Drink or two in the evening sets scene for nightmare sleep
7th Feb 13
While it is true that alcohol acts as a sedative, it also disrupts dreams and shakes up the sleep cycle. It reduces time spent in the stage of sleep understood to be the most restorative, the rapid eye movement, or REM, phase. Prolonged use of alcohol can cause insomnia, sleep apnoea and snoring.
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.
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.
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.