Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sleep Apnea Linked to Deadly Train Accident


The conductor of the Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to New York City that derailed in December 2013 reportedly suffered from sleep apnea, according to an investigation into the accident by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The early morning wreck occurred after the train moved too quickly around a sharp curve on the Hudson Line just outside Spuyten Duyvil station in The Bronx.  It left four people dead and dozens more injured.
The conductor, William Rockefeller, was a 20-year public transportation veteran and reportedly took several appropriate procedural safety precautions prior to leaving Poughkeepsie, including turning off his cell phone and conducting a safety meeting with the train's assistant conductor.
However Rockefeller also told investigators that he experienced something like a blackout while he was working, and only blinked back to consciousness after he sensed that something had gone very wrong with his train.
It was only after the accident that doctors and investigators concluded that he suffered from previously-undiagnosed sleep apnea, or the condition that causes sufferers to awaken up to hundreds of times during the night because of obstructed breathing.
Despite the fact that sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, its symptoms can be difficult to recognize. Sleep apnea symptoms include:
·         Loud snoring
·         Daytime sleepiness
·         Insomnia
·         Fatigue
·         Shortness of Breath
Do you currently suffer from sleep apnea and seek new treatment options, or do you simply want to learn more about this diagnosis? If so, please contact a qualified sleep physician in your area or call (866) 727-6275.

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