It is thought that as many as 40,000 commercial drivers could be suffering from a debilitating condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
Many drivers continue to live and work with the disorder without getting proper treatment for fear of losing their professional driving licence.
OSA causes sufferers to experience breathing interruptions during their sleep. The lack of a regular sleeping pattern results in fatigue and lack of concentration during the day.
To alleviate this problem, Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire has teamed up with snorer.com to offer drivers anonymous OSA testing which can be conducted at home.
Dr. Ian Smith, Director of the Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre at Papworth Hospital, said: “We hope that by providing an anonymous service we will be able to reach another group of patients and give them the opportunity to be treated for their own sake, but also for the benefit of us all through making our roads safer.”
Via Commercial Motor