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Common Sleep Disorder May Impair Drivers, Research Suggests
Date:4/12/2013

ing test. In contrast, only 11 percent of those without sleep apnea admitted falling asleep while driving. And none of the motorists without sleep apnea failed the driving test.

Both studies highlight the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and driving, Dan Smyth, of Sleep Apnea Europe, said in the news release. "These studies give weight to the need for provision of sufficient resources for early diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, where effective treatment ensures a return to acceptable risk levels for road users."

Interrupted sleep at night leads to daytime fatigue, and sleep apnea has previously been linked to increased risk for car crashes. People with the condition are also at greater risk for medical conditions such as high blood pressure.

Data and conclusions presented at meetings typically are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides more information on sleep apnea.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: European Lung Foundation, news release, April 11, 2013


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