According to an article published by
The Huffington Post, individuals who suffer from chronic, untreated sleep disorders are twice
as likely to suffer
workplace injuries than those without sleep disorders. Additionally, people diagnosed with
sleep apnea, a sleep condition which consists of disrupted sleep due to
intermittent pauses in breath, are three times as likely to sustain fatigue-related injuries.
According to Dr. Najib Ayas, a professor of medicine at the University
of British Columbia, persons who suffer from sleep apnea have decreased
attention, motor function, vigilance, and cognitive function. As a result,
these sleep apnea sufferers are at higher risks for various types of accidents
auto collisions and
In a study, Dr. Ayas and his team examined 1,236 patients. During the study,
these participants were examined and evaluated for sleep apnea. Out of
this group, 994 patients were diagnosed with sleep apnea while 242 persons were not.
At the conclusion of the study, researchers discovered the following:
- 10% of sleep apnea sufferers in the study reported injury claims
- Only 5.4% of those without sleep apnea reported injury claims
- 4.5% of those with sleep apnea filed injury reports after falls or car
accidents related to fatigued driving
- Only 1.7% of those without sleep apnea filed injury reports after falls
or car accidents related to fatigued driving
Dr. Ayas states that researchers plan to perform a follow-up study to see
if treatment can help remedy the high injury rates of those suffering
from sleep apnea. Researchers believe the results of this study may encourage
employers to perform sleep apnea screenings in the workplace to prevent
harm and injuries.
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