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Sleep and fatigue in the news

A round-up of recent news stories featuring sleep and fatigue.

Researchers at Oxford University say they have found the “molecular brakes” that prevent light resetting the body clock when we fly – causing jet lag. More

Brain scans of people who say they have insomnia have shown differences in brain function compared with people who get a full night’s sleep, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego. One of the researchers, Prof Sean Drummond, said “insomnia subjects did not properly turn on brain regions critical to a working memory task and did not turn off ‘mind-wandering’ brain regions irrelevant to the task.” More

More than half of all teenagers may be sleep-deprived according to researchers. More

A lorry driver who had been on the road for 15 hours without a break when he caused a fatal crash has been jailed for four and a half years. More

Truck drivers who have not completed fatigue-management training are six times more likely to crash, a landmark new study has found. Researchers at Curtin University, WA found that in 2011, 14 people were killed and 118 were taken to hospital in crashes involving a heavy vehicle. Drivers who had not completed fatigue training were far more likely to be involved in a crash. More