Tuesday: Sleep apnea correlates with elevated site visitors accidents for older adults, sleep knowledgeable says

This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon Tuesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

A new study out of Washington University shows a correlation between apnea and traffic accidents in older adults. apnea affects an estimated 30 to 50% of older adults, although many cases go undiagnosed. Since it prevents people from reaching a state of deep , it puts people in chronic states of sleep deprivation, which can to risky on the road.

dr Brendan Lucey, an associate professor of neurology at Washington University and the director of its Sleep Medicine Center, is one of the authors of the study. He’ll return to St. Louis on the Air Tuesday to discuss his findings. Plus, he’ll take listener questions about sleep.

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