According to published research, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers have a significantly increased risk of motor vehicle accidents (from four to six times).
It’s estimated that each year in the USA there are 310,000 sleep apnea-related collisions causing:
- 1,400 fatalities
- $15.9 billion in collision costs
What’s more, the risks of driving when sleepy can be as dangerous as when driving under the influence of alcohol.
Some studies have shown that OSA sufferers are more dangerous than drunk drivers. However, the increased risk of collisions due to OSA is reduced when patients are treated with CPAP. On a related topic, OSA sufferers have twice the risk of workplace accidents.