Fatigue related work accidents and motor vehicle accidents are common for those with sleep disorders. Sufferers of sleep disorders place themselves, their loved ones, fellow employees and others on the road in danger. Sleep Apnea is one of the most common and undiagnosed sleep disorders and related to most accidents. The law is no longer tolerating drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. Across the country, more drivers who have caused accidents are being charged and are facing jail time. Studies have shown that when you are drowsy and driving, it is as if you are on the road after drinking. Your sleepiness interferes with both your reflexes and your alertness. Every month, there are drivers who fall asleep and cause accidents on the Southern State, Long Island Expressway and other major highways. This isn’t happening other places, it is happening right here in Long Island. Many times we do not ting we are that tired because being tired has become just part of your everyday “normalcy” when you have an undiagnosed sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea.
Driving drowsy can be avoided many times by treating an underlying sleep issue.