Sleepiness & Driving
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common problem that affects a person's breathing during sleep.
Frequently during sleep, the airway is blocked causing loud snore and poor
sleep quality. With time, if not treated, sleep apnea could lead to many serious
health problems. Sleep Apnea is diagnosed by a sleep study. During a sleep study, your breathing, heart rate & oxygen levels will be monitored
People who are at higher risk of developing Sleep Apnea:
- Enlarged Tonsils or Adenoids
- Excessive weight/ Obesity
- Jaw anatomical abnormality
Sleep Apnea could cause:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Early death
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
- Choking or Gasping during Sleep
- Restless tossing & turning
- Waking up feeling unrefreshed
- Poor memory and Concentration
- Morning Headache
- Loud Daily Snoring
Drowsy driving is a serious problem. About 1 out of every 3 people have fallen asleep while driving.
Traffic accidents from drowsiness are more likely to be major and can cause death.
About 35% of traffic accidents that result in death are due to drowsy driving.
Who is at risk for drowsy driving?
- Undiagnosed or Untreated Sleep apnea
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Working long hours & not getting enough sleep