Insomnia & Sleep Health

Mission Statement

To act as a focus for those members of the ASA who have an interest in Insomnia and its treatment. Insomnia is a common and distressing difficulty in falling asleep, going back to sleep or waking too early.

 

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Additional Information

General Information about Insomnia [link]

Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders [link]

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome [link]

Health Professionals Information [link]

Latest News

  • Cognitive Strategies in the Treatment of Insomnia: Why and When?

    19th Mar 15

    Registration for the next ASA webinar is now open! The webinar will be presented by Dr Melissa Ree.

    For more information click here

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  • Drinking alcohol before going to sleep reduces chances of feeling rest

    17th Mar 15

    Although drinking alcohol before bed can induce drowsiness, it is proven to disrupt the quality of rest and have negative effects on brain function the next day, according to new research.

    Scientists say that, although drinking alcohol can act as a sedative, it can increase activity in the frontal section of the brain and hamper the chances of deep restorative sleep.

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  • Melatonin and Children

    16th Mar 15

    Woolcock Institute of Medical Research paediatric sleep specialist Dr Chris Seton said melatonin was a better alternative to the antidepressants and blood pressure medication that some parents are using and which caused severe side effects.

    Australasian Sleep Association board member Sadasivam Suresh said studies had been conducted into melatonin and none had found it to be unsafe, but more evidence into its long term effects was needed. As a paediatrician, he prescribed it for short-term use.

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