Sleep apnoea is a serious sleep disorder that makes people far sleepier than they would normally be in a variety of situations. Now research has shown that sleepy drivers suffering from this condition are seven times as likely to nod off at the wheel.
It is not just this condition that is dangerous however. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has revealed how dangerous a lack of sleep in general can be when driving. It is thought that around 20% of accidents are caused at least in part by tiredness while driving. Experts also said that if a driver is sleepy, a 15-minute nap will only help them become more alert for another hour or so.
So far this year there have been almost as many fatalities on the UK’s roads as there were in the same period of time in 2013. So far 146 people have lost their lives, which is just one less than to the same date last year. The RSA hopes that by highlighting the matter more people will become more responsible about getting enough sleep, and seeking advice and treatment for sleep apnoea if they suspect they suffer from it.
How dangerous is severe sleepiness when driving?
Sleepy drivers are far from being the most alert people on the road. We all know how difficult it can be to stay awake when we’re feeling tired. When you are driving you need all your wits about you so you can stay alert to everything that is going on. If you feel sleepy you won’t be able to do this, thus raising the chances of having an accident. Making sure you get adequate sleep before driving anywhere is therefore essential in order to reduce the risks of having an accident.
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