Surveying The Impact Of Work Hours And Schedules On Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Sleep

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Adam Hege PhD, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Background: Given the long hours on the road involving multiple and interacting work stressors (i.e., delivery pressures, irregular shifts, ergonomic hazards), commercial drivers face a plethora of health and safety risks. Researchers goal was to determine whether and to what extent long-haul trucker work schedules influence sleep duration and quality. Methods: Survey and biometric data collected from male long-haul truck drivers at a major truckstop in central North Carolina over a six month period. Results: Daily hours worked (mean¼11 hours, 55 minutes) and frequency of working over government-mandated daily HOS regulations (23.8% “frequently or always”) were statistically significant predictors of sleep duration. Miles driven per week (mean¼2,812.61), irregular daily hours worked (63.8%), and frequency of working over the daily hour limit (23.8% “frequently or always”) were statistically significant predictors of sleep quality. Conclusion: Implications of findings suggest a comprehensive review of the regulations and operational conditions for commercial motor vehicle drivers be undertaken.

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Adam Hege, Michael Perko, Amber Johnson, Chong Ho Yu, Sevil Sönmez, & Yorghos Apostolopoulos, (2015). Surveying the Impact of Work Hours and Schedules on Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Sleep, Safety and Health at Work, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2015, Pages 104-113. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2015
commercial drivers, health, long-haul truck drivers, sleep, work environment

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