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The Wall Street Journal reported recently on the topic of sleep deprivation as to which cities around the World are the most and least sleep deprived. Brisbane leads the way with the earliest bed time and earliest wake up time.

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According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours.

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As we get older there is a strong relationship between reduced amount and quality of sleep. Recent research has found specific cluster of neurons that have linked insomnia and more sleep fragmentation. The reduction of these neurons can be from normal aging but has also been seen in Alzheimers disease.

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A bedtime routine might sound like something that's only necessary for the grade-school set, but following a nightly schedule can greatly improve the sleep of adults, too. Sleep experts recommend establishing a bedtime routine, both to calm and relax you as you get ready to sleep and so you aren't inadvertently giving yourself jet lag.

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Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard," directing signals coming from the outside world or internal memories. Because human brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder typically show disturbances in that switchboard, the investigators say the work suggests new strategies in understanding and treating them.

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The death rate from asthma in Australia has fallen by almost 70 per cent since the 1980s, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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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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