Sleep deprivation in young drivers may raise odds of car accidents

05/20/2013 |

Australian researchers surveyed nearly 20,000 17- to 24-year-old drivers and found that those who said they slept six hours or less every night had a 21% higher risk of being involved in a car accident than those who got more sleep. Sleep-deprived drivers were more likely to get into an accident during weekends and between midnight and 6 a.m., according to the study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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