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Issue 4: December 2010
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Do you find it difficult to get to sleep Christmas Eve?

Try warming up some of Santa's milk before bed.

Merry Christmas!

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In Other News

Jet Lag: What Is It?

We have all heard of Jet Lag but what is it really? We go deeper and explain its true causes and how circadian rhythms affect sleep and how it can influence other sleep disorders. read more

Big Sleep Survey Update

Preliminary results are in from the Big Sleep Survey 2010 and the results make for interesting reading! read more

Sleep Facts You Might Not Know About

Did you know you unknowingly swallow 4 spiders per year whilst asleep? This and other sleep facts inside! read more

Sleeping Habits: Health and Lifestyle Consequences

Bad sleep habits (hygiene) can have a serious impact on your relationships and your health, but there are some simple solutions you can try for a better night sleep. read more

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Do you have a specific Thoracic or Sleep related question? Want to find out more about how we help our patients? Or do you have some feedback on our services?

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Dear Doctors,

Anyone preparing holiday festivities knows that all that hustle and bustle can put a damper on a good night's sleep.
As a family doctor you no doubt will provide sound advice on how best to minimise this disruption to sleep – including recommending avoiding excessive alcohol intake, regular exercise routines, avoiding caffeine especially after lunch, and planning your holidays ahead of time.
But what can you do for your patients with persistent insomnia? This newsletter is a general guide to assist you. The key messages include:

  1. Offer behavioural and cognitive therapies for insomnia
  2. Discuss and specify the duration of hypnotic medicines use
  3. Trial discontinuation of hypnotic medicines in long-term use
  4. Minimise potential harms of hypnotic medicines by engaging patients/carers in managing sleep difficulties
  5. Explore patient concerns with sleep difficulties — identify and address causes
More information on management is available from the NPS Prescribing Practice Review.

    Sleep Medicine stories
  • Insomnia and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Melatonin therapy for Insomnia
  • Tart Cherries and Insomnia
  • Thoracic Medicine story
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Ask a Scientist
  • How often should I clean my CPAP mask and equipment?

Thank you for reading our e-newsletter in 2010. We wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and look forward bringing you some more interesting Thoracic and Sleep research in 2011.

We wholeheartedly welcome your feedback. You can email the editor with any feedback or suggestions for articles and news at - The Editor

Sleep Medicine News

cognitive behaviourDuring the Christmas season there are many temptations that may disrupt your sleep patterns. Worsening insomnia may result which will impact daytime cognitive, psychological and physical functioning. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may help your patient change their actions or thoughts that can hurt their ability to sleep well. Read more...

insomnia melatoninThe Therapeutic Goods Administration has recently approved the use of a new sedative drug for primary insomnia, called Circadin. The drug is a prolonged-release 2mg Melatonin tablet used to treat primary insomnia short term. It’s indicated for use in older people (above 55 year of age) but studies have not proven the safety of the drug beyond 3 weeks use. Read more...

CherriesTart cherry juice is sold as a natural supplement for insomnia, but does it actually help? Read more...

Thoracic News

Air Pollution and Lung Health
air pollutionA large number of epidemiological studies have shown that daily mortality (mainly from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases) follows the daily fluctuations of air pollution. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has found an increase in total mortality by 0.6% per 10µg.m-3 increase in PM. Read more...

Thoracic & Sleep Group News

Ronaldo Poster World Spirometry DayLast year, the Australian Lung Foundation came out with a startling finding: 3 out of 4 people do not know they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and are therefore not taking the important steps to manage their symptoms and stem the progress of the disease. To help support this global initiative to raise awareness, TSGQ organized free lung health checks for workers, patients and their families at the Wesley Hospital  Read more...

movember photoIn November, the men of TSGQ (now known as TSGQ Mo Bros) got involved with Movember to take part in raising awareness and money for men’s health. The TSGQ Mo Bros all forwent their characteristically clean shaven faces to sport a fuzzier top lip - all with a mission to combat depression and prostate problems in Australian men, conditions strongly linked with sleep disorders.  Read more...

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Ask A Scientist

Kelly Lynch
Kelly Lynch
B.Biomed Sci (Hons) BSc (Microbiology)
CPAP Educator - Thoracic and Sleep Group (QLD)


Q: How often should I clean my mask and CPAP equipment?

A: It is important that your CPAP equipment is cleaned regularly. A few minutes spent each day will improve the lifespan of your equipment and will also ensure that the therapy is hygienic. There are things that you should do, some daily, some weekly, that will help to keep your mask and equipment in optimal condition. read more...

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The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory News


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