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Sleep variability in UK long distance heavy goods vehicle drivers

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posted on 2022-08-24, 09:09 authored by Aron Sherry, Stacy ClemesStacy Clemes, Yu-Ling Chen, Charlotte L Edwardson, Laura J Gray, Amber Guest, James KingJames King, Alex V Rowlands, Katharina RuettgerKatharina Ruettger, Mohsen SayyahMohsen Sayyah, Veronica Varela-MatoVeronica Varela-Mato, Iuliana HartescuIuliana Hartescu

Objectives 

Sleep variability levels are unknown in heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers yet are associated with adverse health outcomes and reduced driver vigilance when high.

Methods 

Two hundred and thirty-three HGV drivers recruited across 25 UK depots provided sleep variability, sleep duration, and sleep efficiency data via wrist-worn accelerometry (GENEActiv) over 8 days. Sleep variability indicators included social jetlag (the difference in midpoint of the sleep window between work and nonworkdays) and intraindividual variability of sleep window onset time, out-of-bed time, and sleep duration.

Results 

Fifty-three percent of drivers experienced social jetlag (≥1 hour), and 27% experienced high (>2 hours) social jetlag. Drivers with the highest sleep variability had the shortest sleep duration and lowest sleep efficiency during workdays.

Conclusions 

Drivers with high sleep variability may experience more fatigue when driving given the poor sleep outcomes during workdays observed.

Funding

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Volume

65

Issue

1

Pages

67 - 73

Publisher

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Publisher statement

This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Sherry, Aron Peter PhD; Clemes, Stacy A. PhD; Chen, Yu-Ling PhD; Edwardson, Charlotte L. PhD; Gray, Laura J. PhD; Guest, Amber BSc; King, James A. PhD; Rowlands, Alex V. PhD; Ruettger, Katharina BSc; Sayyah, Mohsen PhD; Varela-Mato, Veronica PhD; Hartescu, Iuliana PhD. Sleep Variability in UK Long Distance Heavy Goods Vehicle Drivers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 65(1):p 67-73, January 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002687.

Acceptance date

2022-08-17

Publication date

2023-01-01

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

1076-2752

eISSN

1536-5948

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Aron Sherry. Deposit date: 23 August 2022

Ethics review number

R17-P063

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