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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 Clinics

Our state of the art Thoracic and Sleep clinics have been specially set up to provide the most comfortable environment possible for our patients while still supplying the doctor with the highest quality, comprehensive diagnostic reports and patient treatment.  

Sleep Clinics

For our overnight sleep studies, each patient is provided with a private room and ensuite which has the feel of a hotel room.  We understand that to obtain quality sleep studies it is important to ensure patients are comfortable in their environment.  With nursing, medical and scientific staff onsite we pride ourselves on providing the highest possible standard of care for all our patients.  Our Brisbane sleep clinic and Sunshine Coast sleep clinic have recieved accreditation with the NATA/ASA Sleep Disorders Services (SDS) Accrediatation Program, from January 2014. The National Authority of Testing Authorities Australia (NATA) have developed a rigorous standard for sleep disorders services in Australia, and we are pleased to be the first private hospital services in Australia to meet this level.

CPAP Education and Support

Our team includes onsite CPAP educators who can provide our patients with the support they need. From initial set up we provide full support to our patients during their trial period, a wide range of masks and specially selected range of CPAP machines are available to optimise the success of our patients therapy. Being located on site with thoracic physicians therapy changes and patient queries can be quickly and effectively resolved. The Thoracic and Sleep Group had a high compliance rate with all our patients of around 80%, we believe that the excellent service and follow up support provided is the reason for our patients success.

Wesley Lung Function Laboratory

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory has been designed to provide the highest quality results whilst keeping the patient as comfortable as possible.  Offering a wide variety of tests we are able to perform diagnostic respiratory tests as well as monitoring and managing disease progression.  We offer the latest testing equipment available and are constantly keeping up to date with the current research in respiratory testing and diagnosis.  The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory has specialist thoracic physician on site every day to make interpretive comments on each report.

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