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Office workers with more light exposure at work had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace.

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Can you be sleep deprived without knowing it? Sleep is not always prioritised however the implications can be devastating. Even one night sleep deprived can be impacting your body on a variety of different levels; physically and psychologically. The only way to know if you are getting consolidated sleep is to monitor with specialised equipment what is happening when you are asleep.

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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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TSGQ Doctor e-Newsletter Archive


Issue 44: TSGQ News - September 2014
  • Association of severe OSA and elevated BP despite antihypertensive medication use
  • Warning signs of OSA
  • National trends in outpatient visits in the USA for insomnia, apnoea and sleep medications
  • Confusional arousals
  • Increased severity of respiratory infections associated with elevated anti-LPS IgG2 which inhibits serum bactericidal killing

Issue 43: TSGQ News - August 2014
  • Sleep duration and age related changes in brain structure and cognitive performance
  • Stress and insomnia
  • Correlation between obstructive sleep apnoea and erectile dysfunction
  • The impact of the provision of home based sleep studies in Australia
  • Innate immunity in the lung regulates the development of asthma

Issue 42: TSGQ News - July 2014
  • CPAP treatment in patients with Parkinson Disease and obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Immune function and sleep
  • Can treating obstructive sleep apnoea in patients with Alzheimer's Disease result in improved cognitive function?
  • Vitamin E-rich oils linked to lung inflammation

Issue 41:
TSGQ News - June 2014
  • How can CPAP support impact a patient's life?
  • Long term effect of weight loss on obstructive sleep apnoea severity in obese patients with type II diabetes mellitus 
  • Fatigue managment in the defence force
  • Hospital maternal deaths linked to sleep apnoea
  • Researchers discover molecule that could treat allergen induced asthma

Issue 40:
TSGQ News - May 2014
  • The link between obstructive sleep apnoea severity and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
  • An updated review: Sleep disturbances and defence force members
  •  REM Behaviour Disorder may be a warning sign for Parkinson Disease
  • The Pla protease of yersinia pestis degrades Fas ligand to manipulate cell death and inflammation

Issue 39:
TSGQ News - April 2014
  • Long-Term Success of OSA Therapies
  • An introduction to vascular dementia
  • The difference between Home Based Sleep Studies (HBSS) and In-Lab Studies
  • Sleep deprivation and aging induce pancreatic unfolded protein response: metabolic implications
  • New research links body clocks to chronic lung diseases

Issue 38: TSGQ News - March 2014
  • Association between neurocognitive deterioration in physiologically hyper aroused primary insomnia patients
  • Genetic risk of depressive symptoms is influenced by sleep duration
  • Hypnotherapy: A poorly understood therapy for affective disorders
  • An update of just how good exercise is for your sleep!
  • Woman and Sleep Apnea
  • ERS/ATS guidelines on the management of severe asthma

Issue 37: TSGQ News - February 2014
  • Pharmacological possibility for the treatment of OSA
  • Serum Uric Acid as a predictor of mortality and futur exacerbations of COPD
  • Effects of Quetiapine on sleep architecture: Growing concerns over harmful adverse events
  • Broad-spectrum antimocrobial therapy found to be equally as effective in treating childhood pneumonia
  • Pregnancy and sleep disorders

Issue 36: TSGQ News - December 2013
  • How to screen for sleep studies studies Part 2: The Mallampati Scoring System and Obesity
  • Increasing CVD epidemic
  • Sleep moderates metabolism
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is strongly associated with productive infection by herpesvirus 

Issue 35: TSGQ News - November 2013
  • Is CPAP worth it?
  • Reversibility of brain injury in OSA
  • Helping psychiatric patients with OSA
  • Can Stem Cells be Used to Generate New Lungs?

