Sleep Apnea & Job Performance

Sleep deprivation is common in both individuals with sleep disorders and those that work shift work, affecting job performance.  In many cases, individuals working shift work also have very demanding jobs requiring absolute accuracy. A well respected local Sleep Specialist, Dr. Harvey Moldofsky, testified in Court that a nurse that mistakenly injected an 11 month–old infant with two fatal doses of morphine, may have had impaired judgement, due to her constantly changing sleep schedule.  Dr. Moldofsky said that he felt it was his “civil responsibility” to share his knowledge about the affect shift work has on an individual’s ability to perform their job. Sleep Apnea can be easily treated through a variety of therapies; so, there is no reason to live with Sleep Deprivation.

Driving & Sleep Apnea

A Stanford University study found that 78% of 159 commercial truckers tested suffered from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is three times higher than in the general population.

The National Sleep Foundation has identified commercial truck drivers among its top five groups of people at risk of falling asleep while driving.

With regards to Truck accidents citing sleepiness, fatigue was a primary cause in 31 percent of accidents studied in which the trucker died.

Another study investigated 107 single-vehicle accidents in which the driver survived and discovered that 58% were related to fatigue-with 18% of the drivers admitting they had fallen completely asleep. The drivers in this sample had obtained only 5.5 hours of sleep during their preceding sleep periods: 2.5 hours less than the average reported by truckers with non-fatigue related accidents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has estimated that up to 200,000 motor vehicle accidents per year may be sleep-related.

One of every five drivers admits to having fallen asleep at least once behind the wheel, and 69% of motorists report drowsiness while driving.

Various studies have associated OSA with up to a 12-fold increased incidence of motor vehicle accidents. A British study showed that 93% of sleep apneics were at fault in one or more accidents.

The significance of these figures is increased by the fact that truck drivers have the highest on-the-job mortality rate of any profession!

Sleep Apnea and Driving SIMPLY DON’T MIX!

 John Viviano B.Sc. DDS Diplomate ABDSM; obtained his credentials from U of T in 1983, he provides conservative therapy for snoring and sleep apnea in his Clinic Limited to the Management of Breathing Related Sleep Disorders. A member of various sleep organizations, he is a Credentialed Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and has lectured internationally regarding management of Sleep-Disordered Breathing and the use of Acoustic Reflection. Dr Viviano has also conducted original research, authored articles and established   protocols on the use of Acoustic Reflection for assessing the Upper Airway and its Normalization.

John Viviano B.Sc. DDS Diplomate ABDSM

John Viviano B.Sc. DDS Diplomate ABDSM

John Viviano B.Sc. DDS Diplomate ABDSM; from Mississauga ON Canada,obtained his credentials from U of T in 1983, he provides conservative therapy for snoring and sleep apnea and Sleep Bruxism in his clinic, Limited to the Management of Breathing Related Sleep Disorders. A member of various sleep organizations, he is a Credentialed Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and has lectured internationally regarding management of Sleep-Disordered Breathing and the use of Acoustic Reflection. Dr Viviano has also conducted original research, authored articles and established protocols on the use of Acoustic Reflection for assessing the Upper Airway and its Normalization. For more info or to contact Dr Viviano click:
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  1. I need someone to talk to me about my spouse. He is 5’7, 215 pd., 65 yrs. He has severe sleep apnea. If he is not actively eating, walking, talking or doing whatever he is asleep.
    At night he will go to sleep with his full face mask on and within ten minutes it is off. He tells me he can’t breath and his nose gets stuffed up. There is always an excuse for him not wearing his mask. The truth is he doesn’t like it.
    He gets behind the wheel and within thirty mins. I look at him and he is falling asleep. I tell him to pull over and let me drive and we get into arguments and tells me he is fine and that he was blinking or that the sun was in his eyes..
    He has diabetes, has had triple bypass, severe sleep apnea, high B/P, high Cholesterol…….. the latest his kidneys are showing signs of damage. He is a veteran.
    My question is we live in TX. in the country, about 40 mins. away from the VA. I have a phobia of driving on the highways. I don’t know what to do to help us. I don’t want him to be the fault of killing himself or someone else. I don’t know how to help us. PLEASE give me some suggestions. .

    1. From what you describe it sounds like your husband has been provided the best therapy. Perhaps he can visit the store he received his CPAP from to see if another type of mask might be more comfortable. Failing that visit the american academy of dental sleep medicine website and see if there is a qualified dentist close to your location to consult with regarding an oral appliance. Good Luck.

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