1. “Your University Celebrates” 48th National Day
  2. SQU Celebrates 29th Graduation Ceremony of the Scientific Colleges
  3. Counselling Psychology Conference Kicks Off
  4. Workshop Discusses Outcomes of Mango, Lime Diseases Research
  5. 1303 Students from Scientific Colleges Graduate
  6. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  7. Big turnout at “Walk for Your Health” Walkathon
  8. SQU organizes Japan’s open day
  9. Utilizing Drilling Waste in Cement Industry Ensures Sustainability
  10. SQU Celebrates Omani Women’s Day
  11. Growth in Demand for IP Right is a Good Indicator
  12. SQU Hosts Japan Day
  13. Prof. Sabah Bags Qatar Green Research Award
  14. SQU celebrates 29th graduation ceremony (humanities Colleges)
  15. CSD, RMO Holds Workshop on Operational Risk
  16. SQU Wins OER Power Brands 2018 Award
  17. SQU, IDO Holding Sign Research and Innovation Cooperation Program
  18. Conference Highlights Frankincense and Medicinal Plants Research
  19. 1651 Students Receive Their Degrees at Inspiring Graduation Ceremony
  20. Saudi University Explores Ties with SQU
  21. Humanities Students to Celebrate Graduation Today
  22. Daytime Sleepiness Common among Young Omani Drivers
  23. International Award for Dean of College of Education
  24. Omani-French Friendship Association Honors Dr. Kamla Al Busaidi
  25. SQU to Teach Students Values, Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
  26. Lakehead University Delegation Visits SQU
  27. SQU to Host Middle East Cancer Research Association Meeting
  28. Educational Psychology Faculty Holds Research Forum
  29. Latest developments in research and postgraduate studies highlighted
  30. Spotlight on Oman’s Maritime Heritage
  31. Lakehead University Seeks Ties with SQU
  32. NBC Holds Panel Discussion on Ethics in Research and Publication
  33. SQU Hosts WIPO-Oman Summer School
  34. Muscat Finance Extends Support for Research and Innovation at SQU
  35. ACM-OCPC: SQU Teams Bag First and Third Prizes
  36. Climate Impacts on Water Resources
  37. SQU Organizes Oman Collegiate Programing Contest
  38. 29th Graduation Ceremony on 28 Oct, 11 Nov
  39. Student Group Marks World Food Day 2018
  40. Conference Highlights Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum
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  42. European IT Security Advisor Visits SQU
  43. Award for Excellence in Child Health Nursing
  44. Repeat Migration of bar-tailed godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman
  45. Conference Stresses on Sport and Sustainable Development
  46. Outstanding Scientist Award for Nurse Educator
  47. Forum Highlights Student Counselling Services
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  49. Forum Highlights Machine Learning in Remote Sensing
  50. New Book Explores Link between Food and Huntington’s disease
  51. Majors Fair 2018: Spotlight on 60 Academic Majors
  52. UNESCO-APCEIU Chief Visits SQU
  53. Oman Does Exceedingly Well in Student Exchange
  54. THE: SQU Enters World’s Top Universities’ List
  55. SQU This Week
  56. SQU Hosts Dinner in Honor of New Staff
  57. CEPS Gets One Step Closer to Accreditation
  58. SQU, NRAA Approve Private Records Management System
  59. Forum Highlights Remote Sensing Applications in Physical Oceanography
  60. SQU, Starcare Hospital Join Hands for Nursing Training, Research
  61. SQU, University of Nizwa Prepare for Conference on Frankincense
  62. SQU This Week
  63. SQU, Oman Munition Production Company Sign Cooperation Program
  64. The Sultanate, Represented by SQU, Joins UNESCO IGCP
  65. Bioethics Committee Discusses International Legislation on Paternity
  66. DPS Holds Orientation Day for New Postgraduate Students 
  67. Career Guidance: SQU, Ooredoo Sign Cooperation Program
  68. Nanotechnology Helps Extend Shelf Life of Local Vegetables
  69. A New Centre for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  70. Student Council Election: Nominations Open on 10 Sept
  71. SQU, ‘be’ah’ Join Hands to Set up Reuse Centre
  72. Experts Lead SQU Training Course on Sustainable Energy
  73. Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants in October
  74. SQU This Week
  75. SQU and Petrofac sign Sponsorship Agreement
  76. Ways to Make Farming More Sustainable
  77. SQU Marks Renaissance Day
  78. Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
  79. Prerequisites for Significant Learning
  80. Omani Studies Centre Team Visits Brunei
  81. Conference to Address Research Management
  82. Cooperation Program to Promote Date Palm Sector in Oman
  83. SQU, Orpic Sign LoA for Funding Engineering Design Lab
  84. Dead Zones of the Western Arabian Sea