Issue 34: TSGQ News - October 2013
  • Special on Lung cancer: part 4
  • Early detection may slow the progression of atherosclerotic disease
  • Hypoxia is a predictor of erectile dysfunction
  • Helping psychiatric patients with OSA

Issue 33: TSGQ News - September 2013
  • Special on Lung cancer: part 3
  • Night shift might contribute to cancer
  • Humans Used to Have a '1st' Then '2nd' Sleep
  • OSA and the eye
  • Sleep disorders as a prelude for Alzheimers

Issue 32: TSGQ News - August 2013
  • Special on Lung cancer: part 2
  • Cephalometry: The effectiveness of craniofacial measurements in predicting OSA
  • Rigorous documentation of the link between insulin resistance and circadian disruption
  • Erectile Dysfunction Related To Sleep Apnea May Persist, But Is Treatable

Issue 31: TSGQ News - July 2013
  • Special on Lung cancer: part 1
  • A review of sleep related movements disorders
  • Opinion on cause of obesity influences BMI
  • New information on contributors to cardiogenic lung oedema
  • OSA may contribute to poor control of asthma

Issue 30: TSGQ News - June 2013
  • Circadian Rhythm Determination
  • Tobacco Statistics 2013
  • Humans Used to Have a '1st' Then '2nd' Sleep
  • Prednisolone Induces Changes in Gene Expression in Asthma Patients
  • How to Screen for Sleep Studies - Part 1

Issue 29: TSGQ News - May 2013
  • Vitamin D and Sleep Disturbance
  • Less pollution related deaths from Nuclear fuel
  • Hypocretin - the secret to happiness?
  • Cardio-pulmonary Exercise Testing explained

Issue 28: TSGQ News - April 2013
  • Driving tired is like driving drunk
  • High Dose Vitamin D to treat RTI's
  • A New Vision From the ERS
  • Provent to Prevent SDB?

Issue 27: TSGQ News - March 2013
  • Non-CPAP, non-surgical therapies for OSA
  • Influenza Season 2013
  • 'ISR' treatment for chronic insomnia
  • The US Approves New Treatment for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Issue 26: TSGQ News - February 2013
  • Surgical therapies in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of lung cancer related death by 1000%
  • Boosting sleep slows 'memory rot'
  • New Tuberculosis vaccine not effective in infants
  • Senior pilots less suited to long-haul flights

Issue 25: TSGQ News - January 2013
  • Dentists can screen for OSA
  • Summer heat wave affecting sleep quality and productivity
  • World Cancer Day 2013
  • Atitudes to smoking cessation

Issue 24: TSGQ News - December 2012
  • A cure for jetlag?
  • What exactly can we learn in sleep?
  • Diazepam Suppresses Central Sleep Apnoea in Rats
  • Rapid risk assessment of obstructive sleep apnoea in the primary care setting
  • Stress-related Insomnia. How effective are herbal remedies?
  • What effects does smoking have on the mind?

Issue 23: TSGQ News - November 2012
  • New links between OSA and cardiac diseases
  • A review of sleep monitoring devices
  • Paradoxical insomnia
  • Sleep disorders and pregnancy
  • Interpreting Spirometry

Issue 22: TSGQ News - September 2012
  • Post operative complications in patients with OSA
  • The impact of sleep disorders on PTSD
  • Trans-oral robotic surgery
  • Nasal APAP and associated obstructive sleep apnoea symptoms
  • Pollution and respiratory health

Issue 21: TSGQ News - August 2012
  • Practice Parameters for the treatment of RLS and PLMD
  • Sleep, Cognition and Caffeine
  • Insomnia is a predictor for depression development
  • To nap or not to nap?
  • How light pollution affects your sleep
  • Disparities in end of life care for COPD patients

Issue 20: TSGQ News - June/July 2012
  • Sleep apnoea and athletes
  • Stress Down Day
  • Suvorexant and its effects on insomnia
  • The cardiovascular effects of OSA
  • OSA and the link to pro-inflammatory markers
  • Injectable O2

Issue 19: TSGQ News - May 2012
  • World Parkinsons Day
  • Sleeping disorders and weight gain
  • Cognitive behavioural approaches to the treatment of insomnia
  • Insulin resistance and OSA in women with PCOS
  • How does a sleep physician consultation affect CPAP compliance
  • Revised national medical standards for driver licensing
  • Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension: Prognostic impact of follow-up assessments

