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Health professionals around the world are becoming alarmed by the rapid growth rate of the e-cigarette industry, with the product being so new to the market that research into their long term health effects does not exist. Talks held in Melbourne by government funded VicHealth highlighted concerns for the unregulated industry overseas targeting the younger population.

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On September 28th someone could die……….Who will be the victim in The Simpsons season 26 premiere “Clown in the Dumps”? Homer Simpson, who has a newly-diagnosed sleep disorder could be a likely candidate. With a portly build and a large neck circumference, television’s most famous cartoon dad has long fit the profile of a person at-risk for sleep apnoea.

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Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory.  A new study found that participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to distort the details of a simulated burglary they were shown in a series of images. "People who repeatedly get low amounts of sleep every night could be more prone in the long run to develop these forms of memory distortion," one researcher said. "It's not just a full night of sleep deprivation that puts them at risk."

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Up to 70% of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. A new article discusses the underlying causes of sleep problems in PD and describes the most appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment options.

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People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. Those who have the hardest time shaking the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of, research suggests. While the number of Australians who smoke declines, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag.

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Are you having trouble sleeping, snoring, waking tired or unrefreshed, and becoming excessively sleepy throughout the day? A home based sleep study may be an appropriate option for you. Medicare offers rebates for one (1) home based sleep study per year.

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TSGQ Sleep Diary

This sleep diary should be completed during the two weeks immediately prior to a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) or a maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT). The diary consists of fourteen 24 hour graphs.  Please bring the completed diary with you when you attend the overnight study before your MSLT or MWT.

At bedtime, just before turning out the lights, record the following daily activities using the appropriate symbols at the appropriate time (Note: MN - midnight; MD – midday)

F Food
C Caffeine one “C” for each cup of tea, coffee or Coke
A Alcohol one “A” for each glass
NB Beginning of nap
NE End of nap
M Medication (ie: sleeping pill, sedative, regular medication)
Time you turned out lights to go to sleep

After your final morning wakening, but before getting out of bed, record the following:

  • Draw a thick line over the times you were asleep overnight.  Leave gaps for any time you were awake.
  • Mark the time at which you finally awoke and did not return to sleep with the appropriate symbol:
S Woke spontaneously
AL Woken by alarm or other stimuli
Time you actually got out of bed
  • In column A, estimate the time (in minutes) that it took to fall asleep after lights out
  • In column B, estimate the total amount of time spent awake (if at all) during the night (AFTER initially falling asleep and BEFORE finally waking)
  • Use the comments section below the sleep graphs to note any events which may affect your sleep

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