SLEEP AND TRUCK DRIVING SAFETY
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Sleep is important for overall health and optimal performance, and healthy sleep is essential for driving safety. Adults should sleep 7 or more hours daily for maximum alertness. Insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders increase the risk of drowsy driving. Common sleep problems that can increase sleepiness include obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia and shift work.
Am I at Risk ?
Not getting enough sleep – even for one day – is a significant risk factor for drowsy driving accident. Adults who are under the age of 40 years have a higher risk of being involved in a drowsy driving accident. The risk of drowsy driving also is higher among men than women. Shift work, some medications and sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea increase your risk of drowsy driving. Excess body weight is the major risk factor for sleep apnea. Warning signs for sleep apnea include snoring, gasping or choking, and silent breathing pauses during sleep.
A DEADLY EXAMPLE
Make it a top priority to avoid driving while drowsy
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: CONTENT DEVELOPED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
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Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, MPH, FCCP
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad is a highly qualified physician, Board Certified in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He has been actively serving the community of Lee County, Florida since 2004, with a strong focus on a proactive healthcare approach. Dr. Ahmad has received advanced training from some of the most prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell University, State University of New York at Brooklyn, and the University of Mississippi. SOMNAS is a medical facility that is committed to improving and maintaining the health of patients with sleep disorders. The expert team at SOMNAS is known for their compassionate and high-quality care. They offer unparalleled treatment and care to patients on the Gulf Coast of Florida, ensuring a better and healthier life for them.
Job Title: Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine