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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Obstructive Sleep Apnea a Liability Behind the Wheel

If you have sleep apnea, you’re seven times more likely to be in a car accident where fatigue is a factor. According to the National Sleep Foundation, people with obstructive sleep apnea are at a high risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week falls on November 2 through November 9 this year. The campaign is a time to raise awareness about the dangerous effect obstructive sleep apnea can have on driving ability, not to mention the condition’s serious impact on overall health.

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea suffer poor quality sleep due to interrupted oxygen flow. Sleep deprivation limits the focus and good judgment skills that are essential to safe driving.

If you’re chronically tired, the safest decision is to pull over should you find yourself doing the following behind the wheel: 

·         Yawning
·         Daydreaming
·         Nodding your head and frequently closing your eyes
·         Missing turns and exits
·         Following cars in front of you too closely

Sleep apnea can take a terrible toll over time, but a car accident can lead to a host of serious injuries in a moment. If daytime fatigue is endangering your ability to drive safely, it’s time to seek professional help.

For more information on obstructive sleep apnea, please contact a qualified doctor in your area or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 7:21 AM