Sleep Apnea Symptoms Under-reported by Commercial Drivers

A recent study found that commercial drivers with sleep apnea under-scored their sleepiness level for fear of losing their jobs.  The drivers received less treatment with their CPAP machines but had more visits to the clinic for treatment of their symptoms.

Lead author, Dr. Werner Strobel from University Hospital, Switzerland, said: “Our study suggests that commercial drivers are playing down their levels of sleepiness for fear of losing their jobs. Although this is very difficult to prove, both the group of drivers and the group of non-drivers began the study with a similar number of disturbances during the night. You would therefore expect their reports of sleepiness to be similar to begin with, however the drivers estimated their levels of sleepiness as lower than the non-drivers. This pattern continued throughout the course of the study, with drivers reporting lower symptoms, yet receiving less treatment and making more unscheduled visits to the clinic.

AlphaGalileo Foundation reports from European Lung Foundation , read the full article

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