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Sleep apnoea may make it hard for you to remember simple things, such as where you parked your car or left your house keys, a small study suggests.

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Researchers believe that disrupted circadian clocks are the reason that shift workers experience higher incidences of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. The body's primary circadian clock, which regulates sleep and eating, is in the brain. But other body tissues also have circadian clocks, including the liver, which regulates blood glucose levels.

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In recent research is has been found that disruption to rapid eye-movement (REM) sleep caused by sleep apnoea, may affect an individual’s capacity to form new spatial memories.

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Office workers with more light exposure at work had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace.

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Can you be sleep deprived without knowing it? Sleep is not always prioritised however the implications can be devastating. Even one night sleep deprived can be impacting your body on a variety of different levels; physically and psychologically. The only way to know if you are getting consolidated sleep is to monitor with specialised equipment what is happening when you are asleep.

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In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue. Study paticipant reports of sleep disorder frequency, sleep patterns and complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness suggest that sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic in the MS population.

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Breathing Information

Asthma and Athletes

Asthma and Athletes

Many athletes struggle with competition due to having asthma. Exercise is in fact one of the most common triggers of an asthma attack. There are different ways however, to manage asthma that is triggered by exercise and having your asthma under control can will allow you to continue to play and breathe easily. Asthma and athletes

Asbestos and the Lungs

photo_asbestos150Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used for over 4500 years and is one of the most useful and versatile materials known to mankind. It is also a banned substance in Australia due to its dangerous effects on the lungs and its proven connection to lung cancer and Asbestosis. Asbestos and the Lungs

Bronchoscopy

photo_bronch150A bronchoscopy involves the use of a flexible fibreoptic (video) scope to examine the main airways of your lungs. The bronchoscope will be inserted into your lungs through your mouth, however you will be given sedatives and anesthetic so you will not feel a thing. Bronchoscopy

Asthma and Diving

asthmadivingThe bronchial narrowing in asthma has two effects: one is to decrease the amount of air that can be moved in and out of the lungs. This can reduce exercise capacity - especially for a diver - due to the external resistance of his breathing apparatus and the increased gas density at depth. Asthma and Diving

Home Oxygen THerapy

photo_homeo2150The aim of home oxygen therapy is to increase the levels of oxygen in the blood, relax the blood vessels in the lungs and to avoid the long term conditions that chronic low oxygen levels can cause. Home Oxygen Therapy

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