Medical Journal of Australia

Sleep disorders: a practical guide for Australian health care practitioners.

A major investment of both time and money has seen the publication of a Medical Journal of Australia supplement on Sleep Disorders. It is intended that this will become a major tool in the education of health professionals on the importance of sleep health, as well as diagnosis and best practice treatment of sleep disorders. The supplement is now available on the SHF website. To view or download, please click here.


Generally, the body is programmed to sleep best overnight and to be most alert during the day and early evening. If you work night shift, it might not be easy to sleep enough or to sleep well during the day. If you start work very early in the morning, it might be hard to sleep in the evening.

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