Industrial Sleep Education
Industrial sleep education is becoming a more prevalent and useful tool which companies are utilizing. We are seeing industrial sleep education more so in the trucking industry and rightfully so, truck drivers with sleep apnea have up to a 7-fold increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash, along with truck drivers sedentary lifestyle they are more prone to have OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) and there for require more industrial sleep education than others. Most industrial jobs have higher risk for employees prone to sleep apnea, which can lead to other health issues if untreated. Experts say shift workers are often hardest hit by sleep problems. Their biological clocks are confused, and when they try to get shuteye while the rest of the world is active, they can get disturbed by neighborhood noises, phone calls, kids at home, or a ringing doorbell. Overall industrial sleep education can do nothing but good for the workers of the company as well as the company themselves, the better educated the employee the safer the individual and industry around them. Having educated workers can increase company moral, as well as produce a higher retention rate of drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier has settled on a few key points when screening truck drivers for sleep apnea. These key points qualify the truck driver for being at a higher risk factor, having a Body Mass Index of 35 or higher, and reports of excessive daytime sleepiness. Risk factors associated with OSA are loud snoring, morning headaches, high blood pressure, being over weight (BMI of >35), neck size of 17 inches or bigger. Aeroflow Industrial Clinics can help a company design a screening, testing, treatment and compliance management program for sleep disorders as part of industrial sleep education.