Sleep apnea is linked to a higher risk of motor vehicle accidents
Mar 11, 2015

A recent study, published in the journal Sleep, draws a strong link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and motor vehicle accidents. According to the statistical data, Motor vehicle accidents are nearly 2.5 times more likely to happen among patients with OSA, compared with general public. The following risks are associated with motor vehicle accidents, including daytime sleepiness (measured by Epworth Sleepiness score), use of sleeping pills, short sleep duration, and long driving distance. For OSA patients, using CPAP sufficiently (≥ 4 h/night) reduces the incidence of motor vehicle accidents by 70%


Reference: Sleep Apnea More Than Doubles Risk For Car Accidents: The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving