Sleep Apnea Solutions for Changing Industry RulesWith the passage of a new law to require trucking companies to provide sleep disorder screenings, testing and treatment opportunities for drivers, sleep apnea has become a much-discussed topic in the transportation industry. 

Sleep Apnea Solutions for Changing Industry Rules

10.29.14

Sleep Apnea Solutions for Changing Industry RulesWith the passage of a new law to require trucking companies to provide sleep disorder screenings, testing and treatment opportunities for drivers, sleep apnea has become a much-discussed topic in the transportation industry.

A study sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that almost one-third of commercial truck drivers suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person has one or more pauses in breathing while sleeping. These pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, causing sleep disruption and lack of deep, quality sleep. As a result, sleep apnea sufferers are usually more tired during the day. In fact, the NIH states sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

This is cause for concern for many over-the-road drivers, who can suffer from road fatigue and increased sleepiness, putting themselves and others at risk of accident or injury.

That’s why Comdata offers driver health solutions to promote safety, productivity, retention and wellbeing among drivers while reducing healthcare costs and employer liability.  We have partnered with Sleep Access to provide testing and wellness plans to reduce the risk of development of sleep apnea, as well as treatment options for those already diagnosed with the disorder. From individual testing to nationwide screenings, we can provide solutions for any sized fleet to assist with meeting the new governmental regulations for driver health.

For more information on Comdata’s sleep apnea solutions, visit our website or contact us today at 1.800.749.7107.