Truck drivers and their tendency to suffer from sleep apnea has been all over the news, but exactly how does the condition affect a truckers ability to drive?
The issue is not that most drivers with the sleeping disorder are falling asleep at the wheel, it's that sleep apnea prevents them from getting the deep, restorative sleep they need to perform their jobs. Sufferers of sleep apnea wake up tired and stay that way all day. A lack of deep sleep can cause:
A diminished ability to focus or concentrate on a task
Slower reaction times
Irritability and moodiness
High blood pressure
Sleep Apnea in Texas Truck Drivers Creates the "Perfect Storm"
Because so many truck drivers—up to 75 percent—suffer from sleep apnea, the disorder has a serious impact on truck crash rates. When a truck driver is tired, unable to focus on the road, and is getting increasingly angry at the drivers around him, it is only a matter of time until his actions and slowed reaction times cause an accident.
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