Sleep Apnea Dot Guidelines

Natural Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Hey, guys. Axe, here, of naturalmedicine and founder of DrAxe . In this tutorial, I'm going to go through a sevenstepprocess on how to overcome sleep apnea. If you struggle with sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia,just trouble sleeping at night, these tips are going to help you big time. The number one thing you've got to start doingif you want to overcome sleep apnea is look at your diet. Now, sometimes sleep apnea canbe related to weight gain. It can be related to inflammation in different areas of yourbody. But if you can follow these dietary tips, it's going to help tremendously.

The first thing you want to do is you reallywant to focus on supporting your metabolism. You want to focus on getting three thingsevery single meal: good quality protein, healthy fat, and fiber, those three things. Most peoplewith sleep apnea, most people tend to consume too many carbohydrates and too much sugar,which can actually affect your insulin levels and your metabolism, which causes sleep apnea.So again, healthy protein, such as bone broth protein, organic chicken and turkey, wildcaughtfish, grassfed beef, getting good quality protein is important. Number two, fiber, getting more vegetablesand fruits in your diet and wholesprouted

grains, such as brown rice, that's where youwant to get your fiber. The healthy fats, things like coconut oil, olive oil, organicnuts and seeds, those are some ways to get some good healthy fat in your diet. So again,focus on a healthy diet, a diet that's antiinflammatory and that helps balance out insulin levelsis going to be big when it comes to beating sleep apnea. Number two, there are certain things you wantto avoid. If you have sleep apnea, you want to avoid intake of alcohol, caffeine, smoking,and also you need to be aware of sedatives. If you're taking sedatives on a regular basis,that can really cause sleep apnea. Stay away

from those things. If you're saying to yourself,quot;Well, I'm still going to do caffeine and alcohol,quot; then what I would do is not do coffee.I would just do a little bit of tea, like a green tea during the day. So again, just tone it down some. The otherthing I would do is, if you're drinking alcohol, limit it to one glass. When you start doingmore than one glass, more than one beer, more than one glass of alcohol, that's really goingto affect your sleep cycle. And no more than two days a week. Again, bring the alcoholdown, because that will absolutely cause sleep apnea.

The number three tip is to treat acid reflux.Many people with sleep apnea have heartburn, GERD, or acid reflux, or some type of digestiveissue that's causing their sleep apnea. Now, the way to overcome that is to follow thesedietary tips. You want to eat smaller meals, so you don't want to overeat, and get moreorganic meat, vegetables, and fruits. You've got to be careful overconsuming thegrains, the pastas, the breads, the chips. All of those things will really cause acidreflux and sleep apnea. Also, supplementing with digestive enzymes, probiotics, and applecider vinegar. So probiotics, enzymes, and apple cider vinegar, all of those can helpin the natural treatment of acid reflux and

reduce sleep apnea. The number four thing you want to considerdoing to beat sleep apnea is getting a humidifier in your bedroom. Oftentimes, it's the humidityor being too dry in the bedroom that actually causes sleep apnea. So look into getting ahumidifier and sometimes an air purifier. So a humidifier, an air purifier, those thingscan actually help support your body and you breathing better and overcoming sleep apnea. Number five is your sleeping position. Manypeople with sleep apnea sleep on their back. Some of them sleep on their stomach. You wantto sleep on your side. What you want to do

CDL New Federal Requirements

Do you have a commercial driver licenseé Or maybe you're thinking about getting oneé Then, here's a headsup on some important information that affectsyou. New federal requirements affecting all CDL holders begin taking effect on January 30th, 2012. For starters

if you're operating in interstate commerce your medical certification will become part of your driving record. And if you're operating in intrastate commerce your CDL is going to look a bit different. The difference between interstate and intrastatecommerce is often misunderstood. We'll make it clear in a moment.

But first how do you go about complying with the new changesé It all starts when you go into a DOL office to apply for a CDL or renew the one you already have. What this boils down to

is that an individual that comes into the office after January the 30th , 2012, an applicant that comes into the office will have to selfcertify whether they operate in inter or intra state commerce. Selfcertify.

All CDL holders will have to do it. But what exactly does selfcertify meané It mean this is what I'm going to haul. I'm going to operate in ‘intra' or ‘inter' state commerce. And the federal regulation is only about interstate. That's what it's truly about.

They are the people who have to have their medical data put on their drive record. So, you might say the new regulations amount to a simple case of “if A, then B.� If you selfcertify that you're operating in interstate commerce then your medical data

DOT Physicals for Truck Drivers Crete on the Dave Nemo Show

Dave Nemo Well good morning again everybodyas we go trucking in to Tuesday through North America and all the computers around the world.We're going to talk to Tim Aschoff this morning. Tim is president of Shaffer, COOof Crete. Hey good morning Tim! Tim Aschoff Morning, great to be with youagain Dave. Dave It's great to have you with us here.And I don't know, is spring there quite yeté Tim Well it seems like every time we talkwe just experience a cold weather event here so coming into the office this morning wehad freeze warnings out here in the middle

of May. So its not quite spring outside. Onthe calendar it is but not out side. Dave You know we've got a drought; we'vegot the biggest snow storm in rapid city history this weekend. Then we have flooding, we havetornadoes, and we even have a tropical storm all on the same day. It's just crazy stuff!But that's not what we are going to talk about, although this changeable weather canreally affect folk's health so we certainly hope folks will be prepared for the changeableweather. We also have allergy season on top of that. Which kind of brings us to a generaltopic of medicine, s, medical screening, medical testing and you guys do a lot of that.So we're going to talk about ShafferCrete

a little bit. Then we're going pull up andtake a look at the general picture of medical testing and of course the DOT physicals thateverybody has to go through. 2 years, 1 year, 6 months sort of thing. So when you do medicalscreening coming in to a company, what do you guys look foré What do you test foré Tim Well first of all, you know the healthand the safety of our drivers and all drivers out there is very important. Because as allof you listeners know that's one of the few occupations out there that if we don'tstay medically qualified, you lose your occupation. So your health and safety is very important,so what we look at is of course the standard

DOT exam, which I know we'll talk abouthere in a little bit. But we also have a couple of other things. We do what we call a prework screen, which is more technically called a functional capacity evaluation. What thatis, is a test that says, can this person do the practical aspects of the jobé That'simportant to us again because if a person can't do that safely, they are likely toget injured and of course the injury can lead to a loss of livelihood. So we're workingwith the driver and the certified physical therapist to put our drivers through a functionalcapacity evaluation. Which really is some range of motion testing and weight resistancetesting. All designed to say the job the drivers

have is more than sitting behind that seat,it is going out, doing pre trip inspections, sliding the tandems, releasing the king pinand all those things. People see those drivers out on the road or even some folks at thewarehouses and shippers that see a drivers day to day think well you know they just getin their truck and drive. But it is a lot more than that. So our goal is to insure thatdrivers can perform that job safely, so they do not injure themselves. Dave The functional capacity evaluationor the FCE as the folks in the medical world call it. If I'm not mistaken, this has abit of a history. It goes back to the mid

80's if I'm not mistaken. So it's beenon the boards for quite some time hasn't ité Tim It has and you know we here at Creteand Shaffer have about 8 or 9 years of experience in the evaluation and certainly you know asthe job changes we have to change the functional capacity evaluation. But have had good experiencein looking at so those drivers that have not gone through versus those that have. And whatis that rate of injury over time, and we have found that, you know there is a benefit toit. Obviously it is a burden the driver has to go through, we understand that. But thebenefit at the end of the day is that those

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