• 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.

  • Get the most out of your body clock

    11th Jun 14

    The body clock determines almost all of the body's daily behaviours. In addition to driving our 24-hour sleep-wake cycle, it regulates hormone levels, body temperature, blood pressure, alertness and performance.

  • Interim Approval for Sodium Oxybate

    4th Jun 14

    We are pleased that the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has announced interim approval for the listing of sodium oxybate as a S8 medication from 1 October 2014. The decision can be found at http://www.tga.gov.au/industry/scheduling-decisions-1405-interim.htm#.U45QeXYqxje

  • No sleep? Put your toddler in charge

    2nd Jun 14

    Put toddlers in charge of their bedtime. Yes, you read that correctly. And no, it's not a cruel joke for sleep-deprived parents desperate to end bedtime battles. It's actually the premise of a new book, Boss of My Sleep, by paediatric sleep specialists associate professor Sarah Blunden and Dr Kirrilly Thompson of the Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University.
     

  • Sleepy teenagers experiencing body clock changes

    30th May 14

    Sleep specialists are urging high schools to delay start times to give teenagers more time to sleep.

    Experts say teenagers that struggle to get out of bed are not lazy, but rather are just experiencing a fundamental shift in their body clocks. 

  • Fear of missing out sparks sleep crisis

    1st May 14

    A fear of missing out (FOMO) is giving teenagers sleepless nights as they stay up late texting, chatting and gaming. t's so bad that seven out of 10 Australian teens are sleep deprived, says Dr Chris Seton, a pediatric and adolescent sleep physician.

  • 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.

    Read more

  • 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.

Latest News

  • 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.

    more >

  • 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.

    more >

  • 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.

    more >