Sleep-Deprived New Moms May Pose a Danger Behind the Wheel
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A study released last week of mothers of newborns reveals that many felt as though they were living in a "mental haze," according to an article in Australia's Whitsunday Times.
The Queensland University of Technology study was looking at the impact of postpartum fatigue on the everyday functioning of new mothers.
"To put the danger of fatigue into some sort of perspective -- if someone is awake for 17 hours they have a driving performance similar to that of a person with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent," Dr. Kerry Armstrong tells the paper.
The study also contradicted earlier studies that claimed postpartum fatigue usually subsides after six weeks. Armstrong's study indicates the tiredness can last up to 12 weeks.
Have you ever driven in a "mental haze?"
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