FAA’s take on sleep medications

May 13, 2013

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Gary Crump

Gary Crump

  • Director, AOPA Medical Certification Services 
  • 25 years assisting AOPA members 
  • Former operating room technician and Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Pilot since 1973

It is no big surprise that most Americans don’t get enough sleep. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls insufficient sleep a public epidemic. A 2009 study reported that between 36 percent and 44.6 percent of adults reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day in the past month.

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