Preventing Sleep Apnea For Commercial Drivers

Posted on March 30, 2016 by - Also by this author

Roadside rest areas can encourage commercial drivers to take occasional nappy-poos.
Roadside rest areas can encourage commercial drivers to take occasional nappy-poos.
Do you or your chaffeurs and drivers have sleep apnea? Whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, sleep apnea is a deadly disease with deadly consequences for professional drivers.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and restarts during sleep. This condition causes daytime sleepiness. According to a study published in the journal, Sleep, the condition is five times more likely to cause a serious crash for the commercial driver.

Untreated sleep apnea also can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. It is a serious condition that affects the safety of the driver and other motorists on the road since the study also indicates that nearly 20% of all crashes involving a commercial vehicle results from drowsiness behind the wheel. That’s a serious risk factor.

If you are constantly tired and feel like you can’t catch up with your sleep, you may have sleep apnea. If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, get tested. If you do have sleep apnea, follow your treatment program rigorously. Being well rested while driving is important for your safety and that of your passengers and others on the road.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleepeducation.org

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