‘Fit for Duty’ - Screening & Treatment Program for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Sleep Disordered Breathing.
The Fit for Duty Program is an exciting new screening and treatment program that identifies your risk of obstructive sleep apnea, and provides affordable treatment to help improve your work and home life. Our home-based sleep study will identify if you have OSA and provides the recommendations and services following a positive diagnosis.
Many people have sleep apnea and don’t realise it. Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that is far more common than is generally understood. It is a breathing disorder characterised by pauses in breath during sleep and nightly snoring. This restless sleep leaves people feeling ‘dog tired’ - sleepy and exhausted - during the day.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - The effect of OSA is that a person can stop breathing for periods of time when asleep. These interruptions (apneas), which can last for up to 10 seconds or more, occur when the airway narrows so much that it closes. This stops breathing, and the brain reacts by briefly waking the subject, causing the airways to re-open and breathing to restart. The individual may not be aware of this awakening and the process can be repeated up to several hundred times during the night. Proper sleep becomes impossible, resulting in sleepiness and impairment of daytime (work time) function.
Stimulants (like coffee) taken to counter the effects of tiredness are not a substitute for sleep. The regular use of stimulants by individuals may be a clue to the existence of an underlying sleep disorder.
Contact us today to enrol in our Screening Program.