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Frequently Asked Questions:
Does DOT require sleep apnea testing?
Your DOT medical examiner may require you to have testing if you meet criteria such as a neck circumference of 17" or more, severe obesity, uncontrolled high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, chronic snoring, or a history of a motor vehicle accident due to falling asleep.
Why does the DOT and FMCSA care about sleep apnea in truck drivers?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is causes poor quality sleep due to frequent brain awakenings. When untreated, the disorder is associated with up to a five times increased risk of motor vehicles accidents. Obviously, this is a public health when driving a CMV.
Can you get a medical card with sleep apnea?
Yes, if you show that you are compliant with using a CPAP machine at least 4 hours a night during a 30-day period and hitting that 4 hour mark at least 70% of the days (21 days).