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In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue. Study paticipant reports of sleep disorder frequency, sleep patterns and complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness suggest that sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic in the MS population.

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A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second "sleep node" identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.  Using designer genes, researchers were able to 'turn on' specific neurons in the brainstem that result in deep sleep.

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Insomnia can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and earlier death. This study finds that curing the insomnia reduces the inflammation and hopefully reduces disease. It also found the best way to cure lack of sleep is through the use of a common psychotherapy treatment - cognitive behavioural therapy.

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Getting enough sleep is important to people of any age, but it is especially so for teenagers, with insufficient sleep possibly being linked to obesity as an adult.

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A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called “sleep drunkenness.” The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness disorder involves confusion or inappropriate behaviour, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm, during or following arousals from sleep, either during the first part of the night or in the morning. An episode, often triggered by a forced awakening, may even cause violent behaviour during sleep or amnesia of the episode.

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Ever wondered about the effects of binge sleeping? Are naps bad or how long should you nap for? For all these myths debunked follow the link

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About Thoracic & Sleep Group Queensland

COMPANY PROFILE

People caring about the way people breathe and sleep.

Thoracic and Sleep Group Queensland (TSGQ) was established in 2008 by Dr Andrew Scott and Dr John Feenstra to recognise the growing demand for quality, state of the art, respiratory and sleep medicine and sleep research services in Queensland.

Did you know…

The incidence of sleep disorders is increasing significantly, attributable in part to an expanding ageing population, the increasing incidence of obesity and increased awareness of these disorders within the medical community and general public. The American Journal of Medicine 2007 suggests the increase in obesity related illnesses, including sleep disordered breathing, will surpass smoking related disorders.

Thoracic and Sleep Group (QLD) is now Queensland’s fastest growing specialist thoracic and sleep medicine clinic, providing full spectrum services for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep and lung disorders. Our specialised medical team and state-of-the-art facilities ensure we provide your patients with the highest quality of thoracic and sleep medicine care.

  • Full spectrum onsite diagnostic and treatment services
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Thoracic and Accredited Sleep Physicians
  • CPAP successful long term therapy - 85%
  • Ongoing CPAP education and support
  • Fast turnaround of reports with specific fast tracking of urgent studies
  • Lung function testing and patient management programs
  • Short waiting lists
  • No gap specialist provider for in hospital testing
  • Affiliations with Wesley Research Institute, University of Queensland, Griffith University and Bond University
  • Doctor owned practice
  • Convenient locations in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, all with onsite parking
  • Active in sleep and respiratory research

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide first class clinical sleep services to patients, including providing information, education, advice and support to patients relating to all aspects of their sleep health and treatment, while respecting and honouring every patient’s rights, privacy and comfort while under the care of Thoracic and Sleep Group (QLD).

OUR OBJECTIVES

  1. To prepare, record and interpret polysomnography results that match and exceed AASM guidelines and QLD Health GCP regulations.
  2. To ensure every patient’s comfort and privacy is maintained through informative exchange of information and respectful diligence in acknowledging and responding to patient’s concerns.
  3. To educate patients as much as is practically and legally allowed in the ongoing diagnosis and treatment of their sleep health and respiratory health.
  4. Maintain a friendly, positive and confident demeanor when interacting with all of TSGQ’s clientele.
  5. Maintain ongoing professional relationships with our patients that facilitate a leading clinical management and follow-up services.

OUR LOGO

Thoracic and Sleep Group Queensland

Our logo is Hypnos, the Greek God of sleep who was depicted in myth and literature as a gentle, benevolent force who brings the restorative gift of sleep to mortals and gods alike.

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