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Often times when we can’t sleep or we feel tired throughout the day, there are common “quick fixes” which we use to help us fall asleep easier and give us an extra boost in the morning. However, some of these habits can often be detrimental to your sleep health, affecting you not just at night, but throughout the day as well.

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New research has found that the less we sleep in midlife, the faster our brains can decline and lead to cognitive impairment in old age.

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“What is happening in YOUR sleep?!? How can you really know? Ever thought of using a sleep app? There are some misunderstandings to what data is relevant when using sleep apps so understanding the limitations are IMPORTANT. "It is always recommended to follow up with a sleep study to be sure nothing is missed. “

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A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) may raise the risk of osteoporosis, particularly among women or older individuals, according to a new study. OSA is a condition that causes brief interruptions in breathing during sleep. If left untreated, OSA can raise the risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.  New research shows that OSA may also increase the risk of osteoporosis.

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Insomnia predisposes individuals to increased risk of stroke and this association is profound among young adults – up to eight times greater among insomniacs 18 to 34 years old.  The results of a recent study underscore the clinical importance of identifying and treating insomnia.

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Heavy drinking damages the body in many ways. In addition to liver failure, alcoholics are at a much greater risk of developing pneumonia and life threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), for which there is no treatment. Researchers suspect that alcoholics are more susceptible to these lung diseases because the immune system in the lung is no longer strong enough to protect from infection and damage, but, it had been unclear why the immune system in the lung fails.

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Brochures

Below are some Educational Brochures on a range of sleep and respiratory disorders. These brochures have been developed with both patients and medical specialists in mind.

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About Us (2.4MB)

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Sleep and Driving (1.19MB)

pwomenandsleep  

Sleep and Women (1.23MB)

psleepandheartdisease

Sleep and Heart Disease (1.21MB)

psleepandstroke

Sleep and Stroke (1.21MB)

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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (1.21MB)

pathletesandasthma

Athletes and Asthma (690KB)

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (722KB)

pasthmaandfeno

Fractional Expired Nitric Oxide (FeNo) (1.21MB)

PAHScleroderma  

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and Scleroderma (0.61MB)

pahcover  

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (2.61MB)

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Sleep and Depression (2.61MB)

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Sleep and Diabetes (1.36MB)

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Sleep Health and the Mining Industry (2.6MB)

 

Below are two powerpoint presentations prepared by Dr Andrew Scott and Dr John Feenstra. These were presented to GP's during the Wesley Hospital's Clinical Weekend seminars on Acute Medicine.

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Dr Andrew Scott: Eye Disease and Sleep Apnoea. (1.21MB)

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Dr John Feenstra: Sleep and Driving (2.0MB)

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