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SLEEP DISORDERS AND ACCIDENTS

Narcolepsy is a major pathology responsible for excessive daytime somnolence, and it has also been studied as a risk factor for traffic accidents. Aldrich21 showed that narcolepsy patients presented a higher risk of sleep-related accidents than patients suffering from sleep apnea. Multiple sleep latency tests (MSLTs) did not correlate with the rate of accidents among sleepy patients. However, the number of patients in the study with MSLTs was quite limited (46 apneics, 22 narcoleptics, 17 patients with excessive daytime somnolence due to other causes), which could explain the lack of power of the study.