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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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INOCENTE, Clara Odilia; INOCENTE, Janine Julieta; INOCENTE, Nancy Julieta  and  REIMAO, Rubens. Chronic sleep deprivation, car driving and inter-individual vulnerability: snore and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2011, vol.12, n.1, pp.41-54. ISSN 1645-0086.

The sleep deprivation is the reduction or elimination of sleep and may compromise the efficiency of the upper airways and cognitive performance. The aim of this study was to examine how chronic sleep deprivation affects cognitive performance with the snoring drivers. Such compromises may contribute to traffic accidents. A literature review was made through sources of articles involving this disorder. This study revealed that after a period of sleep deprivation, the normal individuals, became snoring, and the snoring individuals became individuals’ apneics. Snoring individuals have their sleep fragmented and therefore may have daytime sleepiness. The daytime sleepiness is cause of reducing the performance of various tasks, and when such tasks include the direction, there is the inclusion of this activity in danger.

Keywords : deprivation sleep; driving; cognitive performance; snoring; sleep apnea; upper airway; interindividual vulnerability.

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