New app aims to help drivers with sleep apnea stay safe behind the wheel

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a respiratory disorder characterized by a reduction or cessation of breathing during sleep, affects as many as half of the nation’s 3.5 million long-haul truck drivers. But it’s a problem that potentially affects all highway users. That’s because those drivers are five times more likely to have accidents, according to safety data. The good news, however, is that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has determined that treated drivers can be as safe as those without the disease.

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