Quick Question In Regard To Sleep Study / Cpap

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Will H.'s Comment
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So ive been reading a few different post about getting a sleep study done at your physical if they deem it necessary. Im 6'0 and about 300, so im sure my BMI is shot to hell (Ive been working on it i swear :D )

So point is, I actually had a sleep study done a few years ago, was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and suggested a cpap. At the time I chose to not go that route and instead changed my sleeping habits (different bed type, position etc) which helped my sleep a lot.

So should I give them this info straight up or let them diagnose me themselves or what?

Thanks all ^_^

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.

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.
David A.'s Comment
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Seems like they're going to have you test. If they don't ask, I don't see the point in telling them about a few years old result. Just work with their current finding.

But if they do ask just tell them.

David's Comment
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So ive been reading a few different post about getting a sleep study done at your physical if they deem it necessary. Im 6'0 and about 300, so im sure my BMI is shot to hell (Ive been working on it i swear :D )

So point is, I actually had a sleep study done a few years ago, was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and suggested a cpap. At the time I chose to not go that route and instead changed my sleeping habits (different bed type, position etc) which helped my sleep a lot.

So should I give them this info straight up or let them diagnose me themselves or what?

Thanks all ^_^

theres a thin line between being truthful and not saying anything if not asked... I like the "not asked, dont tell"

BMI is crap. Im 6'2" at 280 and am considered Obese... Im the healthiest i've been in years and they consider it obese... To me Obese is someone hitting the 320+ mark. or look like they are smuggling 10 turkeys under their shirts...

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.

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.
Ken P.'s Comment
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I completely agree with David on the BMI. When I was deployed in Iraq, I was working out 3 times a day. I was running a 2 mile in 13:50 and benching 345, best shape of my life and I'm 5'8" and was 212 lbs. The Army said I was at 24% body fat and borderline obese. I took off my shirt and was asking with my squad leader "You're saying 1/4 of my body is fat? Where?". The BMI is not an accurate test. Water displacement or calipers are far more accurate. I'm no where near that fit anymore but I completely see your point. Hang in there brother!

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.

Old School's Comment
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Will, I wouldn't even bother with giving the information - I'm pretty sure you will have to undergo the sleep study. You will for sure have to do it if you give them the information you gave us. It will not matter one whit to them about the efforts you have taken to help yourself sleep better. I hope it isn't a deal breaker for you, but you are going to more than likely have to be sleep tested.

I will tell you this Will, I have a good friend who went to trucking school with me, and he had to go through all this and ended up with a CPAP machine. Werner paid for the machine and deducted small payments from his paycheck until he got it paid. But the main thing I want to stress is that he had no idea he had any kind of sleep issues. But after using the machine his overall health improved dramatically, he started losing weight, hi metabolism kicked into high gear and he said he never felt better or had more energy in his life.

So, for what it's worth, sometimes this is real game changer for people in a very positive way.

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.

Will H.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone! I think im just gonna do as suggested and keep me mouth shut lol! Ill just let what happens happen and roll with it as it comes.

Ive only known one or two peeps who used a cpap and they never had good things to say on it so *shrug*

Thanks for the insight!

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.

Jonathon H.'s Comment
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Will, I hear ya. I went to the DOT doc and passed everything. Text book vitals, perfect vision, perfect hearing but wait your fat you need a sleep study. I ended up with a cpap machine, lucky my insurance with my prior job was still good. Went through it all. Make sure you use it every day for at least 4 hours. After about two weeks, you need a doc to read a compliance report from someone normally sleep study doc and of you have 70% compliance you get a one year card every year. Bad part, you need a truck with an inverter and apu so you can run this thing while you sleep. I had bought one that could run it by plugging it into the cig lighter and woke to a dead truck.

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.

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.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Will H.'s Comment
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From my understanding, Prime's rigs have apu's installed on them. Since they would be issuing the cpap (through the medical office they use for the study) im sure that they get you the ability to power it lol.

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.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APU's:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

David's Comment
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Generally speaking, if you require a cpap , the company that hires you will probably put an inverter in for you to use. Im not 100% on this, I know a few drivers at swift had this option when I went through Orientation with them.

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.

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