Regulations on Sleep Apnoea and Driving

Obstructive sleep apnoea and other conditions which cause excessive sleepiness can increase your risk of having an accident when driving. If you suffer from symptoms that affect your ability to drive safely then it is your legal responsibility not to drive until your symptoms have improved. You may also need to inform the DVLA. For more information follow this link to the DVLA website

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    Take regular breaks (at least 15 minutes every two hours)
    Get a good night’s sleep before journeys
    Do not drive if they know they feel tired
    Look out for the warning signs of tiredness when driving, such as increased difficulty concentrating, yawning, heavy eyelids, eyes starting to ‘roll’ and neck muscles relaxing, making the neck start to droop

If a driver feels tired or notices any of these warning signs they should:

    Get off the road as soon as it is safe to do so
    Find a safe parking place
    Drink one or two energy or caffeine drinks if not allergic to caffeine
    Take a short nap for 10-15 minutes, by which time the caffeine or energy drink will have taken effect. It is important the driver does not sleep for longer as they enter a different kind of sleep
    Be aware the caffeine only has a short-term effect

For more information, click here to visit the DVLA website