Sleep – how important is it to you and those around you?

According to the American Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. About 20% admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point in the past year – with more than 40% admitting this has happened at least once in their driving careers.
These startling figures show how prevalent drowsy driving is. What drivers may not realize is how much drowsy driving puts themselves – and others – at risk.

This sleep habits assessment tool, developed by Web MD, might help better profile your current sleep structure.

Cottingham and Butler – Driver Fatigue – Awareness training for the CMV driver

The following presentation on fatigue has been designed and presented by an industry leader in risk management.
The presentation includes videos and easy to read bullet points and content that will help the commercial driver better understand the impact of fatigue

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea: is a condition caused by many short interruptions in breathing at night, preventing restorative sleep. High blood pressure, obesity, and heart attack or stroke are associated with sleep apnea.

  • If you have sleep apnea you are 7 times more likely to fall asleep while driving if you do not get it diagnosed
  • 1/3 CMV drivers have mild to severe sleep apnea
  • You can continue driving as long as your sleep apnea is successfully treated  and under control
  • How to plan for a sleep study:
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Do not drink caffeinated beverages beforehand.
  • Continue to take your medicine as prescribed.
  • Show up with clean hair and skin. Do not put conditioners or sprays into your hair. These can affect your test results.


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What to Expect:

  • This is a non-invasive test.
  • When arriving you will be escorted to your room and someone will be there to answer any questions you may have.
  • Electrodes will be placed on your scalp, face, chest, limb, and finger. Electrodes are sticky patches and sensors.
  • Your brain activity, eye movement, heart rate and rhythm, and oxygen levels are then recorded while you are sleeping.
  • Elastic belts will measure the strength and duration of inhaled and exhaled breaths. The belts will be placed on your chest and abdomen.
  • The results will then be evaluated.
  • The first half is spent determining whether you have met the criteria for CPAP therapy. If the criteria are met you then will undergo CPAP therapy.
  • Once you are determined to need CPAP therapy the doctor will adjust the pressure setting of the CPAP to accommodate your needs and see how your body reacts to the changes.
  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the most effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
  • A CPAP creates pressure which allows your airways to stay open and you are able to breathe normally.
  • Your sleep study will then be sent to a board-certified sleep physician for interpretation.
  • An in center sleep study can cost between $500-$3000.


Terms worth Knowing:

  • OSA-Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • AHI-Apnea Hypopnea Index
  • CPAP-Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • EEG-Electroencephalogram


What to Expect when using an at-home sleep study:

  • Most at home study kits are the size of a telephone handset.
  • The at-home sleep study measures the same things as the sleep study in your doctor’s office but you get to do it in the comfort of your own home.
  • You will have to be able to hook up the machine to yourself. The sensors are placed on your mouth, nose, chest, abdomen, and to your fingertip.
  • An at-home sleep study can be ordered through your doctor.
  • A patient would sleep with the machine 1-3 nights.
  • You then send the machine back to the diagnostic lab to be interpreted.
  • It generally costs between $150-$500. Often times this cost can be covered by medical insurance.


Care Tips for your CPAP:

Cleaning CPAP

  • Place mask (remove headgear), tubing, and water chamber in a large container.
  • Fill with warm water and mild dishwashing soap.
  • Wash mask, water chamber, and tubing.
  • Air dry on a clean towel.
  • Hang tubing to dry.
  • Wipe down outside of CPAP and headgear for a mask with baby wipes or alcohol-free wipes.
  • Wash filter and air dry.


Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • Wipe mask with non-alcohol wipes daily
  • Wash filter daily.
  • Sanitize your mask, tubing, and water chamber weekly with a 10 to 1 solution of water and white vinegar.
  • Soak for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
  • Clean silicone seals weekly.
  • Seals are between and water chamber and the CPAP.
  • Dry completely before reinserting and make sure seals are lined up with grooves to assure they will not leak.
  • NEVER use harsh cleaners such as bleach or disinfectants.


Suggested Replacement Cycle

  • Mask-every 3 months
  • Filter-monthly
  • Tubing-every 3 months
  • Cushions/pillows-monthly
  • Headgear-6 months