  85. Conference to Address All Aspects of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  86. SQU Gets Patent for New Antimicrobial Formula
  87. SQU Council Approves Center for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  88. SQU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Muscat Securities Market
  89. Information Systems Students ‘Capture’ the Cybersecurity Flag
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  91. SQU, Al Buraimi Solar Energy Systems Sign Cooperation Program
  92. SQU, Oman Oil Marketing Company Sign Sponsorship Agreement
  93. “Anwaar Ramadhan” Exhibition Features Pics of the Past
  94. Association of Arab Universities Executive Council Meets at SQU
  95. CAMS Academic’s Book Deals with Food Microbial Analyses
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  97. Forum on Future Media Discusses Media Sector Challenges
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  99. SQU Hosts Pearl Initiative Award Ceremony
  100. Huge Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology in Oman
  101. First Phase of Solar Parking Shades Opened
  102. MSF Students Visit Oman Aquarium Project
  103. Nursing Students Urge Evidence-based Maternity Care Practice
  104. Project Examines Population Structures of Spiny Lobster along Oman’s Coastline
  105. Workshop Sheds Light on “Integration of Technology into Nursing Education”
  106. New Patent for Invention based on “Therapeutic Composition for Treating Gangrene”
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  108. HMTF Projects 2018 Announced
  109. 18th SQU Day Celebrated with Grandeur
  110. SQU Signs Research Cooperation Program with OAPGRC
  111. SQU Organizes First Aid Workshop for School Children
  112. New Assessment Unit Facility at CPS
  113. Statistics to become Independent Department at SQU
  114. Dr. Mona Al Said Receives Charles University’s Gold Medal
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  116. ELT Conference Addresses Current Perspectives, Trends and Challenges
  117. Workshop Highlights Nutritional Antioxidants Therapy
  118. Academics Co-edit Volume on Cancer Prevention and Treatments
  119. Power Station and Transmission Lab Opened
  120. Conference Focuses on Law, Economic and Social Transformations
  121. SQU Marks Biomedical Laboratory Science Day
  122. SQU, RUDN University to Boost Ties
  123. Commercially Valuable Bioproducts from Waste Paper
  124. Forum Highlights Role of Information Specialists in Smart Society
  125. IS Department Holds Industry Advisory Board Meeting
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  127. Jordanian NDC Delegation visits SQU
  128. The Earthquake Monitoring Center and Seismic Hazard Studies in the Sultanate
  129. Research Workshops and Training Held
  130. The Story of a Lighting Revolution
  131. Patent for “Method of Making an Ajwa Date-Based Treatment for Snake Envenomation”
  132. SQU Holds the First Students’ Conference for Scientific Research
  133. Engineering Students Projects on Display
  134. SQU Hosts National Conference on Civil & Architectural Engineering
  135. SQU, Ministry Mark World Water Day 2018
  136. Forum Deliberates Business Intelligence and Big Data Analysis
  137. SQU-Ministry of Higher Education Joint Committee Meets
  138. Forum Addresses Soil System as Foundation of Food Security
  139. Framework for Making Oman an Innovation Hub
  140. CETL Official Opening Held
  141. SQU, University of Nizwa to Enhance Ties
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  143. SQU Receives Egyptian Minister of Higher Education
  144. SQU Team Wins Robot Championship
  145. Conference Discusses Risk Management Practices
  146. Institutional Accreditation
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  148. SQU Launches its New Media Identity
  149. Neuroprotective Effects of Plant Extracts
  150. Technical Festival Features 20 ICT Projects
  151. ICT Accessibility: Oman Well-positioned to Continue Playing a Leading Role
  152. SQU Team Makes Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Research
  153. Sensor-activated Taps Most Effective for Saving Water
  154. Study Underscores the Need for Stronger School-University Partnerships
  155. Study Identifies Factors Impeding Entrepreneurial Growth in Oman
  156. OCMB Hosts Frontiers in Marine Biotechnology Conference
  157. SQU Council Approves Master’s Program in Psychological Counselling
  158. Nursing Conference Focuses on Technology and Innovation
  159. Microbial Fuel Cells: A Promising Energy Source
  160. Researcher Prepares Database of Aquatic Plants in Wadis
  161. Blended Learning Approach Can Tackle Transitional Academic Challenges
  162. Medical Research Centre to Focus on Themes Relevant to Oman

