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A study presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies revealed that people with sleep apnea are twice as likely to suffer an occupational injury, even after controlling for sex, body mass index, alcohol consumption and industry type. Researchers with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver attribute some of the difference to drowsiness in sleep apnea patients, noting that “individuals who tested positive for obstructive sleep apnea were nearly 2.5 times more likely to have an injury related to reduced vigilance, such as falls or motor vehicle accidents.” The study population was 1,236 patients, 70 percent men, of whom 80 percent had sleep apnea according to the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). The researchers recommend identifying and pre-emptively treating workers with sleep apnea to reduce injury risk and associated costs.

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