Seeking High profile person with sleep health interest

Do you have a patient, colleague or friend who could become a 'champion' for sleep disorders and sleep issues? The person we are looking for should be well known in Australia and have a media profile. The Sleep Health Foundation is interested in working with such a person to help promote awareness

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Canberra Meetings Update

As promised in the recent Foundation e-newsletter here is an update on the meetings I recently attended in Canberra with colleagues from the Australasian Sleep Association.

Parliamentary Seminar
On March 19 the Foundation and the ASA presented a seminar entitled “Poor Sleep: A Challenge to

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Employee Smartphone Usage, Sleep and Productivity

Smartphones are ubiquitous in modern life. They are an essential tool for communication, information storage and retrieval as well as entertainment. Many organisations supply smartphones, as well as similar technology (e.g. tablet PCs and laptops) to their employees in order improve productivity

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School time sleep routine tips

Back to School sleep tips.

Now is the time to start getting your children back into the school time sleep routine. 

Top tips for getting into a back-to-school sleep schedule:

  • Move bedtimes up by 30 minutes each night until you’ve hit the target time for bed.
  • Turn off the television

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Are some insomnia symptoms easier to treat than others?

Many insomnia symptoms are readily treated with interventions such as encouraging, teaching, and reinforcing healthy behaviours, as well as eliminating poor sleep habits that contribute to sleep difficulties.

A simple example: removal of technology from the bedroom and eliminating computer use one

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Sleep and mental health

Life constantly throws up challenges and difficulties. Resilience is the ability to manage and cope with these. It is believed that having enough sleep is an important factor in our ability to deal with adversity and the demands of a busy life. Sleep in many respects is a built in biological source

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: How Does It Affect Sleep?

Researchers at Australia's Victoria University Professor Dorothy Bruck and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Melinda Jackson have conducted a review of research related to sleep and chronic fatigue. Their analysis sheds some light on possible reasons for poor sleep among patients with chronic

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Chill Out: Disturbed Sleep

Poor sleep affects mood & mind.

Chill out: disturbed sleep plays havoc with your mood and mind.

This article has been reproduced with the permission of the author and The Conversation.
A poll by Lifeline indicated almost two-thirds of Australians reported sleep loss because of stress

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Senate recognises importance of Sleep Health

Canberra was a busy place on Thursday 27 June.  While you are all aware of events later in the day, you should also know that a very important moment in the sleep health of our country occurred earlier, in the Senate.  A motion, sponsored by Senator John Madigan and his colleagues

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Technology & Sleep

For quite some time now we have heard about how technology is bad for sleep. Staring at blue light emitting devices such as televisions, computers, tablet PCs and smart phones can all reduce the production of melatonin (our natural sleeping hormone) at night, causing increased sleeping difficulties

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Sleep and happiness

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 if you are not an anxious person.
  •  If you have a regular pattern of poor

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$70m Boost for Sleep Research

Prime Minister, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

The Gillard Government will invest over $70 million to help Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) improve the lives of Australians by driving world class research in areas including cell therapy, autism, eye care in

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