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Truck Drivers and Sleep Apnea

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Grant Bierman

Truck drivers must have adequate restful sleep to be safe and effective at their job. According to the FMCSA says that up to 28 percent of all U.S. CDL holders have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a danger to everyone, truck driver and others alike. Sleep apnea is a condition where the upper airway narrows or closes during sleep. This causes a person to wake repeatedly during his/her sleep, which makes their sleep not restful.

There are three questions to ask yourself. Do you snore? Do you feel sleepy during the day? Are you over 40 and overweight? If you answer yes to any of these, you might consider seeing a doctor for sleep apnea testing.

There are several signs that could indicate you have sleep apnea. These signs include daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, depression, irritability, loss of sex drive, morning headaches, frequent nighttime urination, lack of concentration or memory impairment.

Sleep apnea is treatable. As long as you follow your doctor’s treatment plan, you can continue to work safely.

This article is not a substitute for medical advice from a qualified medical professional. The author is not a medical professional.

Semi truck photograph courtesy of Grant Bierman of Flickr

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