Snoring may signal an underlying health problem as it is a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is the temporary partial or total collapse of the upper airway during sleep. The duration could last for seconds to minutes depending on severity of the medical condition. This temporary pause could interrupt sleep and decrease its quality causing daytime sleepiness, irritability, and poor concentration. It was found out that truck drivers are prone to develop such conditions. The Department of Transportation has required a sleep test done to examine risks of truck drivers for accidents on the road. Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants aim to keep the road safe by promoting truck driver health according to DOT regulations.
The sleep apnea test for DOT physical examination is required in order to assess a truck driver's health condition. See DOT sleep apnea guidelines at dotsleepregulations.com. If you suspect yourself suffering from sleep apnea, you should definitely check it out with Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants' free sleep test to be sure. By knowing more about your health status, you can stay ahead of the problem and make well informed decisions. Sleep apnea is always a serious medical condition that should be address as soon as possible. Leaving it untreated could lead to irreversible complications such as acquiring hypertension and diabetes as examples. Sleep apnea can be categorized into Obstructive sleep apnea and Central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is any form of mechanical obstruction in the airway. This can be partial or complete temporary obstruction that affects air exchange. Central sleep apnea is caused by a disorder in the central nervous system breathing regulation. Obstructive sleep apnea is a much more common disorder and can be influenced heavily by lifestyle. For truck drivers who have a BMI of 35 and greater, the risk of sleep apnea is increased. A present condition of hypertension, diabetes, and any lung diseases may also lead to sleep apnea. It can occur in any age, sex, and ethnicity.
However, sleep apnea is more common in males especially above 40. Sleep apnea causes snoring and puts people at risk of developing heart problems. The temporary pause in air exchange increases the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the body. It also leads to heart beating in an unsynchronized rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. Another complication of untreated sleep apnea includes heart attacks. Sleep apnea can leave the person feel they are not receiving adequate rest even after several hours of night's sleep. These pauses could occur for up to 30 times an hour depending on the severity. Each pause can reset a person's sleep cycle from deep sleep to light sleep. Only reaching the deep sleep stage will a person feel the restorative function of sleep. To get more info about sleep apnea and how a free sleep study from Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants could help, check out its website dotsleepregulations.com. Visit the site now and get access to a free sleep test kit delivered straight to your home anywhere in the US.
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