A study that investigated the prevalence of sleepiness while driving has revealed that daytime sleepiness was fairly common among young Omani drivers. Various characteristics were found to be associated with daytime sleepiness while driving, including gender, BMI category, nocturnal sleep deprivation and snoring. This cross-sectional study took place at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, between May and July 2014. A total of 492 private vehicle drivers took part in the study of which 50.4% were male. Overall, 124 Omanis (25.2%) reported experiencing daytime sleepiness while driving at least once per month. The findings of this study, carried out by Dr. Mohammed Al Abri from the Department of Clinical Physiology at SQU Hospital and fellow researchers from SQU and the Hospital, were reported in SQU Medical Journal May 2018 issue.

Sleepiness and fatigue can decrease mental alertness and increase the likelihood of errors and unintentional injuries among children, adolescents and adults. In particular, fatigue and daytime sleepiness have been shown to impair cognitive function while driving, which results in a higher risk of road traffic crashes. Extended work shifts can also disrupt the sleep-wake cycle and therefore heighten the risk of occupational injuries and motor vehicle crashes. Nocturnal sleep deprivation and poor sleep hygiene are well-known causes of daytime sleepiness and tiredness, particularly among younger individuals. In addition to lack of sleep, there is evidence to suggest that sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can trigger excessive daytime sleepiness.

In the study, male drivers reported significantly greater daytime sleepiness compared to females (33.5% versus 18%). However, no gender difference was noted in terms of average nocturnal sleep duration. There was a significant association between daytime sleepiness while driving and nocturnal sleep deprivation, BMI and snoring. Among those who reported sleepiness while driving, the majority had fewer than 6 hours of sleep per night (69.3%) and were overweight (59.1%). Furthermore, the proportion of those with daytime sleepiness was doubled among those who snored compared to those who did not snore (36.2% versus 16.4%).

Car crashes are one of the most common causes of mortality and morbidity among young people in Oman, a country of approximately 4.5 million individuals. Sleepiness while driving is a leading cause of car crashes. The findings of the study indicated that sleepiness while driving was fairly common among private car drivers in Oman, with just over one quarter of the drivers reporting that they experienced daytime sleepiness while driving at least once a month. A significantly greater proportion of male drivers experienced daytime sleepiness while driving compared to females. Therefore, young males were found to carry a higher risk of daytime sleepiness while driving compared to females, despite the latter having a greater propensity towards daytime sleepiness in general. Multiple factors were observed to contribute to daytime sleepiness among drivers in the study.

Almost two-thirds of the sample had an inadequate nocturnal sleep duration of fewer than 6 hours per night, with a significant association between nocturnal sleep deprivation and daytime sleepiness while driving. A previous study found that 57.6% of Omani adolescents had fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night. This lack of sleep could be due to social- or work-related reasons, particularly in a society wherein most social events take place late at night.

Almost half of the participants in the present study had an Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) score of fewer than 10, indicative of a greater propensity towards daytime sleepiness. There was also a significant association between sleepiness while driving and ESS score. These findings suggest that this scale could potentially be used as a screening tool to assess daytime sleepiness among driving license aspirants. The paper also reported an OSA prevalence of 10.6%, with a significant association between OSA and sleepiness while driving.

In a commentary on sleepy drivers, written in the same issue of SQU Medical Journal, Dr. Nabil Al Lawati from the Department of Medicine, Royal Hospital, Muscat, underscored the need for similar studies confirming the actual magnitude of the problem of sleepy driving in Oman using objective tools. “In the study conducted by Dr. Mohammed Al Abri and colleagues, data were subjectively collected using self-reported tools; it is therefore likely that the obtained results underestimate the true magnitude of the problem”, Dr. Nabil observed.

According to Dr. Nabil, the medical community should initiate nationwide campaigns advocating healthy sleep habits and raising public awareness of the numerous risks associated with sleep deprivation, both at the individual as well as societal levels. “It is high time that sleep medicine professionals join hands with law enforcement authorities and non-governmental organizations in Oman to create a common platform and work on preventing and dealing with the critical health-related and socioeconomic consequences of sleep deprivation, especially on the roads”, he noted.


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