Sleep apnoea and the risk of road accidents
If you suffer from sleep apnoea, you probably experience fatigue, daytime drowsiness and a reduced level of alertness. All of these factors increase your risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Scientists have proven that people with sleep apnoea have a significantly increased risk of car accidents.1
In the United States alone, it is estimated that 310,000 sleep apnoea-related collisions occur per year, causing 1,400 fatalities and $15.9 billion in collision costs.2
Studies have also shown that the risks of driving while half asleep can be just as dangerous as when driving illegally under the influence of alcohol.3 Indeed, people who suffer from sleep apnoea are more dangerous than drunk drivers.4
When patients are treated for sleep apnoea, the risk of collisions due to sleep apnoea is significantly decreased.5
If you display any symptoms of sleep apnoea, talk to your doctor about getting proper treatment. ResMed can help you find a good night’s sleep and lower your risk of road accidents. Discover other benefits of treatment.