Broadcasted from the UK: Untreated Apnea Patients Often Employ Strategies to Avoid Sleepiness

Individuals with untreated obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) often use coping strategies against fatigue, and those who use more than three coping strategies are more likely to feel sleepy while driving, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in ERJ Open Research.

Akshay Dwarakanath, from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the United Kingdom, and colleagues assessed various potential coping strategies that might be used against fatigue and compared them between OSAS patients and controls and with sleepiness in general, specifically while driving. A total of 119 untreated OSAS patients and 105 controls matched for age and driving experience were recruited. All completed a questionnaire, which included 10 questions about various coping strategies that might be adopted to avoid sleepiness and a history of incidents while driving.

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