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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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A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) may raise the risk of osteoporosis, particularly among women or older individuals, according to a new study. OSA is a condition that causes brief interruptions in breathing during sleep. If left untreated, OSA can raise the risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.  New research shows that OSA may also increase the risk of osteoporosis.

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Insomnia predisposes individuals to increased risk of stroke and this association is profound among young adults – up to eight times greater among insomniacs 18 to 34 years old.  The results of a recent study underscore the clinical importance of identifying and treating insomnia.

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Heavy drinking damages the body in many ways. In addition to liver failure, alcoholics are at a much greater risk of developing pneumonia and life threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), for which there is no treatment. Researchers suspect that alcoholics are more susceptible to these lung diseases because the immune system in the lung is no longer strong enough to protect from infection and damage, but, it had been unclear why the immune system in the lung fails.

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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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