Got To Get A Sleep Study Done

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Mr. C.-

I use the same one. I feel so rested after my use.

Rainy -

I'm sorry you lost your dreams. Have you tried the nasal pillow style? I know you don't have a beard, but it is less of a problem with this then the other masks I tried. At least you have lost your knack for writing your articles, they are a very valuable resource here at TT. Thanks for them. I will invest in the cleaning machine after a couple of paychecks.

Jamie-

Try as many masks as they are available. But Mr. C. and I do like the nasal pillow style, but I have been using mine since June.

Jamie's Comment
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I called to have one setup, they are currently figuring out a date. She said they only do two sleep studies out of the West Memphis OC a week so it might be after the holidays. She seemed very surprised that I didn't get mad, I was like yeah I'm a very understanding person. rofl-1.gif

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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The nasal pillow was the first one i tried. thanks... and thanks for the writing compliment

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Jamie's Comment
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Well I had to call into my OC since I got a pre-assignment and the lady I talked to said if I can't get it done within the next day or two that I will need to clean my truck out and I guess I'll get another one after it's done.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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That's a bummer Jamie. I would have thought they would have given you a chance to get the study done first but I guess they need to keep those trucks moving. Good luck and hope all goes ok.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kurt G.'s Comment
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Any word on why he wanted the sleep study done? Do you fit the metrics usually used neck size 17 inches and BMI 35?

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My neck size is about 14 inches give or take, I am over weight so that is probably another concern. When I went on for my 30-45 day evaluation I had to do a sleep study questionnaire. So the answers I provided probably gave them a reason to give me one. As I have gotten 3 DOT 2 year medical cards in the last year, one for my taxi permit, one for when I got to the trucking school, and one for when I got to Schneider.

So the sleep study questionnaire is probably the main reason.

I think what they do is that they aren't as strict on the guidelines at your initial physical because the Schneider insurance covers 100% of the testing and cpap machine and supplies, but the insurance coverage doesn't kick in until, what is it, 90 days? So I think they reevaluate drivers after they are insured instead of sticking you with the bill before you are even hired for certain, which is pretty cool

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Rainy, I have chronic sinusitis, and experience your situation frequently as well. Something I do when I'm congested before Racktime, is put just a dab of mentholatum beneath my nostrils before putting on The masks I guess it's kind of the same thing as what's the teenagers do when they go to a rave. If you are using the nasal pillows, I don't think you can do that, the manufacturer recommends not putting mentholatum inside the nose anymore. I grew up doing it as a kid, so maybe that's why I've got the sinus problems? But, the mentholatum seems to help clear the sinuses enough to breathe. Cesar not inexpensive, but the dental Appliance may be an option for you, but not sure.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Thanks. I was sleeping for awhile with the vicks vapor rub lid open and outside my air filters. it seemed to work a bit. thats hard to do while teaming lol. everything goes flying when students back up

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Take Chantix, you'll have lots of dreams. Some really weird ones, but definitely lots of dreams

Jamie's Comment
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Well I started my sleep study yesterday and finished this morning, the lady at Schneider said based off the results I have a mild case of sleep apnea and got fit with a mask, etc.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

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