My son has for approximately 9 months has been driving trucks or car carriers in Australia. He works either 5 or six days per weeks and shifts of up to 12 hours. For the last 6 weeks he has been off work following an accident which in my view was a direct result of sleep deprivation. His employer (a large well known logistics firm) schedule drivers' shifts on a weekly basis bearing no similarity to the previous week, Shifts are quite different from one week to the next. Drivers may start at 3 am one week or even 1 pm the next and consequently they are required to adjust their sleeping patterns accordingly. Some days my son was gong off to work after less than 2 hours sleep.
It was not unexpected an accident at work occurred following feelings of disorientation, dizziness, head spins, and head aches. Since that time he has shown signs of vagueness, indecision and now depression. He has had an MRI scan, CT scan blood tests all of which are clear. The biggest hurdle is geting doctors to understand the accident was brought about by sleep loss. He currently is receiving no pay.
Can sleep deprivation cause these symptoms. I question the mentality of the trucking company in expecting drivers to alter shifts as described above with no consideration for the safety and welfare of their employees.