I Am Uncomfortable Taking An On-site Sleep Study-I Already Have 2 Year Medical Card

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Ralph D.'s Comment
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I also don't sleep on a bed, I have slept in a hammock for years and really don't sleep well on a bed anymore.

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How are you planning on accomplishing this on a semi? I have seen drivers string a hammock beneath a trailer before.

I have thought long and hard about that. Honestly I think its the angle that does it for me. I thought maybe one of those triangular pillows might work, but thats the only decent idea I've had so far.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I just measured my 2019 KW T680 bottom bunk area, and the area between each side is 87", or 7' 3" in width.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I just measured my 2019 KW T680 bottom bunk area, and the area between each side is 87", or 7' 3" in width.

PackRat, I'm assuming your 87" is straight across. You can stretch a few more inches if you go diagonally from the back corner towards the back of your cabinets on the other side. But in a company truck you know you'll have to jury rig the hanging points since you can't drill holes in the truck walls and such.

PackRat's Comment
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Of course. There will be exactly 5 more inches gained (total of 92") diagonally going to the brackets for the top bunk, which are sturdy enough for a hammock.

Ralph D.'s Comment
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Thank you for the measurements gentlemen, also good to hear there are some possible attachment points. Definitely figured that was going to be an issue with not wanting to damage/alter the truck. At home its attached to the wall with 3ft of 2X6 and six 4in lag bolts on either side, certainly not possible in a truck! haha.

But now i'm hijacking the thread, my apologizes.

Priscilla W.'s Comment
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I love the hammock idea. I have never thought of sleeping in one full time, but I bet it’s really nice. I bet u could get some kind of stand maybe to string it up??

Marc Lee's Comment
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Let's see now...

State Waiver for INTRA-State Commerce (good enough for CDL School).

1 year Fed. Med. with MCSA-5870 form and 90-days of testing 3x/day (rules changed while in school!)

New exam after 3 weeks training with J.B Hunt, and minor injury with a few days off... couldn't get new Fed. Med. because not testing 3x/day.

Prostate Cancer surgery... 6 weeks no lifting over 10 pounds new Fed. Med...

Schneider... new Fed. Med.. Their in-house examiner...

Veriha wanted a new one, couldn't get anyone to sign new MCSA-5870. Their 3rd-party company approved my current Fed. Med.. Wasn't there long enough (7 weeks) to know if they might have wanted their own further down the road or not.

Lost about 45 pounds, no longer on insulin!

Have had 3 sleep studies (decades ago). Tried and never made it through the night with a mask on. Schneider examiner said "15 1/2 inches... PERFECT neck size!" I used to buy 17 - 17.5" collar dress shirts!

Hang in there! Do what you gotta do!

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  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

Priscilla W.'s Comment
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I did the sleep study. It wasn’t much fun. I had zero apnea’s, but they still managed to diagnose mild sleep apnea because my breathing slowed 8 times per hour....probably because I was SLEEPING. Anyway, don’t need a machine, but have to pay them 250$ and still got a 2 year medical card....and the best part is I NEVER have to do that again!

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I did the sleep study. It wasn’t much fun. I had zero apnea’s, but they still managed to diagnose mild sleep apnea because my breathing slowed 8 times per hour....probably because I was SLEEPING. Anyway, don’t need a machine, but have to pay them 250$ and still got a 2 year medical card....and the best part is I NEVER have to do that again!

A little piece of advice..... dont weight or many companies will require it. i tested negative and 2 yrs later gained weight... had to re test... now have the machine. if you can lose weight before that next physical do it just in case.

good luck. i responded to you. go check. 😁 and thanks for asking.

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.

Turtle Protege (formerly 's Comment
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Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me

Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare.

Glad to hear you don't have to use one of those horrible CPAP machines.

That has been one of my biggest concerns. I lost weight specifically to avoid it.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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