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People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. Those who have the hardest time shaking the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While the number of Australians who smoke declines, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.

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Are you having trouble sleeping, snoring, waking tired or unrefreshed, and becoming excessively sleepy throughout the day? A home based sleep study may be an appropriate option for you. Medicare offers rebates for one (1) home based sleep study per year.

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About one in four Australians are sleep-deprived, and leading sleep researchers came together for the BBC's "Day of the Body Clock" and warned that shunning shut-eye leads to "serious health problems".

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Often times when we can’t sleep or we feel tired throughout the day, there are common “quick fixes” which we use to help us fall asleep easier and give us an extra boost in the morning. However, some of these habits can often be detrimental to your sleep health, affecting you not just at night, but throughout the day as well.

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New research has found that the less we sleep in midlife, the faster our brains can decline and lead to cognitive impairment in old age.

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“What is happening in YOUR sleep?!? How can you really know? Ever thought of using a sleep app? There are some misunderstandings to what data is relevant when using sleep apps so understanding the limitations are IMPORTANT. "It is always recommended to follow up with a sleep study to be sure nothing is missed. “

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Our Thoracic and Sleep Doctors

Dr Andrew Scott

Dr Andrew Scott

Dr Andrew Scott is a Thoracic and Sleep Physician plus CEO and Director of Thoracic and Sleep Group (Qld).  He has 15 years experience in Sleep Medicine, having worked in major sleep units in Brisbane, Sydney and Cambridge (UK). He is Medical Director of The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme with a team including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacist and clinical psychologist.  He has published in the areas of sleep medicine, infectious diseases of the lung, thoracic oncology, transplant medicine, cystic fibrosis, autoimmune lung disorders and thoracic surgery. Research in these areas has been presented at medical conferences in North America, Europe, U.K and throughout Australasia. He has also practiced in the area of lung transplantation developing skills in complex interventional bronchoscopy including airway stenting and laser therapy. He is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine with the University of Queensland. Dr Scott continues to maintain daily clinics with one of the busiest private practices in Thoracic and Sleep Medicine in South East Queensland.

Dr John Feenstra

Dr John Feenstra

Dr John Feenstra is one of only four sleep physicians in South East Queensland who trained to attain Level 2 Sleep qualifications and is the only current physician in full time private practice.  He is a director with Thoracic & Sleep Group (QLD) and is the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Unit, with a senior clinical nurse and WRI researchers under his supervision.  He is a Senior Lecturer with Griffith University and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with Bond University.  He is also the academic lead for Medicine at Griffith University at the Wesley Hospital Clinical School.  Dr Feenstra is currently involved with clinical trials involving COPD, PAH, sleep apnoea and insomnia.

 

For more information on our Lung and Sleep Doctors, please contact our Brisbane Breathing and Sleep Clinic.

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