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    Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    As the title says is sleep apnea disqualifying now or is there a medical waiver that you can receive?

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    It is disqualifying until you have a sleep study done saying that a cpap machine fixes your sleep apnea issues. There are several people that I work with that have sleep apnea. They all lost their medical for a month or so until sleep study was completed.

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Quote Originally Posted by atcbrownie View Post
    It is disqualifying until you have a sleep study done saying that a cpap machine fixes your sleep apnea issues. There are several people that I work with that have sleep apnea. They all lost their medical for a month or so until sleep study was completed.
    What do you guys do when you lose your medical for a month? Take sick leave?

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Yes. Though, they may let you work admin (non control related duties) instead, if they have a place to put you.

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Quote Originally Posted by pinesolius View Post
    What do you guys do when you lose your medical for a month? Take sick leave?
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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Now if what if you already have a sleep study done and don't use a cpap? Will I need a new study done because i am going to a new facility?

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Facility has nothing to do with your medical.

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Use a CPAP or you will be disqualified. DoD follows the same regulations that the FAA does regarding Sleep Apnea. I know the Air Force requires 90% usage through the month with at least 5 hours used per day. The FAA requires like 75% usage through one month with at least 6 hours used per night. I know this because I went through the entire Sleep Apnea process and multiple sleep studies. Use your CPAP, trust me. You will not get a around it. Here is a link to the FAA medical standards website.

    https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org...m35/amd/apnea/

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    So if you take leave for vacation, and lugging around a CPAP machine is impractical...do you then lose your medical since you didn't use it for two weeks?

    Seems to me, don't get diagnosed with sleep apnea, no?

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    No one will know if you use the cpap or not. But if you know you have and don't tell the FAA you could be fired. There are zero negatives to getting diagnosed as long as it is treatable with a cpap. Sleep apnea is deadly if not treated. Do what you want with your career and your life. If it were me, I would get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Don't hide medical conditions from the FAA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atcbrownie View Post
    No one will know if you use the cpap or not. But if you know you have and don't tell the FAA you could be fired. There are zero negatives to getting diagnosed as long as it is treatable with a cpap. Sleep apnea is deadly if not treated. Do what you want with your career and your life. If it were me, I would get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Don't hide medical conditions from the FAA.
    Everyone that I know who has one says they are glad they got it and most wish they got it sooner.

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    During my recent Class 2, the doc calculated my BMI and warned if it's over 40 you'll have to do a sleep study to show you don't have breathing problems at night. I've heard other docs order the study if you're over 45. Luckily I'm not quite that fat and don't snore anyway.

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Quote Originally Posted by atcbrownie View Post
    No one will know if you use the cpap or not. But if you know you have and don't tell the FAA you could be fired. There are zero negatives to getting diagnosed as long as it is treatable with a cpap. Sleep apnea is deadly if not treated. Do what you want with your career and your life. If it were me, I would get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Don't hide medical conditions from the FAA.
    They will know if you use your CPAP or not. All machines record detailed usage logs for up to a year on the machine or for many years on the SD card. They can either download it from the SD card from your machine or if you use a newer wireless enabled machine, they will pull the data via the internet to ensure compliance. And yeah, like you said, you can die from not using your CPAP and having sleep apnea. Do the research.

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Wow had no clue that they have means to monitor the use of the cpap

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Quote Originally Posted by JumperBones View Post
    So if you take leave for vacation, and lugging around a CPAP machine is impractical...do you then lose your medical since you didn't use it for two weeks?

    Seems to me, don't get diagnosed with sleep apnea, no?
    Lug it around? It weighs like 5lbs! 😂

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Does it have to be a 6 hour per night average or does it literally have to be 6 hours every night? I'm trying to clear medical right now and some nights I do great with it and others I rip the mask off in my sleep; I have a problem with moisture from the humidifier building up in the hose and dripping on me in the night. I think I'll have at least a 6 hour average for this month but there are certainly outlier nights where I've only gotten 3 hours or so in.

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    Re: Is Sleep Apnea Disqualifying

    Quote Originally Posted by OTS_Marylander View Post
    Does it have to be a 6 hour per night average or does it literally have to be 6 hours every night? I'm trying to clear medical right now and some nights I do great with it and others I rip the mask off in my sleep; I have a problem with moisture from the humidifier building up in the hose and dripping on me in the night. I think I'll have at least a 6 hour average for this month but there are certainly outlier nights where I've only gotten 3 hours or so in.

    I believe they want to see 75% of of the month over 6 hours. if you're using it every night, I wouldn't worry about it. I was working a job that 2 nights a week I only saw 5 hours. I didn't have any problems. Is your humidity level adjustable? I have to adjust mine when the seasons change or I run into the same thing you described. I either wake up with a desert in my mouth, or my mask is dripping on me.

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