Issue 18: TSGQ News - April Easter Special 2012
  • World Parkinsons Day
  • Sleeping disorders and weight gain
  • Cognitive behavioural approaches to the treatment of insomnia
  • Insulin resistance and OSA in women with PCOS
  • How does a sleep physician consultation affect CPAP compliance
  • Revised national medical standards for driver licensing
  • Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension: Prognostic impact of follow-up assessments

Issue 17: TSGQ News - March 2012
  • Sleep Disturbance and Suicide
  • OSA and Diabetes
  • Co-morbities of Insomnia
  • The Effects of Epilepsy on Sleep
  • Organic Dust inhalation
  • Wine and FVC function

Issue 16: TSGQ News - February 2012
  • Occupational screening programs needed for safety critial occupations
  • Asperger's Syndrome and sleep
  • Hypoglossial nerve stimalation as an alternative to CPAP

Issue 15: TSGQ News - November 2011
  • Alzheimer’s And Sleep
  • Emerging Epigenetic Research In The Development Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Metabolic Consequences Of Sleep Deprivation
  • Recognising the Symptoms of Sleepiness
  • 8 tips to Better Manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Issue 14: TSGQ News - October 2011
  • Latest Asthma, COPD and OSA Statistics
  • Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge for Diabetes and Heart Health
  • World Habitat Day
  • The Cancer Council's "Girls Night In" October
  • Suicide Prevention Day

Issue 13: TSGQ News - September 2011
  • World Heart Day
  • International Day of Peace - 5 tips for better sleep
  • Sleep Disorders and Suicide
  • Developments for Monitoring and Control of Asthma in Adolescents
  • National Stroke Week
  • Why is it important for me to treat my obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?

Issue 12: TSGQ News - August 2011
  • The Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Increased Bone Resorpotion in Men
  • New Developments in Lung Cancer Research
  • Childhood Disorders that have Adult Consequences
  • Our Education Teams for your Medical Practice
  • Why is it important for me to treat my Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?

Issue 11: TSGQ News - July 2011
  • Sleep Apnoea - Lav vs Home Testing
  • Sleep and Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorders and Anxiety
  • Increased Immunity to Colds makes Asthma Worse
  • 6 Tips for Helping Your Patients Cope With CPAP

Issue 10: TSGQ News - June 2011
  • Tax Deductions with new CPAP Machines
  • Go Red For Women
  • Men's Health Week
  • World Environment Day

Issue 9: TSGQ News - May 2011
  • Depression and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
  • World Asthma Day
  • Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
  • Our Education Teams for your Medical Practice
  • A healthy heart and a healthy sleep
  • How do I adjust my Humidifier for Winter?

Issue 8: TSGQ News - April 2011
  • World Day for Work Health and Safety
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • The Carbon Footprint and your Medical Practice
  • Our Education Teams for your Medical Practice
  • Electronic Forms for your practice
  • How do I care for my CPAP devices filter?

Issue 7: TSGQ News - March 2011
  • Sleep Apnoea and Eye Disease
  • Sleep Apnoea and Seizures
  • Leukemia and Lung Infections

Issue 6: TSGQ News - February 2011
  • 'Organic Toxic Dust Syndrome' after the QLD Floods
  • World Cancer Day and Lung Cancer Screening
  • World Diabetes Day
  • How will you be able to perform a sleep study on me if I don't sleep?

Issue 5: TSGQ News - Best of 2010
  • Sleep Deprivation and Depression
  • Melatonin Therapy for Insomnia
  • Sleep and Driving
  • Pulmonary Function and Diabetes

Issue 4: TSGQ News - December 2010
  • Insomnia and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Melatonin Therapy for Insomnia
  • Tart Cherries and Insomnia
  • Air Pollution and Lung Health

Issue 3: TSGQ News - November 2010
  • Men's Health
  • OSA & Diabetes
  • Sleep and Driving
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Issue 2: TSGQ News - October 2010
  • Sleep Deprivation and Depression
  • Cognitive Function after Sleep Deprivation
  • Pulmonary Function and Diabetes

Issue 1: TSGQ News - September 2010
  • OSA & Cardiomyopathy
  • Sleep Disorders & Stroke
  • Asthma & FeNO Testing
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