Health & FitnessJanuary 2015


DR &SH LOGO Preventing work place accidents don’t close your eyes to prevent work injuries

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a condition characterised by repeated episodes of upper airway obstruction during sleep. This results in decreased oxygen levels in the blood, increased awakening from sleep and poor sleep quality.

Sufferers of sleep apnoea typically wake up feeling unrefreshed from sleep and may report snoring, increased daytime sleepiness and impaired concentration.
In addition to the direct consequences on health, such as high blood pressure, heart conditions and low libido, there is also strong evidence that sufferers of sleep apnoea are at a greater risk of motor vehicle accident. The increased risk has been estimated at 2 to 3 times that of the general population.
More recent studies have also shown that on top of the increased risk of motor vehicle accident sufferers of sleep apnoea are also more likely to be injured in an occupational accident than the general population. Furthermore excessive daytime sleepiness as a result of sleep apnoea has been linked to poorer work productivity and increased work disability.

If you think that you or someone you know suffers from sleep apnoea you could be tested and treated at Darwin Respiratory & Sleep Health, a modern and professional Sleep Health service based at the Darwin Private Hospital.

Darwin Respiratory & Sleep Health offers a comprehensive service to aid with the management of sleep disorders with highly qualified doctors and well trained sleep technologists.

More importantly evidence indicates that treatment for sleep apnoea decreases the risk of motor vehicle accident, improves quality of life and reduces the health impacts of sleep apnoea. Don’t close your eyes to your sleep problems there is help to make you safe at your work.

For more information visit our website at www.darwinsleephealth.com.au
or contact us on:
Ph:08 8945 1972 / 08 8920 6306
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Rocklands Drive, Tiwi NT 0810