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:
More information on management is available from the NPS Prescribing Practice Review.
Offer behavioural and cognitive therapies for insomnia
Discuss and specify the duration of hypnotic medicines use
Trial discontinuation of hypnotic medicines in long-term use
Minimise potential harms of hypnotic medicines by engaging patients/carers in managing sleep difficulties
Explore patient concerns with sleep difficulties — identify and address causes
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?
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Sleep Medicine News
INSOMNIA AND COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
During 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...
MELATONIN THERAPY FOR INSOMNIA
The 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...
TART CHERRIES AND INSOMNIA
Tart cherry juice is sold as a natural supplement for insomnia, but does it actually help? Read more...
Air Pollution and Lung Health
A 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
WORLD COPD DAY
Last 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 MEN AT TSGQ
In 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
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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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