Narcolepsy pp 389-398 | Cite as

Fitness to Drive in Narcolepsy

  • Johannes Mathis


According to projections by the World Health Organisation (WHO), road traffic injuries will be the third leading cause of global burden of disease and injury by the year 2020 [1] – in 50% of these accidents, the driver will be at fault. The main causes of death- or injury-producing accidents are excessive speed, alcohol consumption, inattention, and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).


Driving regulations Alertness Vigilance Narcolepsy Maintenance of wakefulness test Motor vehicle accidents 



Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder


Divided attention driving test


Department of Motor Vehicle


Excessive daytime sleepiness


Idiopathic hypersomnia without prolonged sleep


Motor vehicle accident


Multiple sleep latency test


Maintenance of wakefulness test


Obstructive sleep apnoea (hypopnea) syndrome


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sleep Disorders Centre and Department of NeurologyInselspital, Bern University Hospital, and University of BernBernSwitzerland

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