Drowsy Driving vs. Drunk Driving: How Similar Are They?

    Sleep Foundation

    Danielle Pacheto, University of B.C. and Dr Anis Rehman, Endocrinologist

    At least 50% of American adults admit to having driven while drowsy. A staggering 20% of people have actually fallen asleep at the wheel1 in the past year, and one in 25 drivers2 reports having fallen asleep at the wheel in the last month.

    Drowsy driving is responsible for a significant percentage of road traffic accidents, yet it doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as drunk driving. In recent years, experts have been calling for increased attention to the problem of driving while sleepy or fatigued.