Having a good understanding of how sleep works and interacts with our physical and mental health is a key to sleeping well.
Sleep is a biological process than can be managed if we understand it. Scientific research in this area is evolving rapidly, yet there are still many commonly believed myths about sleep. Keeping up to date and understanding how sleep really works is essential for healthy sleep.
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Orexin is a 'master controller' of the sleep wake control system. It stimulates the wake-promoting system and stabilises the switching between wake and sleep.
Couldn’t make it to Sleep Down Under 2016? Here are some of the things that caught my eye. Sleep Down Under is the annual scientific meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association, the peak [...]
What is sleep health? What is healthy sleep? Is it the absence of sleep disorders, or is it more than that? Is it sleeping well enough to support physical and mental health and waking function? [...]
Sleep is important for sporting recovery and performance Do you want to recover better between games, and perform at your best? Sleep is a secret weapon for athletes, with those who prioritise [...]
Is sleep paralysis common? What can be done about it? Ever had a feeling of either drifting off to sleep or awakening feeling completely paralysed and unable to move? Did you have hallucinations [...]
In this update from Sleep 2016, we discuss the latest research in hypersomnia, insomnia, circadian rhythms and sleep technologies.
Want 20 minutes more sleep each day? Start work an hour later. In modern society we are faced with many challenges, but one of the most difficult is balancing time. How much do we allocate to [...]
Snoring can be annoying, but is snoring bad for you? Snoring is incredibly common and often one of the reasons people come to see me for advice, to reduce the noise of snoring and the impact [...]
Binge drinking or using illicit drugs can have a significant impact on your sleep. Binge drinking can have significant effects on sleep long after alcohol is out of your system. Similarly, many [...]
Couldn’t make it to Sleep Down Under 2015? Here are some of the things that caught my eye. Sleep Down Under is the annual scientific meeting of the Australasian Sleep Association, the peak [...]
What are periodic limb movements? It is very common to have movements occurring during sleep. Some movements are just random movements, such as when we are changing position during sleep. [...]
Do herbal supplements help sleep? Many people use herbal supplements for sleep. The most commonly used herbs are valerian and hops, but there are a number of others that can also be effective. [...]
Getting hot flushes? Menopause symptoms interfering with sleep? Should you consider hormone replacement therapy? Sleep changes a lot for women around the time of the menopause and after [...]
Marijuana (cannabis) use is common, particularly before bed time. Does it help with sleep? A surprising number of people I see use cannabis or marijuana, some socially and some to help wind down [...]
Do you find your medications impacting on sleep? Many of the medications used to treat medical or mental health conditions can impact on sleep. Whilst sometimes those effects can be positive, [...]
What is melatonin? Does it help with sleep? Melatonin is commonly promoted as a sleep aid. In many countries it is available over the counter, so quite widely used. In Australia it requires a [...]
Struggling to teenager out of bed in the morning? Learn why and what you can do. It’s very common for teenagers to have trouble getting up for school in the morning. It can also be [...]
Need some help getting back in sync? Get your rhythm back on track with these tips. Light, activity and meals are key inputs to the circadian rhythm. These tools can be used to help manage the [...]
Feel like things are out of sync? Maybe your circadian rhythm isn’t working well. We all have an intrinsic rhythm that keeps our sleep and other body functions in sync. Understanding how [...]
Shift-workers have higher rates of health problems For those of us who have worked shift work, we know it can be hard to deal with and take a real toll particularly if we are not sleeping well or [...]
Confused about how to understand the results of your sleep study? A sleep study measures many different variables during sleep. What is focussed on depends on the main problem that is being [...]
The circadian rhythm controls most body functions Every living thing has a number of internal rhythms that control many functions. Some rhythms are short, such as a cycle of sleep that lasts [...]