Research Confirms the Correlation between Car Accidents and OSA
While drunk driving is frequently cracked down on, many fail to consider the ramifications of drowsy driving. Studies are now showing a correlation between Sleep Apnea and car crashes. The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a case study concluding the treatment of OSA reduced the risk of car accidents. This relation has now prompted new legislation in certain states who are trying to cut down on drowsy driving.
See Which States Are Taking Action
• New Jersey A driver without sleep for 24 hours is considered driving recklessly. • Pennsylvania The month of April is now "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." • Texas A week in November is dedicated to "Drowsy Driving Prevention Week." • Utah Road signs are being put in place where drivers are more prone to drowsy driving. • New York Driving while drowsy is now a Class A Misdemeanor.
Not only are certain states enforcing legislation, but commercial drivers (20% to 50% estimated to have Sleep Apnea) now have additional regulations to abide by before getting on the road. These efforts of safe driving are growing as studies are becoming more apparent. Overall, untreated OSA patients had a crash rate three times greater than the general population. CPAP therapy goes beyond a good night’s sleep, it’s also important to notice how it can keep you safer in day to day activities.
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