Sleep Apnea Treatment Reduces Drowsy Driving Wrecks

Baltimore Accident Lawyers discuss Sleep Apnea Treatment Reduces Drowsy Driving WrecksSleep apnea is a common condition that occurs when the upper airway collapses while they are asleep, causing interrupted sleep and daytime drowsiness. While the condition itself it not life-threatening if monitored, it can have serious implications if someone drives while drowsy. Fortunately, new research suggests that treating sleep apnea with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine can help prevent sleep apnea and reduce the risk of drowsy driving.

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic looked at questionnaires from approximately 2,000 people who suffer from sleep apnea. Participants were instructed to wear the CPAP machine while they slept. The device increases air pressure, preventing the throat from collapsing. As a result, the person is more likely to get a good night’s sleep, without feeling drowsy and sluggish the next day. Ultimately, this means that fewer people are getting behind the wheel of a car while drowsy.

Study Results

According to Harneet Walia, M.D. and lead author of the study, there was a significant reduction in the incidences of drowsy driving, particularly in patients who used the CPAP as directed. These results are noteworthy considering the public health risk that sleep apnea poses. Researchers analyzed the incidences of drowsy driving before and after the participants used the CPAP machine. There was substantial improvement in the number of reported wrecks from participants who consistently complied with the treatment guidelines.

Sleep apnea is a treatable condition, but it can have cardiovascular consequences if it is not monitored. Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, pauses in breathing while sleeping, or feeling excessively tired during the day. Walia urges anyone who experiences any of these symptoms to seek medical attention. A simple overnight sleep study can easily diagnose sleep apnea where the CPAP machine is the first line of treatment.

Drowsy driving is a serious issue, although it does not get the same attention as drunk driving, distracted driving, or driving while under the influence of drugs. Yet, people who get behind the wheel of a car after being awake for an extended period of time often exhibit the same behaviors as someone who is drunk, including slower reaction times, poor judgment, and a lack of focus.

Baltimore Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represents Victims of Drowsy Driving Car Accidents 

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident involving a drowsy driver, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Baltimore accident lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We take drowsy driving wrecks very seriously and we will thoroughly investigate the details of your case so that we can determine who is responsible for your injuries. We will pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To set up a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

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