Healthy Living

How Sleep Apnea Affects Drivers, Operators, and Train Conductors

How Dangerous is Apnea

Apnea is Greek for “without breath.” During OSA, the patient ceases to breathe for a period of time. Even when he tries breathing, there might be little to no airflow at all. OSA is actually a common condition in the US, affecting 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women. It is more common among men, menopausal women, and elderly people who are above 65 years old; however, it could also occur among children. If left untreated, it could lead to serious health problems and life-threatening situations such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Road-related accidents
  • Poor memory
  • Unwanted weight gain
  • Impotence
  • Recurring headache
  • Poor performance at the workplace