Quality and quantity of sleep

When you’ve had a good night’s sleep you always know. But what’s better — quality of sleep or quantity of sleep?     It’s well known that sleep is an important part of health and overall wellbeing. While researchers don’t know everything there is to know about sleep, they do know that sleep deprivation can…

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Do herbs for sleep really work

If you’ve ever had trouble sleeping you may have turned to herbs to help you sleep. But do they really work?   Herbs have been used for centuries as a natural way to promote good sleep. Even today, people turn to natural sleep remedies, including herbs instead of resorting to sleeping pills. Herbs for sleep…

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allergy symptoms

Millions of Australians suffer from allergy symptoms, with the change in season and associated increased pollen count often being blamed. But the source of your allergies may be much closer to home than you realise. What are allergies? When your body overreacts to a substance that is harmless to most people, an allergic reaction, or…

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Can oversleeping be a problem

With inadequate sleep affecting around 33-45% of adults in Australia[i], you may think that there’s no such thing as too much sleep. However, oversleeping can have detrimental effects as well.   How much sleep do we need? While there is no ‘magic’ number of hours we should sleep for, experts agree that the average adult…

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Caffeine and sleep

Most of us love a cup or two (or maybe more) of coffee each day, but can the caffeine in your cuppa be interfering with your sleep? What is caffeine? Caffeine is a natural substance found in coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa beans. Caffeine has a stimulating effect on the brain by increasing alertness…

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Electronics before bed

Using electronics for bed may not be the relaxing activity you think it is. Find out why this simple activity could be preventing you from getting a good nights’ sleep. If you take electronic devices into the bedroom, you’re not alone. A recent survey by the Sleep Health Foundation found that up to 45% of…

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Sleep well when you travel

Even the best sleepers can have their sleep patterns disrupted while travelling, so we’ve put together some of the best tips to help you sleep well when you travel. Travelling can interfere with your sleep enormously, especially if you’re travelling to different time zones. However, with a bit of forward planning, you can adjust to…

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Is stress affecting your sleep?

Are you finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep? Perhaps stress is affecting your sleep.   We all know it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. And while it’s normal to have the odd night here and there where good sleep is hard to come by, persistent problems with your sleep isn’t…

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Is sleepwalking dangerous

Performing normal, everyday activities while you’re asleep may seem strange, but it’s exactly what happens when people go sleepwalking. But is it dangerous?     What is sleepwalking? Sleepwalking (aka somnambulism) is a disorder that originates during deep sleep. The result is that the person affected can walk or perform other complex behaviours while they…

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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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