Among the sleep apnea symptoms you’re most likely to notice is daytime sleepiness. You might find yourself dozing off during work, or maybe even when driving.

You might not think this is a big deal. After all, you’ve been busy lately and haven’t been getting as much sleep as you would like.

But the truth is that this is a very serious circumstance. If you have sleep apnea, it can lead to you falling asleep in the middle of your workday, with dangerous consequences. That’s why the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) almost slapped a plant operator in New York with a $70,000 fine for failing to report that one its employees had sleep apnea.

Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Be a Safety Violation

Power Plants and Sleep ApneaWorkplace safety affects not just you and your coworkers, it can often have a dramatic impact on the public. This is the case for many professions, such as truck drivers, train operators, and airline pilots who are currently being considered for mandatory testing for sleep apnea. But it’s especially important for nuclear power plant operators, whose mistakes could have ramifications for the entire state or nation for years, even decades to come.

The NRC requires that employees in critical positions be tested for sleep apnea, and that the results of such tests be reported. So when it found out the Indian Point Plant hadn’t reported that one of the operators of Unit 3 had sleep apnea, it considered levying a fine against the operator, Entergy. However, it decided not to impose the fine because the shortcoming came out in one of the company’s internal reviews, and the situation was under control, with the employee getting the recommended treatment.

Sleep Is Mission Critical in Your Life

As scary as it is to think that sleep apnea could lead to another Three Mile Island, it’s important to remember that sleep apnea treatment is critical, no matter what your job. You may not work in an industry where regulators are imposing fines if you’re not getting treatment, but your job performance likely suffers if you have sleep apnea. And then there’s the risks that you suffer during your daily commute because you might be more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel.

None of us can afford to have untreated sleep apnea, so if you’ve been prescribed a sleep apnea treatment you just can’t stick with, like CPAP, you need a better option.

If you are looking for a more comfortable sleep apnea treatment in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a sleep dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.