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Sleep and Shift Work

Globalisation has given rise to the 24-hour work culture. More and more people around the world are working night shifts. Working during the night is not the same as working during the day as the biological clock and circadian rhythms are significantly impacted leading to higher levels of fatigue and reduced alertness. The Wellcome Trust… 

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Bright Light Therapy and the Baby Blues

Did you know that around 20% of women who have given birth suffer from some level of the baby blues?  Becoming a parent brings a wide range of emotions, such as joy and excitement to stress, anxiety and apprehension.  During this period though, both parents may experience disturbed circadian rhythms and sleep cycles leaving them… 

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Central Gippsland Health trial light therapy glasses for shift workers

Central Gippsland Health to trial light therapy glasses for shift workers _ Gippsland Times NURSES at Central Gippsland Health will trial state-of-the-art bright light therapy glasses designed to help combat the demands of working a busy night shift. The trial is part of the Wellington Primary Care Partnership’s Working Well in Wellington project which aims… 

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Early-Morning Re-Timer Bright-Light Therapy Helped Patients With PTSD Symptoms

In a small pilot study, researchers have obtained encouraging results in using bright-light therapy to treat people with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to trauma-related symptoms such as flashbacks, people with PTSD often report depressed mood and reduced quantity and quality of sleep. The partial overlap in symptoms with those of depression led Alyson K. Zalta,… 

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The Power of a Nap: How to Reduce Sleepiness in just 10 minutes

A poor night’s sleep can significantly impact your productivity at work the following day. You may feel extra sleepy and struggle to concentrate on important tasks. This is often the point at which many people reach for a cup of coffee to boost their alertness. While this may work in the short-term, consuming many cups… 

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Why it's time to stop hitting the snooze button

If you’re like me, you hit the snooze alarm on your phone two, three, sometimes even four times before you finally find the energy and motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Panic then sets in when you realise that you don’t have enough time to get yourself ready for the day, and… 

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The Science behind Sleep Trackers

There is a growing number of devices available that claim to accurately track your sleep. But how do they work? And just how accurate are they? It turns out that not all sleep trackers are created equal, and some may be very inaccurate. There are two types of sleep trackers: the wearables and the nearables.… 

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Sleep hygiene: Five simple steps for a better night's rest

We all know how frustrating it is when you struggle to fall asleep at night because you’re still thinking about work, or when you wake up during the night and can’t fall back asleep because your bed partner is snoring loudly. Distractions, whether it be in the bedroom environment or in our own brains, can… 

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Insomnia Medications: Are they worth it?

Insomnia is a common sleep problem. More than 1 in 10 people suffer from insomnia and every year, many of these people discuss their poor sleep with their family doctor. Often, these people are given a prescription for insomnia medication and sent on their way. In fact, a recent survey of family physicians has shown… 

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Lack of sleep costs Americans billions of dollars each year

A new report has assessed the financial impact poor sleep has in the United States at $411 billion per year. This is more than 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. “Our study shows that the effects from a lack of sleep are massive. Sleep deprivation not only influences an individual’s health and well-being but… 

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