Sleep complaints and fatigue of airline pilots

Cátia Reis*, Catarina Mestre, Helena Canhão, David Gradwell, Teresa Paiva

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-77
Number of pages5
JournalSleep Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Jetlag
  • Predictors
  • Prevalence
  • Shiftwork
  • Sleep


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