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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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Last reviewed: October 2019

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Schizophrenia and Sleep

What is Schizophrenia?Schizophrenia is a mental illness. About 1 in 100 people have it. It affects thoughts, behaviour, per-ceptions and emotions. It tends to start in the late teens or early 20s. People with schizophrenia can suffer from 'psychosis' when unwell. This means a loss of contact with reality. It includ

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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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Behavioural Sleep Problems in School Aged Children

What are some common behavioural sleep problems in children?The most common issues are: not getting into bed; not settling into sleep; not staying in their own bed; waking up at night; getting up in the morning and / or not getting enough sleep.What can you do to get your child into bed at the right time?Set up a

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Incontinence (Nocturia)

What is Nocturia?Nocturia is the need to get up during the night to urinate, thereby interrupting sleep. Sleep occurs before and after each time you wake up.What are the most common types of nocturia? There are three main types of nocturia: 1) nocturnal polyuria (or overproduction); 2) bladder storage problems; a

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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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Memory, Thinking and Sleep

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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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Older People and Sleeping

How do older people sleep differently?Most people sleep between 7 and 9 hours each day. However older people may not have all their sleep at night, around 4 in 10 older people have at least one nap every day. This is usually for at least half an hour. Most people over the age of 80 nap for more than one

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Why nap?If we dont have enough good quality sleep, we may feel tired and sleepy during the day. This can make it difficult to do our normal daily activities. Naps may help to make us more alert, active and better able to cope during the day.When can naps be good? Sometimes we know in advance that we will not b

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Diabetes & Sleep

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