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What are the stages of sleep and why are they important?

What are the stages of sleep?

Each night, when you sleep, you actually pass through five stages of sleep. Find out what they are, and why they’re important.   Sleep is a complicated state. Once upon a time, it was believed that when people fell asleep their brains and bodies would ‘shut down’, allowing them to recover from their daily activities.…

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A bedtime routine for children to ensure good sleep

bedtime routines for children

If you have a young child, you know that it can sometimes be difficult to get them off to sleep. However, instilling a bedtime routine can help your children sleep better at night.     How much sleep do children need? Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer for this one. However, the younger the child…

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How to relax before bed

How to relax before bed

We all know that to ensure a good night’s sleep we need to relax before bed. But what are the best ways to do this? And what things should we avoid? The need to relax The busyness and stress of everyday life can take a toll on your body, meaning you’re well and truly tired…

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How alcohol affects your sleep

How alcohol affects your sleep

If you’ve ever thought that a little nightcap will help you sleep better, you’re not alone. However, science says that alcohol affects your sleep more than you may realise.   Why alcohol makes you drowsy Alcohol produces both sedative and stimulating effects. The sedative effects make you initially drowsy, which can help you fall asleep…

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How to avoid daytime sleepiness

How to avoid daytime sleepiness

We all have those days when we dream of crawling back to bed and pulling the covers over our heads. But if daytime sleepiness is more the norm than the exception, you might want to read on. Causes of daytime sleepiness Excessive daytime sleepiness will often interfere with work, study, relationships and daily activities. It…

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What is a sleep study?

What is a sleep study?

If you experience difficulties with your sleep, you doctor may order a sleep study. But what is it? What can you expect? And what are the benefits? What is a sleep study? A sleep study is a non-invasive medical test that monitors your sleep. It’s done to diagnose sleep disorders that can’t be identified by…

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Should you nap?

Should you nap

There are different schools of thought when it comes to daytime napping, so we thought we’d tackle the question: should you nap during the day?   What is a nap? A nap is a short sleep that’s usually taken in daytime hours, in addition to the usual night-time sleep routine. Most people take a nap…

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How daylight savings affects your sleep

Daylight savings and sleep

If you live in a state that observes daylight savings, you might be interested in knowing whether daylight savings affects your sleep. And if it does, what you can do about it.   If you live in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania or the ACT then you’ll be used to setting your clocks…

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What is insomnia?

What is insomnia?

Most of us have experienced trouble sleeping from time to time. But is it insomnia? And if it is, what can you do about it? What is insomnia? Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterised by difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. You may have insomnia if you have one or more of the following symptoms:…

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Can sleep be your weight loss secret?

Why sleep is your weight loss secret

Sleep is beneficial for many reasons, but did you know that good sleep can also be a secret to weight loss?   With statistics indicating that the majority of Australians are overweight or obese, it’s clear that weight loss is something on most people’s minds. But did you know that getting enough sleep can help…

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