A study of 783 sufferers of Obstructive Sleep apnea (OSA) and 783 age-matched adults without OSA at the University of British Columbia, found that those with OSA were twice as likely to have a motor vehicle crash compared with non-OSA sufferers, and that crashes among OSA patients were more likely to be severe and involve bodily injury. The results suggest that people with OSA are significantly more likely to be in a motor vehicle crash than people without OSA. Based on the above findings it is recommended that people suspected of having OSA be screened and be made aware of the potential driving hazards.
Thorax: 2008 Jun; 63(6): 536-411. Epub 2008