For many people, daytime drowsiness is a common occurrence, leading them to want to shut their eyes for a catnap or down a whole carafe of coffee. But when daytime drowsiness sets in on truckers behind the wheel, the result may be a disastrous Pennsylvania truck crash.
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Truckers can’t shut their eyes behind the wheel. No matter how much coffee they drink, it is sometimes not enough. Although they may feel that they don’t get enough sleep or are just tired of the monotony of driving, there is a very common reason for the source of their drowsiness.
Sleep apnea has been found to be a major cause of daytime drowsiness. It leads to poor sleep quality and, in turn, excessive drowsiness during the day. Studies have shown that drivers who are affected by sleep apnea perform as bad, if not worse, on driving tasks as drivers who have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit.
Research studies, which were sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and American Trucking Associations, found that approximately 28% of commercial truck drivers suffer from sleep apnea. This is a large percentage of drivers who are operating deadly vehicles at the same performance capacity as those who have a high BAC.
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