1. Support for Global Learning
  2. SQU, UW–Eau Claire to Boost Ties
  3. SQU, University of South Australia to Promote Cooperation
  4. SQU Receives Houston-Clear Lake Delegation
  5. University Tower Hall Opened
  6. Independent Learning Centre Workshop Concludes
  7. SQU Tower Hall Launched
  8. Council Approves Name Change of Academic Departments
  9. SQU organizes football championship.
  10. SQU Staff Football Championship Concludes
  11. Green Climate Readiness Support: SQU, FAO Sign LoA
  12. National Bioethics Committee Meets
  13. SQU Honors Turkish Students
  14. SQU holds the 2nd Customer Services Forum
  15. Forum Highlights Digital Transformation of Customer Services
  16. CAMS Workshop Addresses Whitefly Management in Tomato
  17. SQU-Institute of Public Admn. Committee Meets
  18. Information Systems Computer Lab Launched at CEPS
  19. Researchers Present Progress of Internal Grant-Funded Projects
  20. SQU Mobile App Launched
  21. MSF Hosts Workshop on Seafloor Mapping Technique
  22. On-Campus Fuel Station, Shopping Mall Planned
  23. SQU Organizes 5th Alumni Day
  24. 5th Alumni Day Held
  25. Springboard Program: SQU Teams Bring Accolades
  26. SQU Celebrates World Arabic Language Day
  27. SQU Signs Letter of Intent with Salalah Methanol
  28. SQU Holds Training Program in Logistics and Supply Chain in Aviation Sector
  29. SQU, Omantel Joint Committee Meets
  30. Workshop for Internal Audit Panel Members Held
  31. Main Library Organizes (Awalem) Event
  32. CEPS Gets EQUIS Accreditation
  33. Best Sports College Award: New Initiative to Promote Sports
  34. Smoke Emissions from Shinas Copper Mine Due to Sulphide Combustion
  35. SQU, NFRCEC to Tie-up on Research
  36. SQU Hosts 2nd Blockchain Symposium
  37. SQU Hosts MEACR Annual Meet
  38. Dr. Ahmed Al Salman Elected as Fellow of TWAS
  39. Opportunities in Future Technologies
  40. SQU and the GULF 3 International Conference
  41. Need for More Mental Health Services for the Young
  42. Sustainability through Reuse Centre
  43. CAMS Hosts International Workshop on Innovative Marine Management
  44. SQU Celebrates World Soil Day; International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  45. SQU Marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities
  46. Start-ups Should Address Social Problems: Dr. Belgacem Haba
  47. SQU, RAP-Green Sign Cooperation Agreement
  48. SQU Hosts the 4th Science & Technology Exchange Program
  49. SQU organizes the 1st open day for Student exchange
  50. Public Speaking Contest: Student Teams Win Third Place
  51. SQU Academician Wins L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship
  52. Oman’s Trade Potential with IORA Member States
  53. University of Denver Explores Ties with SQU
  54. SQU, Charles University to Boost Ties
  55. “Your University Celebrates” 48th National Day
  56. SQU Celebrates 29th Graduation Ceremony of the Scientific Colleges
  57. Counselling Psychology Conference Kicks Off
  58. Workshop Discusses Outcomes of Mango, Lime Diseases Research
  59. 1303 Students from Scientific Colleges Graduate
  60. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  61. Big turnout at “Walk for Your Health” Walkathon
  62. SQU organizes Japan’s open day
  63. Utilizing Drilling Waste in Cement Industry Ensures Sustainability
  64. SQU Celebrates Omani Women’s Day
  65. Growth in Demand for IP Right is a Good Indicator
  66. SQU Hosts Japan Day
  67. Prof. Sabah Bags Qatar Green Research Award
  68. SQU celebrates 29th graduation ceremony (humanities Colleges)
  69. CSD, RMO Holds Workshop on Operational Risk
  70. SQU Wins OER Power Brands 2018 Award
  71. SQU, IDO Holding Sign Research and Innovation Cooperation Program
  72. Conference Highlights Frankincense and Medicinal Plants Research
  73. 1651 Students Receive Their Degrees at Inspiring Graduation Ceremony
  74. Saudi University Explores Ties with SQU
  75. Humanities Students to Celebrate Graduation Today
  76. Daytime Sleepiness Common among Young Omani Drivers
