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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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Sleep and Other Disorders

There has been a significant amount of sleep research conducted around the world to study the effects of sleep on the body.

Sleep problems do not just affect how tired you feel during the day, they can also have profound effects on your state of being. It can affect how you feel emotionally, it can affect your health directly and at different stages of life can also have direct impacts on your sleep.

Coping with Shiftwork

Sleep and Shiftwork

A main reason that shift work can be challenging to your health and lifestyle is the fact that your body is so sensitive to changes in circadian rhythms, which can affect your health and your quality of sleep.  Coping with Shift Work

Sleep and Depression

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Increasingly, depression is being recognised as a condition that involves how our body functions, how we feel about ourselves and how we respond to events in our lives. Trouble falling asleep and or staying asleep are important features of depression.  Sleep and Depression

Sleep and Heart Disease

Sleep and Heart Disease

Sleep is a time of rest for the entire body.  Even the heart, which works day and night, naturally slows down during sleep. That’s why unhealthy heart function (caused by conditions such as heart disease) can deprive the body of restful sleep.  Yet, the relationship between heart function and sleep works both ways. Sleep and Heart Disease

Sleep and Occupational Health and Safety

Sleep and Occupational Health and SafetyOne of the most riskful hazards in relation to sleep disorders is fatigue. Fatigue is a hazard in the workplace and is 4 times more likely to impair workplace performance than alcohol or drug use. Sleep and Occupational Health and Safety

Sleep and Women

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How well a woman sleeps significantly affects her quality of life.  Recent studies have paid a lot of attention to women’s sleep patterns, needs and special problems.  Did you know, for instance, that women are twice as likely as men to have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep? Sleep and Women

Sleep as we Grow Older

Sleep and Aging

Your hair is turning grey, vision is blurring and fine lines are appearing on your face. Even your sleep patterns seem to shift as you grow older.  While sometimes hard to adjust to, these are all natural changes in older people, even healthy ones.  But make sure you look out for the unhealthy ones! Sleep as we Grow Older

Sleep and Stroke

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Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide.

The relationship between sleep disorders and stroke is important. Strokes can lead to sleep problems, and some sleep problems can increase the risk of stroke. Sleep and Stroke

Sleep and Driving

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A range of medical conditions (mental and physical) may adversely affect your ability to drive safely, and could result in a crash causing death or injury. This includes sleep apnoea, and other sleep disorders. Sleep and Driving

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