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TSGQ registered nurse and polysomnographic technician Travis Bell joined 612 ABC radio presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine to discuss sleep disorders on 2nd February 2015.

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Scientists have found that that activation of cholinergic neurons - those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improved treatment of sleep disorders.

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Going to bed early could help individuals avoid repetitive negative thinking, according to a recent study. According to the authors, repetitive negative thinking is "defined as an abstract, perseverative, negative focus on one's problems and experiences that is difficult to control."

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In a recent US study results indicated that poor sleep may be an early warning sign for addictive and “regretful” behaviour; such as alcohol problems, illicit drug abuse and sexual behaviour. US researchers reviewed the sleep patterns of 6500 adolescents in combination with drug and alcohol habits, between 1994 and 2002.

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Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have discovered a link between sleep loss and cell injury. Results of a new study find sleep deprivation causes the damage to cells, especially in the liver, lung, and small intestine. Recovery sleep following deprivation heals the damage.

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New research confirms that sleep disturbances are linked to pain and depression, but not disability, among patients with osteoarthritis (OA).  Results from a new study found that poor sleep increases depression and disability, but does not worsen pain over time.

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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

Download Sleep Diary (114kb)

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