Drivers With Sleep Apnea More Likely to Be in Car Accidents

More people are being diagnosed with sleep apnea in California and unfortunately, the condition could impact a person's ability to drive safely. People with sleep apnea stop breathing on and off throughout the night, causing them to not get an adequate amount of sleep at night.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition and a new study found that people with the condition are more likely to be in a car accident. The study reported that people with untreated sleep apnea were involved in more car accidents during a simulated driving test and many drivers were not able to complete the test.

Researchers said that 35 percent of people with untreated sleep apnea said they fell asleep during the driving test, and another 38 percent of the drivers failed the test. The study found that drivers with untreated or undiagnosed sleep apnea were more dangerous on the road due to not getting enough sleep at night.

Driving drowsy is a serious safety issue on the road and people with sleep apnea are more likely to drive drowsy or fall asleep behind the wheel. Reports show that over 18 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea, which means that many people may be driving drowsy in California and throughout the country.

People with sleep apnea should take the appropriate steps to treat their condition. It is important for people with sleep apnea to be aware of when they may be too tired to drive and take steps to make sure they are not at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel.

Source: Huffington Post, "Sleep Apnea Patients More Likely To Fail Simulated Driving Test, Study Says," April 14, 2013

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