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Sleep Health Foundation

The Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) is a non-profit organisation and Australian public advocate for sleep health.

The Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) mission is to improve people’s lives through better sleep.

Healthy sleep is vital for physical health, mental wellbeing, safety and productivity. Research suggests that over 20% of the population suffer from sleep problems on a daily or near daily basis. Despite this, sleep health receives little attention relative to other aspects of healthy living, such as diet and exercise.

The SHF is working to change this through:

  • Advocacy – The Foundation effectively delivers the sleep health message to the community (through its media, social media and website resources) and to community leaders and government.
  • Collaboration –  The Foundation works with key players to promote sleep health. These include patient groups, professional organisations, businesses and researchers. 
  • Best practice –  The Foundation promotes industry best practice standards to ensure a high standing for sleep therapies in the minds of the community and its leaders. 
  • Resources – The Foundation makes educational material about sleep and its problems freely available through its website and social media outlets. 
  • Communication – The Foundation has a rapidly growing database of ‘e-newsletter subscribers’ and a growing social media presence through its Facebook page. 

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Memory, Thinking and Sleep

The Sleep health Foundation Australia

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Idiopathic Hypersomnia

1. What is idiopathic hypersomnia (IH)?The main symptom of IH is feeling sleepy during the day. There are two forms of IH. In one, the person has a normal amount of sleep at night (i.e. up to 9 hours). In the other, they sleep for longer than usual at night (e.g. 12-14 hours). In both forms, people also sleep durin

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Insomnia

What is insomnia? Insomnia is said to be present when you regularly find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. It has several patterns. You may have trouble getting to sleep initially. Or even if you can fall asleep, you might not be able to stay asleep for as long as you would like. Also you may wake up during the

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Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

What is surgery for OSA ? Surgery in adults with OSA should only be a last resort. As a rule, it is only worth it if you cant wear CPAP (despite persistent effort) or use an Oral Appliance. Surgery might also be used in certain cases to help you wear these.On the other hand, surgery is normally one of the ma

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REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

What is RBD? RBD happens when you sleep. It can lead to talking and shouting. It can make you move vigorously. You might have vivid, striking dreams as well. When this happens, people with RBD are seen to suddenly move or call out. They can look like they are acting out their dreams. The episode usually doesn't go on

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

1. What is it?Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the throat (also known as the "pharynx" or "upper airway") during sleep. A narrow floppy throat is also more likely to vibrate during sleep, which causes snoring. If partial or complete obstruc

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Sleep tracker technology

Sleep Tracker technologyHigh tech wrist watches and smartphone apps have been developed to help monitor your sleep patterns. These trackers promise a lot, with some even claiming to measure the time you spend in each stage of sleep. Although it might be fun to pore over data you have collected about yourself, it is

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Diabetes & Sleep

The Sleep health Foundation Australia

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Sleeping Tablets

What Are Sleeping Tablets?Sleeping tablets work on pathways in the brain which are important in regulating whether someone is awake or asleep. Most sleeping tablets make the sleep pathways more active. One of the newer medications works by making the wake pathways less active.Sleeping tablets ge

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Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Important things to know about OSA treatmentsAs the causes of sleep apnea vary there is no single treatment that works for everyone.Deciding which treatment is most appropriate is best done by talking to your doctor.Weight loss is advisable in anyone who is overweight.Reduction of alcohol consumption, avoid

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