Confronting Drowsy Driving: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Perspective

J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Nov 15;11(11):1335-6. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.5200.


Drowsy driving is a serious public health concern which is often difficult for individual drivers to identify. While it is important for drivers to understand the causes of drowsy driving, there is still insufficient scientific knowledge and public education to prevent drowsy driving. As a result, the AASM is calling upon institutions and policy makers to increase public awareness and improve education on the issue, so our society can better recognize and prevent drowsy driving. The AASM has adopted a position statement to educate both healthcare providers and the general public about drowsy driving risks and countermeasures.

Keywords: drowsy driving; sleep deprivation; undiagnosed sleep disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes
  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Automobile Driving*
  • Dangerous Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Deprivation / complications*
  • United States