Driving and Snoring By Craig Schwimmer, MD

April 17, 2013

No, it’s not a country song – it’s a potentially deadly combination. Loud snoring is the hallmark of sleep apnea, a disease from which an estimated 18 million Americans suffer. And yet another study has shown that people with untreated sleep apnea are likely to be dangerous behind the wheel. A recent study from University [...]

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Obese Drivers Are More Likely To Die In Car Crashes By Craig Schwimmer, MD

January 31, 2013

A recent study shows that obese drivers are more likely to die in car crashes than non-obese drivers. The reason(s) for this are unclear at this time, but this article discusses several possible explanations.  Including vehicle design and the underlying poorer health of the obese. I suspect that another factor may be at play: sleep [...]

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Ambien and Driving By Victoria S. Brkovich, MD

August 21, 2012

Given Kerry Kennedy’s recent court appearance for the charge of drunk driving, there has been renewed interest in sleeping pills’ known effect of impairing driving.  The most common prescription, Ambien, or zolpidem as the generic is known, was implicated in Kennedy’s car crash earlier this summer.  She reported having accidentally consumed the small sleeping pill [...]

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Summer Safe Driving Tips

June 4, 2010

Summer driving season is now upon us, and countless American families will take to the roads to visit relatives, hit the beach, tour our National Parks and other fun summertime activities. Unfortunately, thousands of these families will likely be involved in crashes that are caused by sleepy drivers. Sleep deprived drivers are estimated to cause [...]

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