Should Truck Drivers Be Tested For Sleep Apnea?
Drowsy truck drivers could be putting you at risk on the road if they have sleep apnea.
I wrote a blog earlier about driving and the risk of accidents for people who had sleep apnea. Well, there is a new study out that was looking specifically at truck drivers who have sleep apnea. They noticed that there was a direct correlation between the drivers who were using their CPAP machines and those who weren’t. The study showed that the truck drivers with sleep apnea and weren’t using their CPAP treatment properly were at a greater risk of having a serious, preventable crash by a factor of five.
Truck drivers are often required to be tested for sleep apnea by their employer by participating in a sleep study and if it is determined that they have sleep apnea, a doctor will start them on CPAP treatment.
It should be pointed out that many of those truck drivers that were involved in accidents either quit or lost their jobs.
Current regulations allow truck drivers to go and work for another company without informing them that they have sleep apnea but researchers believe that truck drivers should have to disclose their history with sleep apnea.