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Monday Sleep Myth: Male and Female Drowsy Drivers

  • Posted: September 22, 2014 
  • Filed under: Sleep Myths

This is the latest installment of a regular feature here at SleepBetter.org: Sleep Myth Monday, where we bust sleep myths wide open, or verify that they’re true.

Myth or Truth: Women are more likely than men to drive drowsy and nearly twice as likely than men to fall asleep behind the wheel.

MYTH

As usual, if there’s a risky behavior, men are more likely to be doing it.  Men are more likely than women to drive while drowsy (56% vs. 45%) and are almost twice as likely as women to fall asleep while driving (22% vs. 12%). If you’d like to read more on the study where those numbers came from, check out this article from the National Sleep Foundation.