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New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (“BWH”) and Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences evaluated the daytime driving performance of night shift workers after a night of shift work compared to driving after a night of sleep and found that 37.5 percent of drivers participating in a test drive after working the night shift experienced a near-crash event. 

The same drivers, with normal sleep the night before the test, had zero near-crashes. These results demonstrate, for the first time, an increased risk of drowsy driving related motor vehicle crashes, as well as an increase in self-reported and biological measures of drowsiness when operating a real motor vehicle during the daytime following night shift work.

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