Researchers want truck drivers for sleep apnoea study


Southern Cross University researchers are calling on truck drivers to participate in a sleep apnoea study

November 11, 2013

Southern Cross University researchers are calling on truck drivers to participate in a sleep apnoea study.

They are looking for 150 men above the age of 18 who have not been previously diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea.

Sleep technician and clinical exercise physiologist Lana Eyeington says 80 per cent of those with obstructive sleep apnoea are undiagnosed.

"The condition is twice as common in men and typical symptoms include pauses in breathing, loud snoring and broken sleep resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness and reduces alertness," Eyeington says.

"Previous research indicates that commercial truck drivers fit the blueprint for obstructive sleep apnoea.

"They are exposed to long hours of driving, sitting, irregular shifts, poor dietary intake and lifestyle habits.

"Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnoea can increase the crash-risk of a truck driver between two and seven-fold."

Participants will be required to complete a simple questionnaire and undergo a few physical measurements including blood pressure, height, weight and circumference measurements.

For more information or to participate in the study contact Lana Eyeington on 0413 654 982 or by email


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