Commercial Driver’s License and Sleep

Sleep is the foundation of your health, and good health is required to perform many jobs effectively and safely—including driving commercial vehicles. In an effort to improve road safety, New Mexico has started to include sleep assessment for some commercial drivers before license renewals are approved.

Why Sleep Evaluations are Required for CDLs

Current regulations require drivers of commercial vehicles to include a sleep assessment if their BMI (body mass index) is 35 or above.

The reasoning behind the sleep assessment requirement is based on the link between weight (obesity), sleep apnea and drowsy driving:

Body mass index reflects relative body composition; BMIs of 35 or higher are typically associated with obesity, which is a risk factor for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has daytime symptoms that include sleepiness, fatigue, lack of concentration—i.e., symptoms that put the driver and others on the road at risk.

MVD-Accepted Sleep Evaluations in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sleep assessments required for CDL renewals entail more than medical history questions. To fulfill the requirements, commercial drivers must do a complete diagnostic sleep study.

While there are a number of sleep clinics in the greater Albuquerque area, there are a number of reasons to get yours done at Neurology & Sleep Medicine:

  • We schedule consultations and sleep studies around your travel schedule so that you do not miss work.
  • Your care is led by board-certified sleep specialist Senthil Ramasamy. He meets with you personally during all consultations and evaluates your sleep study results.
  • We provide the latest in sleep apnea treatments, including Bi-level PAP and AutoPAP.
  • We provide patient education that can help you more effectively improve your sleep hygiene and habits to accommodate shift work and/or experiences similar to jet lag.

To keep your license and receive a higher quality of patient care, contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine to schedule a consultation.

Call Neurology & Sleep Medicine today to schedule a consultation for MVD-accepted sleep evaluations for CDL renewal.

Sleep: The Foundation of Your Health—We Can Strengthen It.