Evidence suggests that people with untreated obstructive sleep apnea are nearly 2.5 times more likely to be the driver in a motor vehicle accident compared to other drivers.5
The study also found that by treating sleep apnea with CPAP therapy (for at least 4 hours per night) significantly reduced this risk.5
If you snore and experience mood problems and/or daytime sleepiness, these could be the effects of untreated sleep apnea.
21.5% of people with sleep apnea experience mood problems although women with sleep apnea are more likely to report mood disturbances than men.6
People with sleep apnea are often very sleepy during the daytime. This isn’t surprising when you consider how their sleep is being constantly interrupted.
Daytime sleepiness puts you at risk of accidents. People with sleep apnea are 2.5 times more likely to be the driver in a car accident.5
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