Aug 08

Once again the dangers of sleep disorders slip under the radar. As reported by Kate Schneider from New.com.au

AN undiagnosed sleep condition and a series of early starts caused two pilots to accidentally fall asleep for almost 20 minutes while flying 40 passengers over Hawaii.

The internal flight was about halfway from Honolulu to its destination of Hilo when the crew stopped responding to air traffic control.

The pilots awoke to land the plane safely.
The NTSB was quoted as saying “The effect of early start times on sleep is well documented.” The board also took into account the pilot having previously undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea can cause many other problems, but this highlights not only the importance of a good nights sleep but also being tested for Sleep Apnea. Now Sleep Apnea is very easily treated and there is no reasons for us all to neglect getting good sleep.

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