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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 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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