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Excessive Sleepiness associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The National Sleep Foundation

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Research suggests that between 5 and 20 percent of the adult population has obstructive sleep apnea.

Often people with obstructive sleep apnea do not realize they have it. Daytime sleepiness and reports from a person’s bed partner are some of the most common indicators of obstructive sleep apnea.

Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea are being overweight, having a narrow airway, high blood pressure, chronic nasal congestion, smoking, and a family history of sleep apnea.

1 in 25 adult drivers report falling asleep at the wheel in the previous 30 days. 

Annual estimates by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggest that between 2011 and 2015, there was a total of 4,121 crashes related to drowsy driving. In 2015, there were 824 fatalities (2.2% of all fatalities) recorded by NHTSA that were drowsy-driving-related.

Weight loss, sleep re-positioning, continuous positive airway pressure, dental devices, and surgery are various treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea.