We normally think of our own health conditions as affecting only ourselves.
But, according to a new study published in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, if you suffer sleep apnea, you may actually be putting other people at even greater risk than yourself.
And by other people, we’re not talking about your spouse or children.
We are talking about harming total strangers.
The researchers reviewed several studies on the relationship between occupations and sleep apnea.
One occupation stood out.
Commercial drivers are twice as likely as the general population to suffer from sleep apnea.
They speculated that the high prevalence of this condition among drivers could be caused by obesity, high blood pressure, irregular sleep schedules and stress. All factors that are commonplace in the lives of commercial drivers.
This is alarming, as commercial motor vehicle drivers hold the lives of so many other people in their hands. Bus drivers are responsible for the safety of their passengers, while truck drivers can put their fellow road users at risk.
And this is especially alarming since previous studies have concluded that drivers with untreated sleep apnea are much more likely to crash than those whose conditions are under control.
The researchers recommended that all commercial drivers undergo sleep apnea tests… just like professional pilots do.
This could save thousands of lives as well as help detect sleep apnea early on.
Regardless of your profession, if you suffer sleep apnea you absolutely must treat it. And the easiest, most effective way to permanently cure sleep apnea are the simple, easy throat, tongue and jaw exercises found here…
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