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David L.'s Comment
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Hello fellow drivers,

I have been considering going with Prime and had a question about them for anyone with knowledge about them. I have heard that Prime is checking people for sleep apnea issues during the company physical. Now I don't have sleep apnea and my wife of 6 years can verify this but I am a big guy and I wonder if that will bite me in the butt as far as the doc asking me to get a sleep study done cause there is no way I can fork over 500-1000 dollars for something like that and just say worst case scenario I am told I do have sleep apnea and need a cpap machine there is no way I can afford that either. If that were to happen would I be disqualified from prime? Thats a long bus ride home if so. I recently went to the doctor for the DOT physical and everything checked out good, all areas were in the normal ranges. Thanks for any info offered. Have a good day.

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.

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.

Houkie's Comment
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If you do need to be tested and if you have to get a CPAP machine, those expenses are deducted from your paychecks in weekly installments. You don't have to pay up front.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Not only can you afford it if they take it out in payments, but if you do have sleep apnea you can't afford not to know it. From numerous accounts I've read, being diagnosed with and treated for sleep apnea is life-changing in a big way. So you would definitely want to know if you have it.

I would speak with Prime's recruiters and get the straight scoop. Last I had heard they check anyone with a BMI of 39 or greater. There are a lot of BMI calculators online to figure out yours if you Google 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.

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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The straight scoop is this, yes they do take the cost out in payments.

My current student has sleep apnea , has the CPAP machine. All the costs of the study and the machine are being taken out of his pay weekly. So it does make it a little more affordable.

And yes, Brett hit the nail on the head (as usual) about the benefits of knowing and the help for everything in your life once you know and have the ability to improve your life. I have had the opportunity to have talks with my student about how it has helped him now that he is using the machine. The jest of the conversation is that he feels so much better, more awake during his awake times etc.

I will let him know about this thread (he is a member, but has not posted yet).

Ernie

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Houkie's Comment
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I just found out last night that someone I know died in his sleep. The factor the docs believe caused it? Sleep apnea. He had it BAD. He was only in his 40s. So if you do have it, you WANT to know about it and get help for it now. Everyone I know who's ever used a CPAP machine raves about the difference it makes. It might be a hassle to get used to (and expensive too) but it's worth it in the long run.

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.

David L.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the replies fellow drivers. I appreciate the info. Been out of the OTR game for a few years and Prime seems like a good company to get hired on with. Submitted my app and just waiting on the background stuff to go through. Be safe out there.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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