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The Wall Street Journal reported recently on the topic of sleep deprivation as to which cities around the World are the most and least sleep deprived. Brisbane leads the way with the earliest bed time and earliest wake up time.

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According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours.

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As we get older there is a strong relationship between reduced amount and quality of sleep. Recent research has found specific cluster of neurons that have linked insomnia and more sleep fragmentation. The reduction of these neurons can be from normal aging but has also been seen in Alzheimers disease.

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A bedtime routine might sound like something that's only necessary for the grade-school set, but following a nightly schedule can greatly improve the sleep of adults, too. Sleep experts recommend establishing a bedtime routine, both to calm and relax you as you get ready to sleep and so you aren't inadvertently giving yourself jet lag.

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Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard," directing signals coming from the outside world or internal memories. Because human brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder typically show disturbances in that switchboard, the investigators say the work suggests new strategies in understanding and treating them.

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The death rate from asthma in Australia has fallen by almost 70 per cent since the 1980s, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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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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