Drivers with shift work sleep disorder 3 times more likely to be in crash: Study

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New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): As people working late-night may face a couple of health issues due to the disturbance in body clock, they may suffer from shift work sleep disorder. According to researchers, people who develop this condition are also three times more likely to be involved in an accident. Individuals working in late shifts such as 11 pm -7 am, or the 'graveyard' shift, are more likely than people with traditional daytime work schedules to develop a chronic medical condition - shift work sleep disorder - that disrupts their sleep. According to researchers at the University of Missouri, people who develop this condition are also three times more likely to be involved in a vehicle accident. "This discovery has many major implications, including the need to identify engineering countermeasures to help prevent these crashes from happening," said Praveen Edara, department chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering. Edara added, "Such measures can include the availability of highway rest areas, roadside and in-vehicle messaging to improve a driver's attention, and how to encourage drivers who may have a late-night work shift to take other modes of transportation, including public transit or ride-share services."

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