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Sleep Sci. 2016 Apr-Jun;9(2):73-7. doi: 10.1016/j.slsci.2016.05.003. Epub 2016 May 31.

Sleep complaints and fatigue of airline pilots.

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1
Centro de Medicina do Sono - CENC, Rua Conde das Antas no.5, 1070-068 Lisbon, Portugal; ISAMB-Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
2
Centro de Medicina do Sono - CENC, Rua Conde das Antas no.5, 1070-068 Lisbon, Portugal.
3
Rheumatology Research Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Egas Moniz, 1649-028 Lisbon, Portugal.
4
Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King's College London, Shepherd's House, Guy's Campus London SE1 UL, London, UK.

Abstract

This work aimed to determine daytime sleepiness and sleep complaints prevalence and the corresponding influence on perceived fatigue and to evaluate the influence of sociodemographic parameters and labour variables on sleep complaints, sleepiness and fatigue. A questionnaire was developed including socio-economic and labour issues and instruments, focused in sleep and fatigue. The response rate was 32% and the final sample had 435 pilots. The prevalence of sleep complaints was 34.9%, daytime sleepiness 59.3% and fatigue 90.6%. The high prevalence of sleep complaints, sleepiness and fatigue was disclosed in pilots, with those who fly short/medium having an added risk of fatigue.

KEYWORDS:

Jetlag; Predictors; Prevalence; Shiftwork; Sleep

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