Erratic shift work compounds the problem, and 1 in 10 transportation workers toils while drowsy.
One in 10 American truck drivers, train conductors, airline pilots and other transportation workers may be dangerously sleep-deprived, a new survey suggests.
Many said they feel drowsy while working, and some worry that their fatigue poses a threat to commuter safety, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) poll found.
As many as 11 percent of these employees work while sleepy, compared to 7 percent of non-transportation workers.
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