for those ON THE MOVE
What's all the fuss about??
You may have heard or read by now that regulators are working towards developing requirements for screening Commercial Operators for a potentially dangerous Sleep Disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Particularly of concern for Commercial Operators, OSA can lead to excessive drowsiness and increased risk of accidents. OSA can also be a debilitating condition with significant long term health complications such as Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), increased risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, cognitive impairment, erectile disfunction - and most recently identified - risk of developing cancer. The consistent lack of refreshing sleep also robs you of energy, and negatively impacts your overall quality of life.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are moving toward implementing Screening criteria for industry reference that have yet to be adopted. These criteria will likely be implemented in the near future to "Screen" Medical Exam Applicants for OSA by using a measurement called Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI of 30 or 35 will likely trigger a need to be screened, regardless of other symptoms, as studies have shown that the likelihood of having OSA increases significantly with an increase in BMI. (Reference the BMI Chart to the right to see if this impacts you). Many other symptoms however may indicate a Sleep Disorder, outside of BMI, that are in your best interest to assess and address.
Do you snore?
Physician Finder Link
FMCSA Sleep Apnea Page
FAA Flight Surgeon editorial
AOPA Article: FAA Put Sleep Apnea Policy on Hold Dec 2013
Sleep Apnea & Commercial Drivers FMCSA Webpage
New Findings correlate OSA with increased risk of cancer
Epworth Sleep Score Questionaire
Body Mass Index (BMI) Chart
Quality of Life
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