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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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Patient Cases

Matthew Hayden, AM

India_Cover_Pic1_webFormer Australian Cricketer, IPL Player and Host of 'Matthew Hayden's Home Ground'

As a client of Dr Andrew Scott, I toast him and his team – all who of whom are the true unsung hero’s in society today.

I salute Andrew and his colleagues,  who put simply, save peoples lives and help to ensure that they continue to live a full and healthy life.

Andrew personally assisted me with problems I faced during my International Cricket career a few years ago. I hadn’t been feeling that great for some time, and my performances suffered as a result. It was a devastating time for me and my family.

I came to Andrew in February 2005 after being dropped from the One Day International side and was consequently diagnosed with Pleurisy and Pneumonia. Under Andrew’s care, my health turned around within a week which eventually led me back to reselection on the Australia team.

I owe my entire health and general well being to Andrew, who has become a valued member of ‘Team Hayden’ in all the years since. As a professional athlete, your team of trusted advisors is everything,  so I in turn have no hesitation in recommending Dr Andrew Scott, his colleagues and their own support team to those who are seeking first class care and attention in their specialised field.

I wish them well in all regards,

Matthew Hayden AM

Maurice, 60

TSGQ staff were very friendly and effieicent which helped to make the sleep study a positive experience

Steve, 45

I was extremely impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of the technicians working during my time at the sleep disorders centre. They made my stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Brian, 59

Overall positive experience... Helpful, caring and competent staff member who looked after me in room number 1. (Love the cutlery!)

Margo, 76

Very happy with my short stay.

Rob, 43

Staff are great. Extremely informative and helpful and friendly.

Ellis, 59 

Simply the best.

Mike, 54

Yes, no complaints at all, just like home.

 Ailsa, 75

 I am 75 years of age and I HAVE JUST HAD THE MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE OF UNDERGOING A SLEEP STUDY.  I am so impressed by the fact that the young technician was so spot on with his procedure and to put it simply was ‘blown away’ not only with his experience and knowledge but the way in which he treated me and gave me hope for the future, because at this time I am totally  overwhelmed with the fact that the pull on me to fall asleep is so overpowering and life changing.  He is so patient and expert, I feel he is a great asset in this field. He has truly given me hope and has my deepest respect.

Andrew, 41

An unusual, slightly uncomfortable experience made to feel normal by excellent staff, skill, bed manner and efficient admin.

Graham, 44

Keep up the good work, excellent in every aspect.

Brian, 50

Marie-Louise made my overnight stay warm and welcome and her expertise was comforting to discuss improved technology.

Colleen, 68

Staff at administration were helpful, kind and went out of their way for me. Technician was very knowledgeable, kind and very efficient.

Brett, 50

I am very satisfied with the level of expertise shown by all staff. Your sleep study staff are first class.

Joe, 60

All staff were very professional and the technician explained every step of his work. I found this very educational – excellent customer service.

Lindsay, 62

A lot has progressed in 15 years for the better. The experience was excellent and would recommend it.

P, 74

As a carer for my husband it was good I could stay overnight and attend to his needs.

Kim, 40

The staff were fantastic. I am very impressed with the facility.

Brett, 33

Extremely good. Very relaxed and supportive. Staff at all levels were all consistently friendly and knowledgeable.

Michael, 45

The level of expertise and professional demeanor demonstrated by the medical technician, Jayden, was exemlpary. In every aspect I have little hesitance in rating this experience as excellent. The level of cleanliness and comfort of the accommodation and the high level of professionalism contributed to this rating.

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