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Sleep disorder screening & help for professional truckers

More than 2 million drivers have crashed or had near misses due to drowsiness in the last year, according to The National Sleep Foundation.

Even more alarming is the fact that as many as 4 million licensed truck drivers in the US are believed to have sleep apnea – most of them undiagnosed or untreated.

In a study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, more than 13% of commercial truck drivers averaged less than five hours of sleep per night, and about 5% suffered from severe sleep apnea. The study was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. It also said that reduced sleep hours and sleep apnea both lead to poor performance on psychomotor vigilance and driving tests. In some cases, the impairment is equal to being drunk.

Drivers at risk put everyone at risk

First and foremost is the safety of your drivers. Sleep-impaired drivers risk their own lives and the lives of others. They can be major insurance liabilities for trucking businesses, as well. That’s why it’s so critically important to have your drivers screened and tested for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

  • Sleep apnea – Causes a person to actually stop breathing during sleep. People with sleep apnea have dramatically increased risk for daytime sleepiness as well as impaired memory and cognitive dysfunction.
  • Narcolepsy – Characterized by falling asleep suddenly without warning, even after a full night’s sleep. These sleep attacks may last a few minutes or a few hours. Narcoleptics may become sleepy again a few hours later and experience another attack.

Protecting your drivers and your business

Your drivers should be routinely screened, tested and examined for sleep-related conditions that put them – and your business – at serious risk.

Margaret E. Mike, MD, is a triple-boarded sleep doctor specialist with over two decades of experience and an outstanding success record. She can identify and provide care for sleep disorders.

Stay wide awake on the road and avoid accidents. Call Margaret Mike, MD Sleep & Wake Center at 972–981-7436 and learn how today’s advanced care options could potentially save your life. For your convenience, you can also use our online form to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mike today! We accept sleep screening patients from Bedford, Colleyville, Grapevine (Tarrant County), Frisco (Denton County) and Plano (Collin County) in DFW Metroplex, TX.