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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 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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