Relationship Between Diabetes Mellitus and Excessive Sleepiness During Driving

This article reports on a population-based, cross-sectional study that investigated the relationship between diabetes mellitus and excessive sleepiness while driving. The database of 4,540 participants included a total of 470 people with diabetes. Participants with diabetes reported experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness, dozing or sleeping while driving, and trouble sleeping more frequently than did those participants without diabetes. The association of diabetes with daytime sleeping or sleeping when stopped for a few minutes in traffic while driving remained even after adjusting for possible confounders such as age, gender, physical activity, BMI, history of hypertension, history of hypercholesteroloemia, and alcohol intake. The association remained significant after adjusting for the presence of poor sleep quality defined by the global Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index score equal or greater than 5. The authors conclude that, from the public health perspective, all people with diabetes should be asked about a history of excessive daytime sleepiness or dozing/sleeping while driving, which are known risk factors for future traffic accidents.

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    • Hayashino, Y
    • Yamazaki, S
    • Nakayama, T
    • Sokejima, S
    • Fukuhara, S
  • Publication Date: 2008-1


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  • Accession Number: 01108925
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2008 3:42PM