Sleep Apnea Treatment for CDL Drivers in PA
Sleep for Transportation Workers
Recent studies done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that drowsy driving contributed to 100,000 crashes each year, ultimately killing more than 1500 people and injuring another 71,000. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 20% of serious car crashes involve some type of sleep disorder (not attributable to alcohol). Many accidents that involve the transportation industry (buses, planes, trucks, trains, and boats) have been linked to drowsy operators whose fatigue stemmed from a sleep disorder. Due to those drowsy driving operators many lives have been lost needlessly.
Simply put, identifying and treating those in the transportation industry with sleep disorders would significantly save lives. The first step in this process is to receive a sleep apnea test from a qualified sleep physician like Dr. Jain, who is the board certified sleep specialist here at Westmoreland Sleep Medicine.
At Westmoreland Sleep Medicine, our sleep apnea clinic has taken a special interest in the transportation industry by focusing on the specific occupational needs and its continually changing trends. Having practiced in the field of sleep medicine for over 25 years, Dr. Jain has studied the effects that sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea) and sleep deprivation (from working long hours on an erratic schedule) have on commercial drivers specifically, and all others that are employed in the transportation industry. Due to his findings, he continually stresses to employers in these fields the need to have employees screened for sleep disorders before a serious incident occurs while on the job.
If you’re a transportation worker in need of care from the top sleep doctor Greensburg, PA has to offer, or you’re looking to get your CDL certification, Dr. Jain is ready to help. Schedule your first appointment at Westmoreland Sleep Medicine and get started on your road to better sleep today.
Diagnosis & Treatment for the Transportation Industry
Sleep Apnea & CDL Driver: What’s the Connection?
The most significant and recognized sleep disorder related to drowsy driving is sleep apnea which is defined as “struggling to breathe during sleep”. According to studies sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration and the American Trucking Association, nearly 1.1 million of America’s truck driving population is affected by sleep apnea problems. Despite the facts presented concerning the trucking field, it has been found that sleep apnea increases safety issues and health risks for all those employed in the transportation industry.
Other serious health problems that can be derived from untreated sleep apnea include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Other life threatening diseases
Westmoreland Sleep Medicine has chosen to be proactive by teaming with the transportation industry to educate, screen, diagnose, treat, and provide ongoing support for those identified with sleep disorders. We presently have dedicated several beds at each of our sleep centers for those in the industry diagnosed with sleep issues that require immediate testing and treatment. Both centers are conveniently located (8 - 10 miles) from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and have parking areas that can accommodate most sizes of tractor-trailers.
With this approach, WSM hopes to contribute to the overall safety, health, and well-being of those in the transportation industry so that needless accidents and deaths will be reduced, health care claims will be lowered, and productivity will increase. Our ultimate goal is a safer and healthier transportation industry!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you help me get my Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)?
At Westmoreland Sleep Medicine, we offer comprehensive assessments for commercial driver’s license applicants. Our evaluation includes an in-depth analysis of your sleep history and medical record to determine if you are a safe candidate for the job. If necessary, we can provide recommendations or treatment options that might improve your chances of successfully obtaining a commercial driver’s license.
What are common symptoms of sleep apnea in drivers?
Common symptoms of sleep apnea in drivers include excessive daytime fatigue, difficulty staying alert on the road, slow reaction time, trouble concentrating and memory issues. Additionally, insomnia is a common symptom associated with sleep apnea as well.
Do your sleep apnea doctors near me accept insurance?
Yes, Dr. Jain is in network and accepted by all major health insurers including Highmark BCBS, UPMC, United, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid and Advantra. To view our full list of accepted providers, visit our page, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff with any questions.