Sleep Apnea and Drowsy Driving Risks
- Sleeping less than six hours a night and/or snoring triples your risk of falling asleep at the wheel and untreated sleep apnea increases that risk seven times, says the National Sleep Foundation
- Driving drowsy slows reaction time and impairs ability to make sound decisions
- Driver fatigue causes 100,000 crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Impaired sleep impacts driving performance much the same way as alcohol; combined, exhaustion and alcohol yield dangerous results on the road
Drowsy Driving Warning Signs
- Yawning and head bobbing
- Blurred vision and trouble focusing
- Missing exits, daydreaming, and not remembering roads just taken
- Drifting across lanes or crossing the rumble strip
Sleep disruption has many causes but if you continue to experience restless nights or wake up tired, consider a sleep study.
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