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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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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 Sunshine Coast

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

The Sunshine Coast Sleep Disorders Centre
Nambour Selangor Private Hospital
Miles Saville Ward
62 Netherton St, Nambour, QLD 4560.
Phone: (07) 5459 7444

For people outside the Sunshine Coast, we also have Sleep Disorder Clinics located in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
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