There are at least 20 million Americans currently suffering from obstructive sleep apnea
85% of people with OSA are undiagnosed
Common ailments that often accompany OSA include high blood pressure, heart problems, sexual dysfunction, stroke, and depression
The yearly health care costs of people with OSA are twice as high as those without
Drivers with OSA are six times more likely to have a crash and seven times more likely to have many crashes
In the year 2000, over 800,000 drivers were involved in crashes related to OSA
Estimates show that if every driver with OSA was treated, 980 lives could be saved each year
Treatment is Key
The good news is that when properly treated, crash and health risks associated with OSA return to normal levels. However, too many truckers are either never diagnosed or don't follow through with a proper treatment regimen. This leaves the driver and everyone he shares the road with at risk for a crash caused by drowsy driving.
If all truckers with OSA, an estimated 60% of the work force, were treated, think of the number of crashes that could be prevented.
Fortunately, many safety advocacy groups are working to resolve this issue. Hopefully, more truckers will soon be getting a better night's sleep and crash rates will decline.
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