Snoring can make for a bad night’s sleep for anyone in hearing distance of a snorer, but when the cause of the snoring is because of sleep apnea it’s the sign of a bigger problem. More often than not we assume that pesky snoring is just standard snoring, but that’s not always the case. Most commonly, snoring occurs when air can’t move freely through the nose and throat during sleep, is exacerbated when allergies irritate and swell the upper airway and causes congestion, increases when a person is particularly fatigued, or can even be because of the position they are sleeping in. However, there are many instances when snoring is a real medical concern.
As a professional in the medical field, you know that even though there are “common” reasons for snoring, in truth, it is actually not normal to snore at all. Snoring, no matter the cause, signals that something is wrong with the way a person is breathing during sleep.
Over the long term, unchecked sleep apnea can lead to many different serious medical problems, such as stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and more. For the long-haul truck driver with inconsistent sleep patterns and a sedentary lifestyle, sleep apnea can be especially deadly.
At the National Academy of DOT Medical Examiners, we recognize the serious health hazard sleep apnea is for CDL drivers and have developed a training course to help you better detect potential sleep apnea and to offer you solutions to treat those affected. As a special offer, you can now receive our OSA training free when you register for the NADME online DOT Medical NRCME Training Course. This is a $149 savings, but is priceless when it comes to the value it adds to your experience and the service and assistance you can offer your patients.