Insomnia / Poor Sleep

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    How do older people sleep differently?

    Most people sleep between 7 and 9 hours each day. However, they may not get all their sleep at night. Around 4 in 10 older people have at least one 30-minute nap every day. Most people over the age of 80 nap for more than one hour each day. At

  • Anxiety and Sleep

    The Most Important Things to Know About Anxiety and Sleep

    • If you are a ""worrier"", you are at greater risk of having insomnia.
    • Worrying about your sleep can make it worse. This may create a vicious cycle of poor sleep and worrying.
    • Worrying may disturb your sleep even you
  • Caffeine sleep

    Caffeine and Sleep

    Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance that affects the brain and behaviour. It can be found in many different drinks and foods. This includes tea, coffee, chocolate and soft drinks. Caffeine is also found in some medications.

    Caffeine promotes alertness by inhibiting

  • CaffeineAlcohol

    How can caffeine affect my sleep?

    Caffeine is a drug that acts as a stimulant, both mentally and physically. It is found in many drinks and foods that are common in our everyday life. These include tea, coffee, chocolate and cola drinks. Many people do not think of it as a drug. It can be bad

  • Common Reasons

    1. Taking sleep for granted

    Many people do not realize how important sleep is. Instead, they may think of it as a waste of time. Time spent in bed asleep is time well spent. There are many very important things that the brain needs to do while asleep. These include forming memories and going

  • Depression

    I think I’m depressed, how do I know?
    If you keep feeling hopeless, helpless and sad, then you could have clinical depression. You may have low motivation and low energy. It might seem like there is no joy in life anymore. Changes in how you sleep and eat are also a sign of depression. Some

  •  GoodSleepHabits

    1. What are good sleep habits?
    Good sleep habits are often referred to as good sleep hygeine. There are many things that can be done to improve sleep. Here, we will give you some guidelines for what you should and should not do for a good night's sleep. Many people have trouble with their

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    Why try herbs to help your sleep?

    About 40% of people use alternative or complementary medicines at least occasionally. This can be for many reasons, including problems with sleep. Some people who are concerned about using sleeping pills will turn to herbal remedies to help them sleep (see our

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    Many people dread summer because of the problems they experience on the hot nights. There are some things that you can do to help (short of installing air conditioning).

    Skin temperature is the key
    Research has found the ideal sleeping temperature is around 17 to 19 degrees Celsius. If this level

  • Insomnia updated

    1. What is insomnia?
    Insomnia is said to be present when you regularly find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. It has several patterns. You may have trouble getting to sleep initially. Or even if you can fall asleep, you might not be able to stay asleep for as long as you would like. Also you

  • Click here to view a fact sheet about Insomnia in simplified Chinese.


     These translated fact sheets were funded by a grant from the Australian Chinese Community Foundation.

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    Why nap?

    If we don’t have enough good quality sleep, we may feel tired and sleepy during the day. This can make it difficult to do our normal daily activities. Naps may help to make us more alert, active and better able to cope during the day.

    When can naps be good?
    Sometimes we know in advance

  • Click below to view a fact sheet about Older People and Sleep in simplified Chinese.



    These translated fact sheets were funded by a grant from the Australian Chinese Community Foundation.

  • PTSDandSleep

    How might PTSD affect sleep?

    There are many sleep problems that may be associated with PTSD. For more information on the disorders metioned below see the relevant fact sheets on our website.

    • The extreme anxiety of PTSD (caused by trauma or catastrophe) can seriously disrupt sleep. In some
  • CommonMistakes

    1. Not going to bed and getting up at consistent times each day
    Some of us can get away with changing the times we go to bed and get up. However many people cannot. These people do far better with regular hours of sleep. This lets our internal body clock build a strong sleep wake cycle. Going to

  • SleepMyths

    Myth 1: The brain shuts down and is inactive during sleep
    In fact, the brain is very busy during sleep. Among other things, it sorts and processes information on what was going on that day. Then it cements these into your long term memory. This is a vital for learning and memory.

    Myth 2: You can

  •  technology

    How can technology use affect us at bedtime?

    • The bright screen light from devices can cause increased alertness
    • Activities on such devices can be stimulating and make us less ready to sleep
    • People can become absorbed and continue using technology beyond their usual bedtime

    How long

  • PoorSleep

    1.       Maximise your sleep drive

    Your sleep drive (or pressure for sleep) is low in the morning when you wake up and rises steadily across the waking hours so that it should be high at bedtime. It is usually easiest to fall asleep when your sleep drive is high