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Driving For A Living With Successful CPAP Therapy

Paul the lorry driver undergoes CPAP treatment for Sleep Apnoea on BBC show Goodnight Britain. He is now successfuly treated by Michael Oko http://www.snorecentre.com/ and is able to do the job he loves.

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Comment by Kath Hope on July 6, 2015 at 15:37

It sounds like all with be fine for you Scott, but it's understandable you're still a bit apprehensive until you get their confirmation.  You make a valid point about people often being scared of coming forwards due to worrying about losing their licences, even though this rarely ever happens.  There's been a lot of scaremongering about this and it's very worrying, as it leaves these sleep-deprived drivers on our roads risking both our lives and their own   Good to hear you had a positive experience with the DVLA and good luck for your renewal.

Comment by Scott Mackenzie on July 4, 2015 at 20:55

very interesting video, I am due for my first yearly checkup with my sleep consultant on the 31st of this month, a bit nerve wracking as I have a HGV and PCV licence and although I do not depend on them for my job as I am a mechanic I would still be gutted to lose them, DVSA were happy to let me carry on driving after my initial 6 week checkup but my HGV and PCV licences are on a yearly renewal which expires in September, ie if I am not shown to be compliant my licence would not be renewed.

I am confident things should be okay as my average hours sleep is 7.1 hours per night with an AHI always less than 5 so it should be okay but you still get the worry feling when it is due, I sent in my sd card today prior to my consultation so they can review my data as requested ny my consultant.

one thing I should point out is that DVSA were quite happy to let me drive under doctors recommendation until they could review my case themselves and they were also quick to get back in touch to clarify things and give me the go ahead to drive albeit on a restricted licence which I do not mind as at the end of the day they could have refused me altogether.

my main point is that if you are avoiding getting checked out or indeed using cpap therapy because of a fear of losing your licence then please do not as I feel DVSA were helpful and are well aware of what sleep apnea is and how treatment is good

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