People with sleep apnea are twice as likely to be involved in an auto accident as those who enjoy uninterrupted sleep. Researchers from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the University of British Columbia studied 1600 people, some with and some without apnea and found that sleep apnea sufferers were 3 to 5 times more likely to be involved in a crash that involved injury.
The study also found that the risk of crash was not necessarily correlated with the severity of sleep apnea. Even though daytime sleepiness is a common sign of sleep apnea, researchers found that the risk of crashes was not correlated with self-reported sleepiness. Patients are often unaware of the danger that sleep apnea poses because they do not feel overly sleepy yet are suffering the effects of sleep deprivation.
This study just reinforces the importance of treating sleep apnea. Many patients think the condition only affects their sleep, but continuously interrupted sleep cycles can have greater effects on your health.
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