Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is a commonly seen form of sleep disturbance where the airway collapses during sleep, usually as a result of heavy weight squeezing down the airway, effectively preventing the person from reaching the REM scene of sleep under which the body rejuvenates and fills , which results in the person waking up from bed the next day feels as tired as they did the night before. This is a major problem in the entire truck industry regarding the safety of lorry drivers as well as the general public, given that a drowsy or tired driver can not drive the vehicle safely with the awareness required to do so. Going straight next to this is an increased frequency of disputes that are referred to trucks who have had a driver involved in an accident where the driver suffers from undiagnosed sleep apnea or the driver is not properly controlled to ensure effective treatment is administered to control their sleep apnea. The results of these cases have varied from relatively small fines and penalties to several billion dollar settlements according to the case at the end of 2012, where a court ruled that a company's negligence in driving drivers to be tested and treated for sleep apnea resulted in an accident such as involved a driver who fell asleep after the wheel with the cruise control involved, slammed into the back of stopped traffic on a highway and killed the father of a family of three children and wife. If this company had taken a more proactive approach to addressing the need for sleep disturbance testing and implemented a well-managed program, the likelihood of an accident as tragic as this might have been significantly reduced, reducing the father's life and, less importantly, a significant amount of money for the company.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, OSA is mainly a result of the airway being forced to close due to excessive pressure pressing it during sleep. This makes it easy to understand why the proportion of people suffering from OSA increases almost linearly as weight gain, with the severely overweight (BMI> 50) suffering from some level of sleep apnea about 95% of the time. The correlation between OSA and obesity is indisputable, much like the rate at which obesity also suffers from a number or combination of chronic diseases such as hypertension, type II diabetes and many heart disease. What this corresponds to in the eyes of people's resources and security staff, consistently increases the overall costs of healthcare. The longer as someone continues with undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea, the greater the risk of developing other diseases, which can lead to more expenses incurred by the company in the health care costs, which causes caregivers to raise interest rates across the board to cover costs. Early diagnosis and effective treatment of OSA may in some cases greatly reduce the risk or even prevent the occurrence of other conditions such as hypertension or type II diabetes and in case of late diagnosis proper treatment can help stabilize other diseases that the person already can suffer from, with the aim of avoiding suffering from additional health costs.
Now that you see how a well-implemented sleep disorder program can save your company significant amounts of money to avoid litigation and help reduce overall healthcare costs, let's examine how a sleep program can actually make your business money and let you See a return on your investment. The old saying "A healthy worker is a happy worker and a happy worker is a productive worker" can not stand faster than it does when it comes to successful management of sleep disorders. To get enough sleep is the cornerstone of being able to perform daily tasks and work requirements to the level expected from your employer. Studies conducted to understand the relationship between sleep and neurological abilities have shown that a person who has not slept in a 24-hour period has the same reaction and neurological ability as in an individual with an alcoholic level of blood of 08% or legal limit to still drive a vehicle. As previously mentioned, untreated OSA prevents an individual from reaching the REM scene in sleep or the depth stage where the body effectively shuts off to rejuvenate. So, a person suffering from untreated OSA, even if it is not so difficult to be awake in a 24-hour period, will still suffer in its cognitive ability due to lack of sleep and because this is happening night after night, the problem begins to compress resulting in a less efficient and productive worker.