Can self-perceived sleep predict sleep-related traffic accidents?

Takeaway

  • Self-perceived sleep during the Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) may be a new predictor of sleep-related traffic accidents in patients with sleep disorders.

Why this matters

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness is a risk factor for traffic accidents and is associated with shortened sleep latencies on the MWT – a test used to measure the objective level of daytime alertness.

  • This study provides new evidence for the use of self-perceived sleep during the MWT for clinicians to assess and predict accidental risk in patients with sleep disorders.