Sleep apnea may be more prevalent in truckers than previously studied, researchers find

January 14, 2021

Researchers find nearly half of truckers may have sleep apnea
A 2020 study looking at the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in truck drivers found that nearly half of the 20,000 observed truck drivers potentially had apnea.

The study, conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, used the so-called “STOP-Bang” sleep apnea screening tool, which assesses a person’s snoring, tiredness, observed apneas, hypertension, body mass index (BMI), age, neck circumference and gender to determine their risk factor for sleep apnea.