Safe Driving When You Have Sleep Apnoea

sleeping and drivingSleep apnoea is a medical condition which is manifested by a pause in breathing while sleeping. This is normally due to an obstruction of the airways. Sleep apnoea also increases the risk of other deadly conditions such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke.

However, recent studies have shown that it is not only through its resulting comorbid illnesses that sleep apnoea becomes deadly. The latest guidelines from the American Thoracic Society say that people with sleep apnoea may also have a higher risk for road traffic related accidents.

So, what makes people with sleep apnoea more prone to road accidents? When a person has sleep apnoea, his or her breathing becomes disturbed during nighttime sleep. This interrupted breathing pattern during sleep can bring about a lack of good quality sleep and increased daytime sleepiness. Daytime sleepiness is what makes driving risky. The report claims that the risk for of a car accident is two or three times higher for individuals with obstructive sleep apnoea compared to those without sleep apnoea.

This is why sleep apnoea should be treated as soon as possible. If a person has signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea such as loud snoring and breathing pauses during sleep, he or she needs to undergo diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible so that the risk for road accidents can be minimized. Patients with suspected sleep apnoea can be initially screened using a questionnaire and later on by a sleep study.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.