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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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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.

 

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