SLEEP APNEA affects 20million Americans & causes accidents
Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans.
– Driver fatigue accounts for at least 100,000 accidents per year, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
-NHTSA reports sleepy drivers are responsible for 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries
annually, not to mention $12.5 billion in monetary losses, as a result of auto
The FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board
medical examiners has recommended any interstate commercial driver with a BMI
measurement of 35 or above (a 6-foot-tall, 258-pound driver has a BMI of 35). for
evaluation for obstructive sleep apnea
-A recent sleep poll showed that sleep — or lack thereof — caused or nearly caused
car crashes for almost 11 million drivers.
-In a recent survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 20 percent of
respondents admitted they had fallen asleep at the wheel at least once during
the previous year.
Loosing body fat /weight is the most effective home- treatment for apnea.
There is a relationship between BMI and apnea, but it can’t be used as the only diagnostic criteria. Snoring is probably a better indicator, but it’s one that drivers can choose not to disclose. Many physicians are not yet aware of the diagnostic criteria and so you get inconsistencies.
Sleep apnea is definitely a concern because of the effect on health and the costs associated with that. . Individuals with undiagnosed sleep apnea have a higher risk of crashes because of sleepiness. This has been shown in studies all over the world. Sleep apnea in drivers should definitely be a concern for companies, insurers and the DOT. Companies that are sincerely interested in safety and the well-being of their driver should seriously look into this problem.
We are now offering Sleep Apnea studies at our College Point, NY office, Call 718-463-1166. Major Med will usually cover this.