Jan 14

Driving a commercial truck is without a doubt one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. I read an article recently that called the occupation a “sweatshop on wheels”. The author noted that many truckers are forced to go from one job to another, often driving straight through the night with little to no sleep. When you couple that with the sedentary nature of the job, the result is usually a trucker that is overweight and fatigued. In a recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (March 2009), Philip Parks, MD, MPH said, “It is well-known that obesity, a leading risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea, is on the rise in the United States. Truck drivers with sleep apnea have up to a 7-fold increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash.”

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