specialists reported the following:

  • 18% said they did not  get the sleep needed during the workweek
  • 5% reported having sleep disorders
  • 12% associated a “near miss” at work due to their sleepiness

While sleepiness is common for all workers, sleep related issues and job performance are higher among those in the transportation industry. With so many lives at stake, this report suggests that intervention is required to ensure personal and public transportation safety.

Sleep and Personal Health

Studies have shown that sleep is essential for health and wellness. Adults require on average about eight hours of sleep every night.  Getting the proper amount of sleep helps:

  • Ensure that you have enough energy for the day
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Mental wellness

Consequently, a persistent lack of sleep or constant sleep disruptions can cause serious health problems. Issues related with sleep disorders include:

  • A lowered immune system and higher susceptibility to infectious diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of stroke

Aside from personal health, your sleep-related issues can be detrimental for others who are travelling on the road.

Sleep for Public Roadways

Driving remains the #1 mode of transportation in America. The most prevalent risk for all travelers is a fatigued driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sleep deprivation is responsible for over 100,000 vehicular accidents and annually causes 1,500 deaths. Furthermore, motor vehicle accidents caused by sleepiness have fatality and injury rates consistent to alcohol-related crashes, and the psychomotor impairments of a sleep deprived person mirror those of an individual who is legally intoxicated.

Sleepy drivers also demonstrate cognitive malfunctions that are vital to safe driving. These deficits include:

  • Involuntary microsleeps
  • Increased errors in responses
  • Slowed response time
  • Decreased hand-eye coordination

Considering that sleep improves work performance and mental focus, thus reducing your risk for accidents, it is imperative to seek treatment for suspected sleep disorders.

FusionHealth® Is Ready to Help

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea or any other type of sleep disorder, the Sleep4Safety® program is here to help. Specializing in treatment options for DOT regulated and non-DOT regulated workers in the transportation industry, FusionHealth® is the national leader in transportation sleep medicine treating sleep apnea and over 80 other sleep disorders for public transportation specialists. Let FusionHealth® give you the restful night’s sleep you’ve been searching for.

Call us today and book an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

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