The Cost Of OSA

The breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, OSA, does more than just cause sleepless nights. A person’s risk of having a heart attack is increased by 30% over a period of four to five years, according to a new study. 

Commercial truck drivers who suffer from mild to severe obstructive sleep apnea can also suffer from acid reflux and other health problems in addition to being life-threatening if combined with heart trouble. Reggie White, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died in 2004 of an apnea attack at age 43.

OSA is a very costly disease if left untreated. It causes deterioration in the person’s health with increased hospitalizations, absenteeism and lowered productivity. OSA has been shown to significantly increase the driver’s risk of being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident.

With early diagnosis and proper treatment health care costs can be reduced by as much as 50% for most drivers in addition to increasing productivity and safety.

The diagnosis and treatment is simple, effective and affordable, resulting in a healthier employee which translates into longer retention, increased productivity and lower rates of accidents.