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White Paper: Sleep Apnea Affects Up to 28% of Commercial Truck Drivers – Why Should You Be Concerned?

by / Monday, 03 November 2014 / Published in Whitepapers

commercial truck driversWhile 18 million+ Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, this disorder is of particular concern among individuals who work in the transportation industry.

According to one recent study, obstructive sleep apnea affects up to 28 percent of the estimated 14 million U.S. commercial motor vehicle drivers. If untreated, sleep apnea can make it difficult to stay awake, focus the eyes, remain alert and react quickly, leading to a seven-fold increased risk of these professionals being involved in a crash.

Unfortunately, many people who have sleep apnea don’t even know it, meaning they’re missing out on potentially life-saving treatments.

Here at Better Rest Solutions, we recognize the dangers that undiagnosed sleep apnea poses to commercial truck drivers, so we recently released a white paper that provides some educational information about this issue. In it, you’ll learn the following:

  • How lack of sleep is affecting commercial truck drivers
  • How sleep apnea impacts driving ability
  • Whether commercial truck drivers can still drive if they have sleep apnea
  • Effective methods of treatment for sleep apnea, such as CPAP therapy 

In the white paper, we also identify one of the main challenges that commercial truck drivers with sleep apnea face when they’re on the road: Keeping their CPAP devices clean.

In many cases, commercial truck drivers have no choice but to hastily clean their CPAP machines in dirty public rest area sinks, which is not only unsanitary, but could decrease the effectiveness of their devices.

The good news is that we’ve come up with a solution to this problem: the SoClean 2 Go.

The SoClean 2 Go is the perfect travel companion for CPAP users who spend a lot of time away from home. Using the same sanitization process found in water purification, produce handling, hotel housekeeping and hospital sanitizing, the SoClean 2 Go naturally kills 99.9% of CPAP germs. It’s small enough to fit anywhere, but powerful enough to keep CPAP equipment clean and safe.

To learn more about how sleep apnea affects commercial truck drivers, download our white paper. And consider sharing it with anyone you know who has sleep apnea and spends a lot of time on the road. 

November 2-9 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. In support of this important campaign, Better Rest Solutions is donating $5 to the National Sleep Foundation for every SoClean or SoClean 2 Go purchased during the month of November and $1 per 10 individuals (up to $2,500) who pledge to take a stand against drowsy driving at http://bit.ly/StopDrowsyDriving. We encourage you to take the pledge, and together we can help make the roads a safer place.

 

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