Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Health-Related Factors, and Long Distance Heavy Vehicle Crashes in Western
Long-haul truck drivers diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea were more than three times more likely to be involved in a crash, according to an Australian study in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The risk of crash was even higher among truck drivers who reported a diagnosis of depression or had not completed fatigue management training. A commentary notes that the study has methodological limitations but also significant strengths.
The results suggest that more rigorous screening and subsequent treatment of OSA and depression by clinicians as well as compulsory fatigue management training may reduce crashes among heavy vehicle drivers.