• Preparing for Your DOT Physical

    on Sep 26th, 2018

Are you worried about your upcoming Department of Transportation (DOT) physical? You’re not alone. Plenty of drivers are concerned about problems that could sideline them. But being worried won’t help you pass your exam. In fact, getting worked up about your physical can do more harm than good. Here are some tips if you’re facing a DOT physical.

Get a good night’s sleep

Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before your DOT physical. Getting a sound sleep will help lower your blood pressure, balance your blood sugar, and improve your mood. Avoid using smartphones, tablets, or other electronic devices before going to bed. Not only can they distract you and keep you up, they can keep you wired after you turn them off. Furthermore, don’t eat a big meal right before going to bed or drink anything that can keep you awake.

Limit your intake of caffeine and cold medications

Twenty-four hours before your DOT physical, limit your intake of caffeine. You can have your morning coffee, but cut off caffeine after your first cup or two. Furthermore, you should stop taking any over-the-counter cold medications or consuming energy drinks one day prior to your physical.

Many energy drinks and over-the-counter cold medicines contain ingredients that can elevate your blood pressure by as much as 20 points. This could get you a restricted status or even disqualify you.

Take your prescription medications normally

If you take prescription medications, take them at your usual times. You should also take all of your prescription medications with you to your physical. The doctor will need to know what medications you’re taking in case they impact your blood pressure.

If you don’t take prescription medications and your blood pressure is elevated, the doctor may take your blood pressure a few times. Some people can feel anxiety or stress in a medical environment and may need a little time for their blood pressure to return to its normal level.

Schedule your exam early

If you need fasting bloodwork, schedule your appointment in the morning. That way you can spend as little time as possible being hungry. You can get tested soon after waking up and eat right after testing. You are allowed to drink water. If fasting bloodwork isn’t necessary for your DOT physical, you can schedule your appointment whenever it’s convenient for you.

Arrive early to your physical

Few things can spike your blood pressure like running late. Furthermore, the stress of not being on time can make you appear frantic and out of control. It’s much better stepping up to the doctor feeling relaxed than feeling rushed and frazzled.

Stay calm during your exam

DOT physicals are designed to determine whether it will be safe putting you behind the wheel. The doctor will not only examine your physical health, but they will examine your emotional state as well. Try to remain as calm as possible during your exam.
If you need a DOT physical, book an appointment with AccuHealth Urgent Care online or over the phone today.

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