Professional Driver, Pilot, and Captain Sleep Wellness Program
The Dept of Transportation realizes that many accidents and mistakes happen due to fatigue and untreated sleep disorders. Recent demographic studies show that more than ⅓ of CDL Truck Drivers have Sleep Apnea and most do not know that they have it. Increasing scrutiny of potentially correctable sleep disorders has been initiated by public safety officials. There are new recommendations from the Dept of Transportation for driver, pilot, and captain evaluations. It appears that most people with DOT certification will need to be screened for sleep disorders and have appropriate treatment of any sleep disorder found to continue DOT or FAA certification. You can maintain DOT certification if a sleep disorder is adequately treated.
If you have any sleepiness or fatigue you will need to discuss sleep testing with your Physician. Even if you have no symptoms but have other risk factors for sleep disorders you will need to be tested. These findings include:
- Neck circumference > 17 inches in diameter in men, >15 inches in diameter in women
- BMI > 35 <see BMI chart>
- Hypertension requiring 2 or more medications
Some Companies require all Drivers, pilots, or captains to be screened and/or tested for Sleep disorders. It is wise to do this on your own and get treatment if needed before you are “forced” to do so by your DOT Physician.
Common Sleep disorders affecting this population are:
- Sleep Deprivation
- Shift Work Syndrome
- Sleep apnea
Untreated Sleep Disorders cause:
- Poor brain function, poor decisions and worse response time
- Increase accidents, deaths, liability
- Poor health- (obesity, Hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes, cancers, infections, depression, dementia, multiple others..)
When we treat sleep disorders adequately our health, performance, and cognition is optimized. Their is no driving or work restrictions when sleep disorders are treated adequately
Please review these 6 sleep topics to complete this Education module
- Expert Sleep Quiz
- Drowsy driving
- Normal sleep
- Sleep deprivation
- Sleep disorders
- Shift Work Syndrome
If you wish to undertake a Home Sleep test or see one of our Sleep Doctors for consultation, please call us for an appointment at 502-963-0487 or contact us.
If You’re Sleepy—Don’t Drive! Driving drowsy is like driving drunk!
A person who is sleepy and drives is at high risk for an automobile crash. Planning ahead may help reduce that risk. For example, the following tips may help when planning a long distance car trip:
- Get a good night’s sleep before leaving.
- Avoid driving between midnight and 7 a.m.
- Change drivers often to allow for rest periods. Nap if tired or sleepy-Don’t drive.
- Schedule frequent breaks.
- Screen for /get an evaluation for a sleep disorder, discuss with your Doctor.
If you’re drowsy driving to or from work on a daily basis, get help!
- Get more sleep, at least 7 hours a night
- Get evaluated for shift work syndrome or other sleep disorders if still tired with 7 hours of sleep
- Pull over and call for help or a ride home, arrange a car pool so you can ride and sleep
- Don’t Drive Drowsy