Sleep Study

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Before I can go back with Schneider, I have two choices: 1) Get an independent sleep study (Not a problem, except it delays my start date) 2) Get a CPAP machine at my own expense, and get into compliance. (Not a problem, except it also delays my start date) I am not in a category any longer that would flag me for sleep apnea or a sleep study. The thing that flags me is that i had a sleep study in the past and I disclosed that. (It's on my record, they know anyway, better to disclose that up front) Any recommendations about what I should choose? Or about sleep studies in general?)

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Christopher L.'s Comment
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If you have had one I the last, then you know how to work. The problem is if you have sleep apnea then you really just need to get a CPAP. I would go that route of just getting one. I have one and it makes sleeping a world of difference. I cannot sleep without it

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.

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.

Christopher L.'s Comment
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Honestly instead of having a sleep study and potentially having 3 more appointments just to get your CPAP just go get one and cut out the other doctors appointments. I say this because you will have an appointment for the sleep study, another for sleep study with CPAP, then finally one where your CPAP is fitted.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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If you have had one I the last, then you know how to work. The problem is if you have sleep apnea then you really just need to get a CPAP. I would go that route of just getting one. I have one and it makes sleeping a world of difference. I cannot sleep without it

Chris, thanks for the input. There are two results I have seen. 1) Some people like them and swear by the machine 2) Other people hate them and using CPAP makes sleep difficult for them. I have had a CPAP machine and used it. I couldn't sleep with it on. I tossed and turned and watched the clock until my 4 hours were up and then I took it off and slept. So, I see two results: Some drivers benefit from them. Other drivers can't tolerate them. In the latter case, the CPAP makes sleep more difficult. Hence, it's counterproductive. Using the machine makes those drivers sleep deprived. However, the industry likes to pigeon hole drivers with no option to individually choose their best option . Either way, I will accept the machine and try to adapt if the potential sleep study indicates I need one.

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Nathan S.'s Comment
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I'm a newer driver and just went through the sleep study and CPAP machine situation in the last few months. I hear what you're saying about the machine but I will tell you that in the last few years technology has gotten better and there are so many more mask options. If you do actually have sleep apnea , the health benefits FAR outweigh some discomfort or frustrations with a mask. Like most things in life, you can get used to it if you stick with it. Find a mask that works for you. Find a machine that is programmed to YOUR needs. Mine constantly changed the air pressure as my body needs more force or less force throughout the night. Your heart health and physical well-being depend on you treating the main issue of apnea.

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.

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.

Andrey's Comment
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Quite a few years ago my wife told me that I stop breathing at night and then try to catch up. Not a big deal, I always woke alive in the morning :-) But she insisted, I had a sleep study and was given a CPAP machine. It was a nightmare, I honestly tried for two weeks, but couldn't sleep with that mask and hose. And at some point my sleep got back to normal a few years ago. So if this machine helps someone, it is good for him, but I cannot understand how an employer can tell someone to use it. Will they tell next time which tooth brush to use?

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.
Christopher L.'s Comment
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I will swear by them to be honest. I work at a hospital we had a doctor die becĂ use he refused to wear his and ended up being oxygen depleted until his organs failed. He was morbidly obese so that has a lot to do with why he could not breath and needed one, but either way I have to use one to sleep now

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Harvey C.'s Comment
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As Christopher said, there is much better equipment options than years ago.

There are some things you can do very cheaply to just check out for a night or two that might be helpful in making a decision on what route to take. This is extremely inexpensive and would probably require you to tape it onto a finger and you must have your phone on nearby so that it's connected via bluetooth and recording your oxygen saturation level: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B087Q724QM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I got this because I would sometimes wake up from naps with a headache. Yup, my oxygen level sometimes drops within minutes of falling asleep.

I started using a CPAP over 10 years ago but gave up because it was too difficult to sleep with. After being tested again in 2017 and seeing the damage sleep apnea did to my father, I decided to spend more time investigating equipment options. Even though I felt very rested after the night of my 2017 sleep study, I already knew there were better equipment options than what the doctor was trying to sell me. I rarely am disturbed by wearing my Resmed P20 mask, many swear by the P10 mask.

I suggest you check out equipment reviews and suggestions at the apneaboard forum. There are numerous people that volunteer their time in helping people get the equipment that's best for them.

The night before last I did tear off my mask. I didn't know until I woke up several hours later that we were experiencing a power outage.

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.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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