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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I have conditional offers to drive for four companies. My first choice is Schneider. But my hold up is the sleep apnea test. I went to our local sleep clinic Sunday night and have not received the results as of Saturday. I called the sleep clinic twice last week to see if I could get the results expeditated, but it seems the doctor who evaluates the test results is very slow.

If I test positive, I will get a CPAP machine. That should settle any issue Schneider has.

My questions are these: If i test negative, will ABCDEFG, etc. trucking company require their own sleep study? What standards are the large companies required to impose? Has the government tightened up on their requirements? What companies are the most lenient in regard to sleep studies?

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

PackRat's Comment
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It's all going to come down to the feeling of whoever performs the company physical during orientation. If that person thinks you fit the profile for the apnea risks, more than likely you will be flagged for a sleep study.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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It's all going to come down to the feeling of whoever performs the company physical during orientation. If that person thinks you fit the profile for the apnea risks, more than likely you will be flagged for a sleep study.

Hey, PackRat. My question is this: If my independent sleep study comes back negative, will companies require their own study?

I'm prepared to get a CPAC machine if required but I get the point from other posters that it may take additional time because of CPAP equipment shortage.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Individual companies, using their own medical examiners....It could go either way.

There are questions on the medical form:

"Have you ever been recommended to undergo a sleep study?"

"Do you now, or have you in the past, been prescribed a CPAP machine for periods of sleep?"

"Have you been diagnosed with Sleep 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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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It's all going to come down to the feeling of whoever performs the company physical during orientation. If that person thinks you fit the profile for the apnea risks, more than likely you will be flagged for a sleep study.

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My DOT physical did not flag me for sleep apnea. My BP was good. BMI was good. My concern is that I had a sleep study with Schneider in the past. Every company I've talked to has asked me about this. I haven't lied about this, but it seems to be a big issue. I'm ready and wiling to get CPAC compliant, but it seems like it will be a big waiting period to get the CPAC machine. I'm going to wait on Schneider until I get this resolved.

Are there any companies that are more relaxed about this issue?

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.

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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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"Are there any companies more relaxed?"

Perhaps. There are more than 150,000 trucking companies in the USA. As far as the bigger carriers, insurance companies dictate a lot of the policies, as well as the ambulance-chasing vermin attorneys seeking a large payday.

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