During NAOSH week (North American Occupational Safety and Health, May 1-7, 2016), Bison had a number of activities featuring different safety and health concerns that staff and Company Drivers and Owner Operators should be aware of. One of those concerns being, do you get enough sleep? Bison had a Sleep Apnea information booth set up by Medi-Gas. Medi-Gas spent the day answering questions regarding what sleep apnea is, how many hours of sleep someone should get, snoring and the different types of treatment.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
How many hours of sleep does someone need?
Adults 26 to 64 years old: 7 to 9 hours
Teenagers 14-17 years old: 8 to 10 hours
School Age Children 6 to 13 years old: 9 to 11 hours
How much sleep do YOU need?
Answering these questions can help determine whether you are getting enough sleep.
• Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours or sleep? Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZs to get you into high gear?
• Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
• Are you experiencing sleep problems?
• Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease?
• Do you feel sleepy when driving?
Healthy Sleep Tips
• Stick to a schedule.
• Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
• It can be challenging for Company Drivers and Owner Operators, but, find ways to ensure your sleeping environment is cool, dark, and quiet.
• Turn off electronics 30 minutes before bed.
Shaq Attacks Sleep Apnea! Watch this video about NBA star Shaquille O'Neal’s experiences with Sleep Apnea.
If you are still looking for answers regarding the quality of sleep contact your doctor and Medi-Gas.
To read more about the activities that were held at Bison during NAOSH week 2016, click here.