Drinking and Driving Is Even More Dangerous for OSA Patients

Theuvenin, Frederique H.
November 2009
Pulmonary Reviews;Nov2009, Vol. 14 Issue 11, p20
The article discusses research on the effect of alcohol consumption and sleep restriction on driving performance of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It references a study by Andrew Vakulin and colleagues, published in the October 2009 issue of "Annals of Internal Medicine" periodical. The researchers assessed the driving simulator performance under three conditions including after acute administration of low-dose alcohol. The researchers conclude that sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption negatively impact prefrontal cortex function.


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