How Snore-Free Sleep Makes Safer Drivers
August is National Road Victim Month when drivers are urged not just to remember the annual toll of 1,732 people killed on Britain’s roads (2015), but to reduce their personal risk of causing death or injury whilst at the wheel.
UK government statistics show that sleep deprivation is a key factor in almost 20% of accidents on Britain’s road. Not only is lack of sleep a major cause, it is also more likely than any other cause to end in fatality or serious injury.
4 in 10 sleep-related road accidents involve heavy lorries with men under 20 suffering the highest risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Other figures show that sleep-related road accidents peak in the early hours of the morning and after lunch.
Why Sleep Deprived Drivers are so Dangerous!
Safe driving is all about being in control. Control means responding to changing situations with good judgement and quick reactions.
If your car goes into a skid or suffers a sudden burst type, or if a child steps off the curb in front of you, you might well respond safely and avoid an accident. You might – but only if you are awake and fully alert.
If you did not get a good night’s sleep the night before, then you are probably still feeling a little tired, even sleepy. Tired drivers have slower reactions and less good judgement. Sleepy drivers who nod off at the wheel have no reactions and no judgement!
As many as 3,600 serious injuries and deaths each year (2015) were caused by drivers who may have succumbed to tiredness or fell asleep whilst driving. This August, do something to reduce your risk of becoming one of them.
The Link Between Snoring and Sleep Deprivation
You might be quite certain that you are not a risk of driver sleepiness or falling asleep whilst driving. But you could be unaware that you are a regular low quality or have disturbed sleep leading to sleep deprivation.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) robs suffers of the fully restorative sleep they need to be at their wakeful best. OSA sufferers are often unaware of this condition and it could be seriously affecting their performance at work, relationships at home and judgement whilst driving.
One clue that you could be suffering from OSA, is that your partners complains of your sudden, loud and sometimes violent snoring.
Relieve your Snoring – Reduce your risk of daytime Sleepiness
OSA is a sleep-related breathing disorder. The muscle tone that keeps your airways open when awake is lost when you sleep. The soft, moist lining at the back of your throat relaxes into your airways blocking the flow of air into and out of your lungs. Your brain senses this interruption and breaks your sleep until you start breathing again. This sudden re-start pulls air forcibly through the blockage causing a loud, violent snore.
You may not consciously wake, but your sleep has been disrupted and its restorative quality reduced or ruined making you prone to tiredness, fatigue and daytime sleepiness – including when driving.
Snoreeze Oral Device keeps your airways open and your sleep Snore-Free
The Snoreeze Oral Device is specifically designed to compensate for loss of muscle tone in your upper airways. Fitting comfortably to your bite like a sports gum-shield, the adjustable and reusable device provides gentle support to keep your airways open whilst you sleep reducing your risk of snoring, OSA, sleep deprivation and driver sleepiness.
*Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. If you suspect you have OSA, we recommend you see your doctor.