Driving is affected by sleep apnoea. If you have a commercial licence there are strict rules about needing to use of CPAP.

  • To avoid driving if they are sleepy,
  • to comply with apnoea treatment,
  • must use and properly maintain the CPAP machine or other device
  • attend follow up appointments
  • Be honest about how sleepy you are when seeing your Doctor

Fatigue related accidents

  • 4 to 10% of all fatal motor accidents 1 — 4% of all highway crashes
  • mild OSA - Odds ratio of 2 for recent road traffic accident
  • in severe OSA - an odds ratio of 7.3 for multiple accidents
  • Falling asleep at wheel 70 to 80% of serious truck crashes

Dozing off driving is not good

The answer is Power Naps:   aim for 15 to 30 minutes;  limit naps to 30 minutes to avoid reaching deep sleep or can still be “ groggy” with Sleep inertia afterwards.

More nap sleep means a faster reaction time ; less tired and more alert at end of a shift  at work. There should be no impact on subsequent sleep at home.

 

Lack of sleep accumulates over time like a debt: 

Don’t burn the candle at both ends

  • After 9 days of only 4 hours of sleep a night, the effect is like 2 ½ days without sleep.
  • After 18 hours awake, fatigue levels similar to blood alcohol of .05.
  • If awake 23 hours without sleep fatigue levels similar to blood alcohol of 0.12.

 

FAQ's

  • What determines which sleep apnoea treatment I am offered ?

  • Government assistance for pensioners and others with low incomes to get a CPAP machine

  • Is my blocked nose relevant?

  • I snore badly and have sleepiness, but my sleep study was fairly normal

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While sleep is a natural part of our existence, it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you have trouble sleeping – whether you struggle to fall asleep or are perennially tired – SleepCare’s specialist sleep study centre may be able to uncover the root cause of your issues.
When you visit our sleep clinic, you will experience a study run by doctors who are specialists in sleeping disorders. As active members of the Australia Sleep Association, SleepCare is a specialist clinic focused on helping patients obtain a better night’s rest.
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More than a snoring problem, sleep apnoea is a potentially serious condition where the airways become blocked while sleeping. If you believe that you may be suffering from this condition, it’s important to seek medical advice. As a specialist clinic, SleepCare will perform a polysomnogram (psg) – that is, a test used to diagnose sleeping disorders – in order to confirm the root cause of your problems.
Treatment may involve a combination of lifestyle changes (e.g. weight loss), use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or a special mouth guard which holds the jaw forward.
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