Navigating jet lag
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by Sleep Matters Perth
1M ago
If you’re jet-setting to another time zone this summer, you will likely experience some disruption to your sleep. This can often be due to early or late flight schedules and anxiety or excitement about travelling, but another key factor is the dreaded jet lag. What is jet lag? Jet lag occurs when we travel to a destination in a different time zone, meaning that our internal body clock (circadian rhythm) is running at a different time to our new destination.  A flight from Perth to Sydney, for example, can leave you wide awake at 11pm local time, since your biological clock still thinks ..read more
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Is it time to get help for your trouble sleeping?
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by Sleep Matters Team
7M ago
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Evening exercise and sleep: should we be changing our advice?
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by Sleep Matters Team
1y ago
Many of us are interested in improving our health and wellbeing. Sleep is a great way to do this was we know that sleep is the third pillar of health alongside physical activity and nutrition. A very common piece of advice for improving sleep is to avoid moderate-vigorous exercise before bedtime. Many official ‘Sleep Hygiene’ Guidelines suggest no exercise after mid-afternoon, and certainly not within about 3 hours of nighttime sleep. This advice can put sleep and exercise in competition with one another, should I sleep or should I exercise? The existing sleep hygiene advice is that moderate ..read more
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Winding Down for Sleep
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by Sleep Matters Team
1y ago
Many people who come to Sleep Matters for help with their sleep use expressions such as “I can’t switch off” to describe having a busy mind that interferes with sleep. Many people mistakenly believe that switching off or shutting the mind down is necessary for sleep. It’s important to remember, however, that the human brain doesn’t have an off switch, and the mind is actually pretty busy whilst we sleep. Indeed, the brain is busy processing, consolidating memories, and cleaning itself during slumber. So, while some mental activity is fine for sleep, stressed, anxious, or racing minds can cert ..read more
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Sleep Terrors, what are they and what can be done about them?
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by Sleep Matters Team
2y ago
Eleanor Jones (Clinical Psychologist Registrar) What are sleep terrors? Sleep terrors (also known as night terrors) are often confused with nightmares, but they are actually a different phenomenon. Sleep Terrors are a type of  parasomnia, an unusual behaviour that accompanies sleep. Sleep terrors are a partial arousal parasomnia, meaning that the person experiencing the sleep terror shows signs of being both awake and asleep. Someone experiencing a sleep terror may seem like they are awake, but they are still in a sleep state. Upon waking in the morning, they are unlikely to remember tha ..read more
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When kids find it hard to sleep alone
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by Sleep Matters Team
2y ago
Eleanor Jones (Clinical Psychologist Registrar) For some children, sleeping alone at night can be a scary prospect. This can often lead to parents finding themselves co-sleeping with their children or having children frequently jumping into the parent’s bed in the middle of the night. This may be the case for toddlers through to teenagers. Although we all need extra closeness sometimes, especially after a nightmare or if something stressful has happened during the day, ongoing difficulties with separating from parents at night can impact on both parent’s and children’s sleep and wellbeing in ..read more
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Tips for sleeping well when you’re away from home
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by Dr Melisa Ree
2y ago
Australians love to travel during the holidays and the thought of seeing new places and being away from home can be exciting. Many of us are able to travel now that COVID restrictions are lifting. However, for some, travel can prompt concerns about trying to get to sleep in an unfamiliar environment. If you’ve ever had difficulty falling asleep in a hotel room or in a tent while camping; you are not alone. Sleep researchers have found that people often report the first night in a new place tends to be more restless and have labelled this the ‘first night effect’. This can be observed in campe ..read more
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TELEHEALTH CONSULTATIONS AS EFFECTIVE AS IN-PERSON FOR INSOMNIA
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by Dr Melisa Ree
2y ago
It can feel a little strange to think of having a session with your health professional via an online video session or phone. We’ve become a little more used to this during COVID-19 and there is now more evidence accumulating on the effectiveness of telehealth as a treatment format. A recent American study suggests that online telehealth consultations are as effective as in-clinic consultations for the treatment of insomnia. This is welcome news for people experiencing insomnia, and especially those who find traveling to the clinic challenging due to work, family, distance, or COVID physical ..read more
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COVID-19 Pandemic Dreams: the what, the why, and the how-to manage bad dreams
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by Dr Melisa Ree
2y ago
Researchers around the globe are looking into the phenomenon of pandemic dreams and are finding that people are indeed experiencing COVID-19-related dream changes. According to an ongoing French study, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a 35 percent increase in dream recall among participants, and a 15 percent increase in negative dreams. All over social media, people are reporting bizarre and intense dreams during the pandemic. Dr Melissa Ree spoke with Jessica Strutt on ABC radio today to discuss in the ins and outs of pandemic dreams. To catch the 6-7 minute audio, scroll to 3hr 7min and 4 ..read more
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Join us for our free online community Q&A series: “From the Couch”
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by Dr Melisa Ree
2y ago
Join us as leading clinical psychology practices collaborate to bring you answers to common psychological challenges that have arisen as we navigate COVID-19.  Recent studies suggest that for many people, distress is increasing during COVID-19. The rates of Australians with poor mental health has doubled since pre-COVID-19. Stress, confusion and anxiety are on the rise, while optimism has reduced. Despite these numbers, there has been a drop in people seeking professional help across public and private sectors. People may be unsure about when and how to seek help and what psych ..read more
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