  77. International Award for Dean of College of Education
  78. Omani-French Friendship Association Honors Dr. Kamla Al Busaidi
  79. SQU to Teach Students Values, Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
  80. Lakehead University Delegation Visits SQU
  81. SQU to Host Middle East Cancer Research Association Meeting
  82. Educational Psychology Faculty Holds Research Forum
  83. Latest developments in research and postgraduate studies highlighted
  84. Spotlight on Oman’s Maritime Heritage
  85. Lakehead University Seeks Ties with SQU
  86. NBC Holds Panel Discussion on Ethics in Research and Publication
  87. SQU Hosts WIPO-Oman Summer School
  88. Muscat Finance Extends Support for Research and Innovation at SQU
  89. ACM-OCPC: SQU Teams Bag First and Third Prizes
  90. Climate Impacts on Water Resources
  91. SQU Organizes Oman Collegiate Programing Contest
  92. 29th Graduation Ceremony on 28 Oct, 11 Nov
  93. Student Group Marks World Food Day 2018
  94. Conference Highlights Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum
  95. SQU This Week
  96. European IT Security Advisor Visits SQU
  97. Award for Excellence in Child Health Nursing
  98. Repeat Migration of bar-tailed godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman
  99. Conference Stresses on Sport and Sustainable Development
  100. Outstanding Scientist Award for Nurse Educator
  101. Forum Highlights Student Counselling Services
  102. SQU This Week
  103. Forum Highlights Machine Learning in Remote Sensing
  104. New Book Explores Link between Food and Huntington’s disease
  105. Majors Fair 2018: Spotlight on 60 Academic Majors
  106. UNESCO-APCEIU Chief Visits SQU
  107. Oman Does Exceedingly Well in Student Exchange
  108. THE: SQU Enters World’s Top Universities’ List
  109. SQU This Week
  110. SQU Hosts Dinner in Honor of New Staff
  111. CEPS Gets One Step Closer to Accreditation
  112. SQU, NRAA Approve Private Records Management System
  113. Forum Highlights Remote Sensing Applications in Physical Oceanography
  114. SQU, Starcare Hospital Join Hands for Nursing Training, Research
  115. SQU, University of Nizwa Prepare for Conference on Frankincense
  116. SQU This Week
  117. SQU, Oman Munition Production Company Sign Cooperation Program
  118. The Sultanate, Represented by SQU, Joins UNESCO IGCP
  119. Bioethics Committee Discusses International Legislation on Paternity
  120. DPS Holds Orientation Day for New Postgraduate Students 
  121. Career Guidance: SQU, Ooredoo Sign Cooperation Program
  122. Nanotechnology Helps Extend Shelf Life of Local Vegetables
  123. A New Centre for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  124. Student Council Election: Nominations Open on 10 Sept
  125. SQU, ‘be’ah’ Join Hands to Set up Reuse Centre
  126. Experts Lead SQU Training Course on Sustainable Energy
  127. Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants in October
  128. SQU This Week
  129. SQU and Petrofac sign Sponsorship Agreement
  130. Ways to Make Farming More Sustainable
  131. SQU Marks Renaissance Day
  132. Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
  133. Prerequisites for Significant Learning
  134. Omani Studies Centre Team Visits Brunei
  135. Conference to Address Research Management
  136. Cooperation Program to Promote Date Palm Sector in Oman
  137. SQU, Orpic Sign LoA for Funding Engineering Design Lab
  138. Dead Zones of the Western Arabian Sea
  139. Conference to Address All Aspects of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  140. SQU Gets Patent for New Antimicrobial Formula
  141. SQU Council Approves Center for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  142. SQU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Muscat Securities Market
  143. Information Systems Students ‘Capture’ the Cybersecurity Flag
  144. SQU This Week
  145. SQU, Al Buraimi Solar Energy Systems Sign Cooperation Program
  146. SQU, Oman Oil Marketing Company Sign Sponsorship Agreement
