Both men and women of all ages can suffer from sleep apnea, but there are some risk factors that make it more likely. Truck drivers can have a family history of sleep apnea, might be overweight, have a history of smoking and alcohol use, or are over 40. Sometimes body features make a difference, such as a small upper airway, recessed chin, small jaw, or large overbite.
Symptoms of sleep apnea
You might have sleep apnea if you suffer from loud snoring, headaches or nausea in the morning, gasping or choking while sleeping, unusual daytime sleepiness, irritability, depression, fatigue disturbed sleep, problems with concentrating or memory.
Diagnosing sleep apnea
To see if you have sleep apea, talk to your doctor. You may be sent you to a sleep center for where your sleep is monitored overnight.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/driver-safety/sleep-apnea/driving-when-you-have-sleep-apnea.
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