Sleep apnea and swift

Discussion in 'Swift' started by Sithslegion, Jan 10, 2022.

  1. Aamcotrans

    Aamcotrans Heavy Load Member

    May 24, 2016
    Strasburg, Va
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  3. VTXBiker

    VTXBiker Bobtail Member

    Mar 20, 2019
    Central New Mexico
    I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about a year before I had an interest in truck driving and already had a cpap and had a year of recorded history. As I recall, the question regarding sleep apnea came up during the recruiting process and application. Once I informed SWIFT that I had sleep apnea, they informed me that I would have to present the cpap record (at least 90 days if memory serves me) indicating that I was at least 70% use compliant (about 5 or 6 hours use a night) in order to pass the DOT physical at Concentra. As to my experience during the physical. I felt the staff were not looking for reasons to disqualify, but rather every reason to get you passed. Not saying they are just gonna pass anyone...but they weren't anal.

    That being said. It was not offered by SWIFT that they would cover the costs associated with having a cpap and/or supplies. I am comfortable in saying that you are on your own with this regard. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and require the use of a cpap and you don't have one yet. I would recommend getting your cpap and use it for about 90 days so you have a medical record proving that you're compliant so that you can pass that portion of the DOT physical. Your medical card will only be valid for 1 year rather than the 2 year medical card.

    I obtained my learners permit in my home state of New Mexico prior to attending the SWIFT academy in Phoenix. I would highly recommend you get your permit prior to your attendance. Several trainees from my class didn't do this and found themselves under a lot of stress during that first week trying to pass the MVD tests for the permit...several failed and were dismissed from the academy.

    I had a very good experience at the SWIFT academy and while I worked out of the Los Lunas Walmart DC. I left after a very short 5 months, but not because of anything negative. I am a retired LEO and hired on shortly after retirement. I enjoyed driving, but an opportunity presented itself for me to return to law enforcement making more money and the ability to sleep in my own bed every night/day.

    I hope this information helps. Your experience with SWIFT mostly depends on your attitude and expectations going in. You would probably be about 90% in control of how good or how bad it could be. Good luck!
  4. snowmantrucking101

    snowmantrucking101 Medium Load Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    Negative...they accept National Registry Docs..
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  5. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

    May 14, 2012
    I have gone to another doctor for my last 3 dot physicals. swift took all 3.
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  6. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    I stand corrected.
    It seems some things have changed for the better.
  7. scott180

    scott180 Heavy Load Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Tooele, UT
    Sleep apnea is a serious condition. If you have it you should seek treatment.

    After having a heart problem I was given a sleep test immediately after leaving the hospital. Surprisingly I wasn't sleeping well so they recommended trying a cpap out. And ofcourse I was honest with DMV and put it down on my renewal form. For the next few years I had to wear a cpap that I couldn't sleep in in order to be complaint. I finally got insurance that would cover another sleep test that was again border line but the doctor cleared me to be off that fing machine. She explained that while I'm a side or stomach sleeper at home, during the test I had to sleep on my back due to all the wires. That added with knowing you are being watched on camera, in a strange place/bed cause restless sleep.

    Having a medical condition on your license is a absolute nightmare. Some companies push cpap if you truly need it or not. Be careful. If you are border line but do get a restful sleep and show no symptoms of apnea then I'd recommend finding other companies.
  8. Durden7579

    Durden7579 Bobtail Member

    Jan 30, 2022
    What if you got a 15, which is still mild, and FMCSA says 20 is what they "require" for a CPAP, but the company made you start using one anyways. Do you have to report that to a new company?
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