I’m not a big city boy and one time as a little boy, my great uncle shot a bear and cooked some of it up. The idea of eating a bear didn’t bother me, but it was different tasting, and fatty. About all I remember is that while chewing, my bite of meat somehow seemed to grow.
I typically write about how to be proactive with your career, making sure you make the most money you can and have the type of job you want. This is now the fourth article I’ve written on commercial driving, sleep, and sleep apnea. I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve taken on a bear of a subject and bitten off more than I can chew.
Bob Stanton, an over the road driver who has been on a CPAP since 2002, provided much of the information in the last sleep apnea article and dealt with some of the more “nuts and bolts” issues of using a CPAP on the road: electrical requirements, constant voltage, and reasonable climate control in the cab. Mr. Stanton also pointed out that there’s more to it than that.
In areas where there are anti-idling laws, CPAP use in all weather conditions would not be possible if an APU or IdleAire was not available. However, the exact language of anti-idling laws varies from location to location. Some have language that would allow idling for powering a CPAP and some do not. Sleep apnea is a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA requires reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
Where to get more information
A. W. A. K. E. – Truckers for a Cause is a good source for truck driver-specific information.
The American Sleep Apnea Association website also is a good place to post questions. Just be sure to note if the questions relate to a truck driver, because answers may differ slightly from a home patient.