Sleep apnea increases the risk of traffic accidents

Traffic accidents are one of the main causes of mortality in the world. Among the reasons that produce them, sleep problems are one of the most frequent. For example, accidents involving people with Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome (SAHS), which is a sleep disorder that affects 40% of the world’s population.

But what are the so-called sleep apneas? Sleep apneas are disorders in which breathing stops and resumes during sleep hours. People who suffer from them snore, and wake up tired even after having slept for many hours. It is also possible that these people wake up and do not remember, which can also cause daytime sleepiness, falling asleep during the day, irritability or fatigue. You may also experience muscle aches, headaches, memory loss, and mood swings.

For all these reasons, sleep apnea is a disorder that can be dangerous, since this lack of “good sleep and rest” can cause distractions and accidents, both minor and serious, to arise during the day. Among them, traffic accidents, which could be totally preventable with proper treatment.

How you can prevent accidents due to sleep apnea

Treatment with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) proved to be very efficient in the treatment of sleep apneas. This device prevents the closure of respiratory tracks by increasing the air pressure inside. The pressurized air is introduced through the nose and throat through a mask that is attached with a harness. Then, the patient manages to sleep well, without interruptions and most importantly: he wakes up after a quality night’s sleep, which can be beneficial in all aspects of his life and that of others.

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More tips for better sleep

Undoubtedly, although Cpap will be essential for the treatment of sleep apnea, for Sleep Medicine there are some factors that influence when it comes to getting a quality rest. Therefore, following some guidelines can help the suffering patient to sleep better and wake up rested. 

  • Always go to sleep at the same time.
  • Get up at the same time.
  • Eliminate caffeine consumption at least 6 hours before going to bed.
  • Eliminate alcohol or drug use.
  • Turn off the screens, including the cell phone, at least 2 hours before going to sleep.
  • If it helps, do a meditation or relaxation before going to bed.
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