You are at your job, and it is a day like any other day. It is Monday, you are tired and you have worked through the weekend. You are the only person on the highway right now, your eyes are tired, and you still have a few more hours until the next stop. As you slowly slip in-and-out of consciousness, you wonder how you can be this exhausted after 8 hours of sleep. That harmless snoring that people complain about may be a sign of your answer. Sleep apnea could very well be putting your life and job at risk!
Trucking Industry Demands Sleep Testing
Sleep Apnea, also known as Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, can cause daytime sleepiness as many people know. Did you know that many truck drivers are forced to get sleep testing done to prevent sleep disorder based traffic accidents? After the implementation of the National Medical Examiner Registry in 2014, many truck drivers have been issued to take part in sleep studies just to keep their jobs (and also keep everyone on the road safe).
History of sleep disorders and also neck circumference are deciding factors in whether a truck driver needs to take part in a sleep study, but there are also many other warning signs of sleep apnea.
Symptoms that do not prompt a test
- Morning headaches
- Memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate
- Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes
- Waking up frequently to urinate
- Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
What is the cure?
Option: Oral Appliances
How they work- Oral appliance therapy (OAT) helps prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat by supporting the jaw in a forward position, keeping the airway open during sleep.
Option: Night Shift (Alerts)
How they work- Worn on the back of the neck, Night Shift (by Advanced Brain Monitoring) begins to vibrate when users begin to sleep on their back and slowly increases in intensity until a position change occurs.
How they work- There are many surgery options available to treat sleep apnea, but only your local ENT can let you know what treatment is right for you!
Contact Us today for a a solution to your sleep problems.