Truck Drivers May Soon Be Required to Undergo Sleep Apnea Evaluations
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects breathing during sleep, in which breathing stops for anywhere from a few seconds to minutes, occurring many times per hour in some instances. A person affected by sleep apnea may not realize he or she has it, but will experience daytime fatigue and drowsiness because of interrupted sleep.
Those with a high body mass index (i.e. those who are overweight) are susceptible to sleep apnea. Obviously, truck drivers with sleep apnea pose a risk to other motorists and passengers on the road, as a sleepy truck driver could nod off and cause a serious accident.
In fact, according to a Harvard Medical School professor, those with sleep apnea are a staggering 242 percent more likely to get into a wreck while driving, as Patton reports.
Source: FMCSA Proposes Guidance for Sleep Apnea