Sleepy Pilots, Train Operators and Drivers

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Foundation by WB&A Market Research, using a sample of 1,087 adults above the age of 25. This consisted of a control group of 292 non-transportation workers, 202 pilots, 203 truck drivers, 180 rail transportation workers, and 210 bus, taxi and limo drivers. The surveys were completed online using a panel of Americans who met criteria for classification as transportation professionals or controls.

The maximum sampling error of the data for the total transportation workers (795 interviews) is +/- 3.5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The sampling error will vary depending on the sample size and the percentages being examined in the sample.

* “Train operator” is used to designate train operator (engineer) and conductor.

2012Sleep in America ®Poll Task Force
Thomas J. Balkin, PhD (Chair)
Walter Reed Army Institue of Research
Silver Spring, Maryland

CPT Edward Edens, PhD
Walter Reed Army Institue of Research
Silver Spring, Maryland

Sanjay R. Patel, MD, MS
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Patrick Sherry, PhD
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado  

The National Sleep Foundation began surveying American sleep health and behaviors in 1991. NSF released the poll findings as part of its 15th annual National Sleep Awareness Week® campaign, held March 5-11, 2012, that culminates with the change to Daylight Saving Time on March 11th. With the change of clocks, NSF wishes to remind Americans to use your extra hour for sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation hosts the Sleep Health and Safety conference March 2-3, 2012 in Washington, DC to advance sleep health education for health professionals and public policy leaders.

NSF Background
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving sleep health and safety through education, public awareness, and advocacy. It is well-known for its annual Sleep in America ® poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Arlington, VA. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, professionals in the health, medical and science fields, individuals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities throughout North America.

The National Sleep Foundation does not solicit nor accept corporate