Yes that is possible, in part because PAP use helps users to lose weight. However, it is unusual to lose enough to end PAP.
Some fleets pay 100%, and some run it through insurance, with their drivers paying typical co-pays & deductibles.
Several large studies have proven that OSA treatment saves $3-$6k/year in reduced medical expenses. The ROI is 2-3-fold.
Several large studies have shown reduced accidents, reduced turnover, reduced sick days and workers comp; all save money.
Yes, ghrelin boosts hunger, leptin cuts it. Untreated apnea causes both to trigger hunger, PAP treatment reduces appetite.
The largest study, by Dr. A. Pack, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine estimated 28%, and has been substantiated by large fleets proactively treating sleep apnea.
Yes. Their ability to avoid accidents equals a person legally drunk at Blood Alcohol Content of .08%. Risk increases 3-7-fold.
Yes. Legal settlements have run from $10 – $62 million for fatality crashes involving drivers with untreated sleep apnea.
Yes. Drivers have been imprisoned for manslaughter for dodging a recommended sleep test, then causing a fatality.
Yes. Risk of heart attack and stroke are halved; hypertension & diabetes are improved; daytime fatigue and EDS are reduced with compliant APAP treatment.
Several drivers and managers have told us that they believe this program literally saved their lives due to improved health and by removing their daytime fatigue.