National Sleep Foundation and Uber to Promote Sleep Health for Drivers and Passengers

February 12, 2018 | By - | Filed in: Press Releases.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and Uber announced a partnership to provide sleep health education and awareness for Uber’s driver-partners and riders.

Uber recently took another step toward improving driver and passenger safety with the launch of a feature to its app that counts time and prompts drivers to go offline for 6 straight hours after a total of 12 hours of driving time.  

The NSF and Uber program will provide sleep health messages to both people who ride and drive with Uber. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Health Index®, only 8 percent of American adults reported avoiding getting behind the wheel because they felt tired, and nearly 7 million people admitted to dozing off behind the wheel within the same two weeks.

Commenting on the partnership, NSF CEO David Cloud said, “We support Uber’s action to encourage proper rest for their drivers and stand ready to help.  This partnership is the beginning of an important effort to promote sleep health and public safety.”

Commenting on the partnership, Uber Head of Safety Product Sachin Kansal said “The NSF has been working for decades to not only advance the field of sleep science, but to also raise the public’s awareness about the benefits of proper rest. We’re proud of this partnership and think that together, we can help reduce the risk of drowsy driving.”

About the National Sleep Foundation

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Founded in 1990, the NSF is committed to advancing excellence in sleep health theory, research and practice.

About Uber

Uber was founded in 2009 to solve an important problem: how do you get a ride at the push of a button? More than five billion trips later, we’ve started tackling even greater challenges: making transportation safer with self-driving cars, delivering food quickly and affordably with Uber Eats, and reducing congestion in cities by getting more people into fewer cars.

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SOURCE National Sleep Foundation

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