• Losing sleep kills brain cells

    21st Mar 14

    Not getting enough sleep could cause up to 25 percent of certain brain cells to die, according to US scientists.

    The team from the University of Pennsylvania kept lab mice awake to simulate working night shifts, giving them three days with only four to five hours sleep per 24 hours.

  • World Sleep Day – Friday 14th March - Targets Children

    13th Mar 14

    ASA & SHF Media Release for World Sleep Day

    "You need a good night's sleep if you want to grow strong, think clearly and feel good," says sleep researcher Dr Sarah Biggs, coordinator of the event co-hosted by the Australasian Sleep Association and Sleep Health Foundation.

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  • The upslope of nocturnal melatonin profiles

    10th Feb 14

    A Flinders University study compared nocturnal melatonin profiles of individuals with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder and normal sleepers during a 22-hour modified constant routine involving constant bed rest in dim light (<10 lux). 

     

  • It's the thought that counts with sleep

    31st Jan 14

    Lack of sleep is a pretty common complaint. Excuses for sleep deprivation include anything from having a newborn baby to drinking too much coffee, and we are constantly trying to play "catch up" for those extra hours of shut eye.

    There is also plenty or research on the negative impact a lack of sleep can have, including possible links to the development of diabetes and poor study results for students.

  • Study reduces burden on tired families

    17th Dec 13

    SLEEP-deprived parents may soon have a way to work out if their child is getting adequate amounts of shut eye.

    For the first time Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has tracked the sleeping patterns of 10,000 children aged four months to nine years.

  • UCLA sleep apnea study uncovers more hidden dangers for women

    3rd Dec 13

    There’s more bad news for women with sleep apnea. A new study from the UCLA School of Nursing shows that the body’s autonomic responses — the controls that impact such functions as blood pressure, heart rate and sweating — are weaker in people with obstructive sleep apnea but are even more diminished in women.

  • Early to bed and early to rise

    25th Nov 13

    Regular bedtimes make for well-rested children, writes Sarah Biggs. An Australian study of almost 2000 school-aged children recently showed that, when compared with a child with the same bedtime (less than 30 minutes difference across the week), a child with a 60-minute difference was twice as likely to display hyperactive behaviours and have problems controlling their emotions.

  • Government will dump cap on self-education expenses

    6th Nov 13

    Treasurer Joe Hockey says the Government will ditch or change tax measures proposed by the previous Labor government at a cost of $3.1 billion to the budget, including a contentious cap on self-education expenses.

  • Are you a secret sleep texter?

    6th Nov 13

    Have you ever woken up to find you have sent a text message, but don't recall sending it? Perhaps it was a drunken mistake, but what if you are a secret sleep texter, regularly sending out messages in your sleep?

    Sleep texting is the new sleep walking. It is increasing, says Dr David Cunnington, sleep physician and director of the Melbourne Sleep Disorder Centre.

  • NHMRC Funding Schemes

    29th Oct 13

    On the 23rd of October 2013 the outcomes of several major National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia funding schemes were announced. Dr Craig Phillips was awarded a highly competitive Career Development Fellowship and there were a total of 10 sleep and circadian related project grants awarded totalling over $6.5 million. Congratulations to all involved. For further details please refer to the NHMRC website (http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/outcomes-funding-rounds) or to this document which highlights sleep and circadian related projects to be funded in 2014.

  • OPINION: Sleepy teens hit the bum notes in life

    28th Oct 13

    Blink and these exhausted, overstimulated youngsters will be adults charged with making ­responsible decisions, whether they're equipped to or not.

    Young people who don't get enough sleep miss out on major developmental milestones that enable empathy, respect, reasoning and self-control.

  • Sleep-deprived Aussies 'tired and grumpy

    23rd Oct 13

    It's a nightmare! Millions of sleep-deprived Australians wake up unrefreshed and spend their days feeling tired and grumpy. And up to a third regularly struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, according to a survey of 1500 people featured in a Medical Journal of Australia article.

  • Older women more prone to sleep problems

    19th Oct 13

    Older women have far more sleep problems than men, according to a study that shows many struggle to fall asleep and do not feel rested in the morning.

  • Teenage sleep habits baffle parents, study says

    19th Oct 13

    AUSTRALIAN parents significantly overestimate the amount of sleep their teenagers are getting and underestimate how late they are getting to sleep, says a researcher.

  • Cellphones blamed for poor sleep

    2nd Oct 13

     Dr Michael Hlavac, director of the sleep unit at Christchurch Hospital, said mobiles and other technological devices like iPads were best left outside the bedroom when preparing for a night's rest.

  • The Evolution of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Disorders Program

    20th Sep 13

    The discipline of sleep medicine has evolved from the area of respiratory medicine. The majority of sleep physicians are also qualified as respiratory medicine physicians.

  • New program of Accreditation for Sleep Disorders Services

    20th Sep 13

    In 2012, the ASA (Australasian Sleep Association) Standards were amended to include the principles from the international standard ISO 15189 (2007) Medical laboratories – Particular requirements for quality and competence and were renamed the ASA Standard for Sleep Disorders Services.

  • Upcoming ASA webinar: Oral Appliances & Orthodontic Treatment

    11th Sep 13

    You are invited to join us in our upcoming webinar:

    Topic: An update on oral appliances and orthodontic treatments for the management of OSA
    Presenter: Rob Shea, Vandana Katyal & Joachim Ngiam 
    Date: Wednesday, 25th September 2013
    Time: 8:00pm AEST
    Location: At your computer!
     

  • The secret to a good night's sleep

    9th Sep 13

    If you've ever struggled to fall asleep (and who hasn't?), then you might have been tempted by a quick-fix solution. But there is a simpler answer: light. "Light exposure trains your circadian [sleep-wake cycle] rhythm," says Simon Joosten, a respiratory and sleep medicine physician at Monash Health and Epworth Sleep Centre.

  • New hope to treat misdiagnosed sleep disorder

    3rd Sep 13

    Sleep doctors say many people who are diagnosed with insomnia are actually suffering a condition called delayed sleep phase disorder.

    Physicians say up to 15 per cent of people who are told they have insomnia actually have the disorder, which makes it very hard for people to fall to sleep at night and difficult to get up in the morning.

    Professor Ron Grunstein from the Woolcock Institute in Sydney says it is difficult to diagnose delayed sleep phase disorder.

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  • Losing sleep kills brain cells

    21st Mar 14

    Not getting enough sleep could cause up to 25 percent of certain brain cells to die, according to US scientists.

    The team from the University of Pennsylvania kept lab mice awake to simulate working night shifts, giving them three days with only four to five hours sleep per 24 hours.

    more >

  • World Sleep Day – Friday 14th March - Targets Children

    13th Mar 14

    ASA & SHF Media Release for World Sleep Day

    "You need a good night's sleep if you want to grow strong, think clearly and feel good," says sleep researcher Dr Sarah Biggs, coordinator of the event co-hosted by the Australasian Sleep Association and Sleep Health Foundation.

    Read more

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  • The upslope of nocturnal melatonin profiles

    10th Feb 14

    A Flinders University study compared nocturnal melatonin profiles of individuals with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder and normal sleepers during a 22-hour modified constant routine involving constant bed rest in dim light (<10 lux). 

     

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