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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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Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are a common condition in today’s society. Suffering sleep problems due to stress, anxiety, noise or discomfort are usually temporary and are not necessarily cause for concern; however there are other disorders that can have significant impacts on your health and quality of life.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common sleeping disorder, characterised by pauses in breathing during sleep. Each pause in breath is called an ‘apnoea’ and in more severe cases can occur hundreds of times a night. It is a problem that, if left untreated, can lead to premature fatality. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a movement disorder. RLS is characterised by an irresistible urge to move and stretch your legs. The more effort put in to keeping them still, the stronger the urge becomes to move them. While symptoms vary, many people say their legs feel “creepy” or “crawly”. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Insomnia

Parasomnias

Insomnia is the inability to initiate or maintain sleep and is the most commonly reported sleep disorder in the western world. Approximately one third of people will suffer from insomnia at one stage of their life. Insomnia

Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythm

Most people have a normal cycle of waking up around 6-7am, being active during usual work hours of 9am-5pm and then becoming sleepy and ready for bed by about 9-10pm. They will sleep for approximately 8 hours before waking up again.

This process is called a circadian rhythm, it is this natural rhythm that gets affected when we work shift work or experience jetlag. Circadian Rhythm

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder defined by constant sleepiness and a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times.

Typically, a person with narcolepsy suffers sleep attacks as well as continual sleepiness and a feeling of tiredness that is not completely relieved by any amount of sleep. Narcolepsy

Parasomnias

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The term ‘parasomnia’  is used in reference to a wide range of disruptive sleep related events, including sleepwalking, night terrors, bedwetting, and bruxism. Parasomnia

Sleep Disorders Brisbane

For assistance with your sleep problems, please contact our Brisbane Sleep Disorder Centre below.

The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre (Brisbane)
Suites 1, 2 and 3
Level 9, Evan Thomson Building
24 Chasely St (The Wesley Hospital)
Auchenflower, Queensland 4066
Phone: 1800 119 446

For people outside Brisbane, we also have a Sleep Disorder Clinic located in the Sunshine Coast.
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