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.
Scroll through the posts below for information on sleep or search our archive for specific topics.
When we eat may be just as important as what we eat for managing obesity and health. We talk to Dr Gerda Pot about the emerging field of chrono-nutrition.
Is it really normal to sleep for 8 hours undisturbed each night, or is that just an unrealistic expectation? We talk to Darian Leader about normal sleep.
Symptoms of tiredness, fatigue and sleepiness are common in chronic fatigue syndrome. How can these symptoms be addressed and sleep improved in people with fatigue syndromes?
Are naps a good idea? How long should naps be? How can you get better at napping? Listen to this episode of Sleep Talk as we tackle these questions.
Binge drinking or using illicit drugs can have significant effects on sleep long after they are out of your system.
Highlights from the Sleep Down Under 2018 meeting in Brisbane. Topics highlighted are narcolepsy, insomnia, sleep health, and obstructive sleep apnea.
The body clock is important in cancer, with shift workers exposed to light at night having increased cancer risk, and the emerging field of chronotherapeutics changing the way we think about the [...]
How you think and behave during the day impacts on sleep and can result in the brain being over stimulated at night. This is hyperarousal. How does it impact sleep and what can be done about it?
We’re all busy, but how does being busy impact on sleep? In modern Western society, being busy is worn like a badge of honour. Colleagues will often ask, ‘Are you busy?’, but rarely ask if [...]
Understanding sleep beliefs and behaviours in different cultures can help better understand your own beliefs about sleep, and in turn change your expectations around sleep.
What can be done to reduce the effects of jet lag? We discuss a range of strategies from using apps to manage light exposure to what airlines are doing to have passengers arriving fresh at their [...]
Sleep can be challenging in children with special needs and this can impact on their health and the family as a whole. We talk about why sleep is hard, and strategies for improving sleep.
Sleep apnea is common and can cause significant symptoms. But how can it be treated and how do you decide what treatment to use?
Many people are seen to have snoring and periods of stopping breathing during sleep. But does everyone who has sleep apnea need treatment?
Interested in the latest research on sleep discussed by world experts? Check out this update from the Sleep 2017 meeting in Boston.
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 [...]