Previous Data from Other Studies
Even though this is probably the first time determining the impact in driving skills of people affected by obstructive sleep apnea is the main purpose, previous studies have already unveiled some relevant information in this regard.
It has been demonstrated in multiple studies that patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome:
- Have higher accident rates than the general population
- There is a clear association between sleep apnea and car accidents, which is enhanced by alcohol consumption during the journey
- There is a clearly increased risk of accident in drowsy drivers
- Habitual snorers with normal apnea rates also have an improved risk of having car accidents
The evident link between obstructive sleep apnea and car accidents led a group of scientist test real effects of this disease in the driving skills of an affected person.