The Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation, Value Sleep As Much As Sobriety

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It isn’t uncommon for the modern person to spend extended periods of time awake. The demands of daily life. Work. Social life. Family. Unfortunately, these extended wake times have immediate impacts on motor and mental function, similar to the effects of intoxication.

U.S. statistics state that the effects of fatigue factor into between 16~60% of vehicle accidents. Annual damage costs estimate around $60 billion. Yet the dangers of fatigue appear to be discounted, despite empirical evidence of health and safety risks.

At what level of fatigue, however, impacts performance? If any safety standards may be set, relating to fatigue, it is necessary to know with more precision if there is a certain number of wakeful hours at which fatigue is too dangerous.

This study used alcohol consumption and BAC levels as a metric for comparison on safe performance. Since the effects of alcohol may be measured and have been standardized, particularly when it comes to driving performance, it is an acceptable measure.

17~19 hours of wakefulness results in equivalent performance to a BAC of 0.05% in an individual. Response speed decreases up to 50%. Accuracy becomes significantly impacted. Beyond the 17~19 hour mark without sleep, performance worsens further, equivalent to a BAC of 0.1%.

Keep in mind that at a BAC of 0.08%, in the U.S., an individual is considered legally impaired. If caught at levels at or above 0.08%, that becomes a charge of DUI (driving under the influence).

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