for those ON THE MOVE
What's all the fuss about??
In the interest of public safety, government regulators have developed 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 dysfunction - and even increased risks 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) have implemented screening criteria for medical examiner reference that have been incorporated into the Medical approval process. Several criteria to "Screen" Medical Exam Applicants for OSA are referenced including a measurement called Body Mass Index (BMI), neck circumference and assessments of daytime sleepiness. A high BMI (>30) 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
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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