As a leading transportation company, your organization is committed to keeping your team of drivers─ and other motorists─ safe on the road. At Colorado SleepCenter of the Rockies, we understand the unique stresses that weigh on professional drivers. It’s estimated that 15-20% of all motor vehicle crashes can be traced back to drowsy driving, often caused by a range of sleep disorders.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder that affects an estimated 20 million Americans. It is a leading cause of drowsy driving and it is no doubt a critical public safety issue. It can also cost your organization hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in health care costs, equipment damage and much more.
When you have obstructive sleep apnea, it is caused by the collapsing of the throat during sleep, which in turn blocks your airway and prevents air from getting into the lungs.
The following are common symptoms when sleep apnea is present.
Consider this - individuals with sleep-related disorders have a 3x greater incidence of motor vehicle accidents, than those without. For a transportation company like you, not only does this means huge effects on your bottom line, but it also means your drivers could be a danger to themselves and the general public.
Individuals with OSA also suffer from:
It’s important to note that new compliance recommendations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, will likely require transportation organizations to take on greater responsibility to ensure the health and safety of employees and other motorists.
Proposed requirements from the FMCSA include screening, testing and treatment of OSA for Commercial Motor Vehicle (MCV) drivers. If diagnosed, an individual with OSA be certified to drive CMVs if certain conditions are not met, including:
Meeting these new compliance standards starts with the Sleep Center of the Rockies. Through a collaborative effort between your organization, SleepCenter and your insurance provider, we can develop a comprehensive and cost-effective strategy for managing sleep disorders. Not only will you be giving your employees a better quality of life, it’s makes business sense.
Forget what you’ve heard about other sleep centers. The Sleep Center of the Rockies is not a laboratory; instead we offer a 5-star hotel experience that happens to be staffed by skilled sleep experts and outfitted with superior sleep diagnostics equipment.