Good Eats and Sleeps09/12/2010
Sleep apnea is the trucking issue getting the most attention these last few months.
As you can read in the current December print issue of Today's Trucking, U.S. regulators recognize undiagnosed OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) as being a growing problem and plan to address it with a regulatory pen. Canada, it's said, will have little choice but to draft a "Made in Canada" version that passes muster with the Americans.
In all likelihood, ongoing treatment for OSA could be required to keep your CDL. There are several options, but the most mainstream right now is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. They're supposed to be effective, but can be bulky and uncomfortable for many people.
Upon seeing one next to his grandfather's bed, my five-year old asked his nonno why he "sleeps with a vacuum cleaner on his face."
Luckily, for more moderate, manageable forms of OSA, dieting and healthy eating can go a long way -- something truckers should try, with or without sleep disorders.
According to a recent Harvard Medical School study , sleeping and eating are intricately intertwined in shaping truckers' health. Addressing one aspect of your lifestyle, greatly improves the other:
In surveys of truckers working at U.S. trucking terminals, those who felt they regularly got adequate sleep tended to consume more fruits and vegetables and fewer sugary drinks and snacks, Dr. Orfeu M. Buxton, at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues found.
These real-world findings are consistent with laboratory studies showing that insufficient sleep increases hunger and "induces greater eating, especially unnecessary snacking," Buxton noted in an email to Reuters Health