  147. “Anwaar Ramadhan” Exhibition Features Pics of the Past
  148. Association of Arab Universities Executive Council Meets at SQU
  149. CAMS Academic’s Book Deals with Food Microbial Analyses
  150. SQU This Week
  151. Forum on Future Media Discusses Media Sector Challenges
  152. SQU This Week
  153. SQU Hosts Pearl Initiative Award Ceremony
  154. Huge Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology in Oman
  155. First Phase of Solar Parking Shades Opened
  156. MSF Students Visit Oman Aquarium Project
  157. Nursing Students Urge Evidence-based Maternity Care Practice
  158. Project Examines Population Structures of Spiny Lobster along Oman’s Coastline
  159. Workshop Sheds Light on “Integration of Technology into Nursing Education”
  160. New Patent for Invention based on “Therapeutic Composition for Treating Gangrene”
  161. SQU This Week
  162. HMTF Projects 2018 Announced
  163. 18th SQU Day Celebrated with Grandeur
  164. SQU Signs Research Cooperation Program with OAPGRC
  165. SQU Organizes First Aid Workshop for School Children
  166. New Assessment Unit Facility at CPS
  167. Statistics to become Independent Department at SQU
  168. Dr. Mona Al Said Receives Charles University’s Gold Medal
  169. SQU This Week
  170. ELT Conference Addresses Current Perspectives, Trends and Challenges
  171. Workshop Highlights Nutritional Antioxidants Therapy
  172. Academics Co-edit Volume on Cancer Prevention and Treatments
  173. Power Station and Transmission Lab Opened
  174. Conference Focuses on Law, Economic and Social Transformations
  175. SQU Marks Biomedical Laboratory Science Day
  176. SQU, RUDN University to Boost Ties
  177. Commercially Valuable Bioproducts from Waste Paper
  178. Forum Highlights Role of Information Specialists in Smart Society
  179. IS Department Holds Industry Advisory Board Meeting
  180. SQU This Week
  181. Jordanian NDC Delegation visits SQU
  182. The Earthquake Monitoring Center and Seismic Hazard Studies in the Sultanate
  183. Research Workshops and Training Held
  184. The Story of a Lighting Revolution
  185. Patent for “Method of Making an Ajwa Date-Based Treatment for Snake Envenomation”
  186. SQU Holds the First Students’ Conference for Scientific Research
  187. Engineering Students Projects on Display
  188. SQU Hosts National Conference on Civil & Architectural Engineering
  189. SQU, Ministry Mark World Water Day 2018
  190. Forum Deliberates Business Intelligence and Big Data Analysis
  191. SQU-Ministry of Higher Education Joint Committee Meets
  192. Forum Addresses Soil System as Foundation of Food Security
  193. Framework for Making Oman an Innovation Hub
  194. CETL Official Opening Held
  195. SQU, University of Nizwa to Enhance Ties
  196. SQU This Week
  197. SQU Receives Egyptian Minister of Higher Education
  198. SQU Team Wins Robot Championship
  199. Conference Discusses Risk Management Practices
  200. Institutional Accreditation
  201. SQU This Week
  202. SQU Launches its New Media Identity
  203. Neuroprotective Effects of Plant Extracts
  204. Technical Festival Features 20 ICT Projects
  205. ICT Accessibility: Oman Well-positioned to Continue Playing a Leading Role
  206. SQU Team Makes Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Research
  207. Sensor-activated Taps Most Effective for Saving Water
  208. Study Underscores the Need for Stronger School-University Partnerships
  209. Study Identifies Factors Impeding Entrepreneurial Growth in Oman
  210. OCMB Hosts Frontiers in Marine Biotechnology Conference
  211. SQU Council Approves Master’s Program in Psychological Counselling
  212. Nursing Conference Focuses on Technology and Innovation
  213. Microbial Fuel Cells: A Promising Energy Source
  214. Researcher Prepares Database of Aquatic Plants in Wadis
  215. Blended Learning Approach Can Tackle Transitional Academic Challenges
  216. 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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