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Sleep apnea makes sufferers more likely to feel sleepy at the wheel

New research shows that individuals who frequently used one or more coping strategies to stay awake while driving are more likely to be diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.

"Our research suggests that untreated [obstructive sleep apnea] patients often use coping strategies that could be surrogate markers of sleepiness," the lead author said. "Asking about these strategies in the clinic may help doctors in identifying patients who are at risk of driving incidents and to advise appropriately." 

The study was published online in ERJ Open Research.

Full Story: ERJ Open Research.

 

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