Truck driver sleep apnea study finds condition common

Truck driver sleep apnoea study finds condition common

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released the findings of its sleep apnea survey that involved more than 800 commercial drivers.

Some of the main study findings included that;

  • 53% of drivers who had been referred to a sleep study paid some or all of the test costs
  • Those test costs averaged $1,220 (US) in out-of-pocket expenses
  • Of the 91% of sleep apnea diagnosed drivers being treated with CPAP machines less than a third (32%) experienced improved sleep as a result of the treatment
  • 64% of drivers believe that the current guidelines for referring drivers are too broad and that medical examiners do not follow the guidelines for referrals to sleep studies

Barbara Beal is an owner/operator and member of Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association; she says the results are an eye-opener.

“ATRI’s research clearly shows what my fellow drivers and I have been experiencing. The costs associated with sleep apnoea screening and treatment are not inconsequential for drivers.

“The flexibility to utilize lower cost options for both screening and treatment will be critical if FMCSA (the government regulator - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) moves forward with a formal rulemaking.”

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Kate Richards

Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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