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.