• Sleep Apnoea linked to Memory Loss: Study

    17th Apr 15

    Dr Maree Barnes,  the incoming president of the Australasian Sleep Association talks about Sleep Apnoea and Memory Loss. Listen to the conversation here

  • ResMed/SHF Scholarship

    15th Apr 15

    The ResMed Foundation/Sleep Health Foundation Research Entry Scholarship for 2015 has been awarded to Dr Anna Mohammadieh, ASA Member. Dr Mohammadieh will be using the Scholarship to research 'The Relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Atrial Fibrillation'.

    The Australasian Sleep Association congratulates Dr Mohammadieh and looks forward to seeing the results of her efforts in the future.

  • Australasian Sleep Association & Australian Psychological Society

    14th Apr 15

    As a member of the BMSD subcommittee I have been involved in coordinating the content for the APS Practice Certificate in Sleep Psychology. A working party was formed from within this subcommittee to meet with the APS Institute in late 2013 to plan the development and launch of an online certificate.

  • Health Check: here’s what you need to know about sleep apnoea

    7th Apr 15

    Sleep apnoea is a condition where people repeatedly stop breathing while asleep. People with sleep apnoea often complain of daytime sleepiness, difficulties concentrating, and they tend to have high blood pressure. The people around them usually complain about their nightly snoring, gasping, and choking noises.

  • Normal sleep needed to break cycle of abuse: child expert

    31st Mar 15

    Abused children need help to sleep normally again if we are to break the abuse cycle, a child expert says.

    Otago University's Wellington paediatrics department head Professor Dawn Elder says social workers and doctors working with families where there has been violence should always check whether the children are sleeping well.

  • The maths to a healthy sleep and how to calculate what you need

    30th Mar 15

    According to a recent Sleep Health Foundation study, around 30 per cent of Australians complain of insufficient sleep on a daily or near-daily basis.

    Chair Professor David Hillman said a lack of sleep or too much of the wrong sort of sleep was causing the issue.

    "The big national problem is not enough sleep rather than too much, although there are exceptions to that," he told 702 ABC Sydney's Dominic Knight.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eat, Sleep, Work

    9th Mar 15

    Dr Jill Dorrian, researcher at the University of South Australia, is editor-in-chief of a new journal called "Eat, Sleep, Work", which has the aim of showcasing high quality research of students and early career researchers investigating the impact of lifestyle on the brain, the body, and the environment.

    The journal "Eat, Sleep, Work" is open for submissions and publishes full articles, reviews, short reports and case studies.

  • Sleep apps may leave you sleepless, health experts warn

    3rd Mar 15

    "Pouring over data on your sleep can be fun and may even shed some light on how you sleep, but there can be a downside," says Dr Siobhan Banks, a Senior Researcher at the Sleep Health Foundation.

    “These monitors might give you false reassurance or worse still, more anxiety about not getting 'enough' sleep that can lead to yet more troubles with sleeping."

  • Shift workers pay a heavy price for abnormal sleep patterns

    2nd Mar 15

    Australian researchers believe there could be a link between night work and obesity, and are using a time isolation facility to test their theory.

  • Alcohol and Sleep

    19th Jan 15

    Having a drink before bedtime might make you fall asleep a little faster. But the sleep you get after imbibing may not be so restful, finds a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

    Building upon earlier research, Christian Nicholas and his colleagues at the University of Melbourne found that alcohol just before sleep can lead to poorer quality slumber.

  • Sleep: The unascertained necessity

    10th Dec 14

    “There is good evidence that sleep acts like a glue that holds memories together – that it’s important for memory consolidation, and the flip side, forgetting,” says Associate Professor Kurt Lushington, director of the Centre for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia.

  • NHMRC Recipients

    24th Oct 14

    On 17 October 2014, the outcomes of several major National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia funding schemes were announced. A total of 8 sleep and circadian related project grants were awarded.

  • Snoring likely to be in your genes

    9th Oct 14

    Dr Michael Hlavac, NZ Branch Committee chairman of the Australasian Sleep Association and director of the sleep unit at Christchurch Hospital, said about 20 per cent of adults had sleep apnoea. It was twice as common in men.

  • Lack of sleep creates false memories

    25th Jul 14

    Next time you're arguing black and blue with someone who is assuring you you're wrong, consider how much sleep you've been getting.

  • Interrupted Sleep Can Be As Harmful As No Sleep

    10th Jul 14

    A new study, published in the journal Sleep Medicine, explains why interrupted sleep can be as physically detrimental as no sleep at all.

  • To cry or not to cry

    1st Jul 14

    Interesting sleep related information from associated professional group [Australian Psychological Society]. Dr Sarah Blunden reviews the current evidence and practice of managing behavioural sleep issues and crying in infants and discusses the pro/con of the available interventions.

  • Psychologist questions teen screen advice

    18th Jun 14

    An hour of screen time immediately before bed is fine for most teenagers, according to research by an Australian university.

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    17th Apr 15

    Dr Maree Barnes,  the incoming president of the Australasian Sleep Association talks about Sleep Apnoea and Memory Loss. Listen to the conversation here

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  • ResMed/SHF Scholarship

    15th Apr 15

    The ResMed Foundation/Sleep Health Foundation Research Entry Scholarship for 2015 has been awarded to Dr Anna Mohammadieh, ASA Member. Dr Mohammadieh will be using the Scholarship to research 'The Relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Atrial Fibrillation'.

    The Australasian Sleep Association congratulates Dr Mohammadieh and looks forward to seeing the results of her efforts in the future.

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    14th Apr 15

    As a member of the BMSD subcommittee I have been involved in coordinating the content for the APS Practice Certificate in Sleep Psychology. A working party was formed from within this subcommittee to meet with the APS Institute in late 2013 to plan the development and launch of an online certificate.

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