Severe daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and irritability are common complications related to Sleep Apnea and can be very upsetting to your normal daily activities. Regular, restorative sleep is virtually impossible due to the repeated wakening’s during the night. Drowsiness and excessive sleepiness is said to affect 20% of the population.
These patients are at risk for car and work accidents and are also determined to be in poorer health.
Having daytime sleepiness can have diverse and serious consequences. Sleep problems contribute to more than 100,000 motor vehicle incidents that result in 71,000 personal injuries and 1,500 deaths annually. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, up to 52 percent of single vehicle crashes involving heavy trucks are fatigue-related, with the driver falling asleep in 17.6 percent
The nighttime events of sleep apnea that consistently wake a person will cause them to have sometimes up to a hundred interrupted waking’s during the night. The cycle repeats itself all night long. People have been known to repeat this cycle hundreds of times just in 1 night. This cycle of holding your breath and briefly waking up severely disrupts sleep, but you may not even know that
you are waking up!
Since many people don't even realize they have a sleep disorder they can be at risk for many health risks, but daily risks that come from not being fully aware of your surroundings.