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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Nurses Who Struggled To Stay Awake Driving Home Obtained Less Sleep

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State of Driver ANA Sample AACN Sample
Drowsy Drivers
  Mean sleep duration (hrs) 6.37 ± 2.01 6.3 ± 2.10
  Median sleep duration (hrs) 6.5 6.2
Alert Drivers
  Mean sleep duration (hrs) 6.89 ± 1.63 6.77 ± 1.65
  Median sleep duration (hrs) 6.98 6.75


Note that these numbers are very similar to those reported for struggling to stay awake at work. Approximately 2/3 of sample have trouble staying awake at work. Slightly higher number of shifts affected. Drowsiness 1 in 5, drowsy driving approximately 1 in 4 shifts.

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