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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is driving dangeous with sleep apnea?

    My partner is nervous about me driving with sleep apnea. Should I be worried about driving if I have sleep apnea?
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    The Sleep Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of ‘valuing sleep’ as part of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise, a … View Profile

    Untreated sleep apnea can cause people to feel sleepy during the day, and this increases the risk of having accidents. These accidents can be driving or at work, and people with sleep apnea have around 4 times the risk of accidents compared to people without sleep apnea.   For more information on sleep apnea, see information on obstructive sleep apnea.

  • Brad Williams

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    Williams Occupational Therapy has occupational therapists trained in driver assessments and rehab specialising in getting clients back on road safely. WILLIAMS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY offer Adelaide … View Profile

    Another source for recommendations regarding sleep apnea is the medical guidelines for licencing - Austroads. As suggested already, untreated sleep apnea is clinically unsafe for driving. If the sleep apnea is treated and under control, and approval has been provided by your GP, then people can drive with diagnosed sleep apnea. The risk needs to be assessed by a medical practitioner. It is also the responsibility of the driver to notify the department of transport/licencing of their medical condition.

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