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.
Current regulations require drivers of commercial vehicles to include a sleep assessment if their BMI (body mass index) is 35 or above.
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.
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:
To keep your license and receive a higher quality of patient care, contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine to schedule a consultation.