Can your drowsy driving be caused by a sleep breathing disorder?
People with Sleep Apnea commonly experience the problem of feeling drowsy whilst driving. It so often occurs that car accident is one of the most common causes of death in drivers with sleep apnea. You don't have to completely fall asleep while driving to have a car accident, a simple nod off or a long blink of an eye can cause your car to cross into the next lane or crashing into a tree from the wayside.
You should not drive if you know you have untreated sleep apnea, only once you are receiving treatment from a doctor is it safe to commence driving again.
One of these treatments can include using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine every time you sleep, but it is important to note: an excessive daytime sleepiness symptom can reoccur when you skip one night of sleep without a CPAP machine and for you to be in danger on the road again.