Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders


Better results from routine sleep
Sleep deprivation can have serious adverse health effects – both physical and mental. Feeling fatigued, irritable, anxious or depressed can all result from too little sleep. The brain works harder but operates less effectively. The ability to undertake usual tasks requiring concentration (such as driving) is greatly impaired.

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Keep happy, avoid headaches
A headache is something that almost all of us experience at some time. In fact, studies have shown that more than 30% of Australians have a headache at least once a month, and about 5% of our population gets a headache on a daily basis.

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Let’s talk about mental health
A 25-year study of 60,000 Germans has shown that long-term happiness is determined by lifestyle decisions including choice of partner, employment and religion. The results of the study are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and although the research was conducted in Germany, study leader, Associate Professor Bruce Headey from the University of Melbourne, suggests the findings can also be applied in Australia.

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Are all our health dollars going to waist?
The consequences of carrying excess weight cost us dearly – both individually and as a community. Cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are probably the most significant conditions resulting from obesity; but there are many other conditions as well that are associated with carrying around too much weight. Weight related health problems include back pain, muscle and joint problems, osteoarthritis, stress incontinence, sleep apnoea and general fatigue. There are also psychological problems: low self esteem, low self confidence and depression.

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Changing the face of Mens Health
Self esteem, or lack of it, has an effect on men’s health; a critical issue in times of employment and financial uncertainty. When men feel they have no control over their lives they are sometimes burdened with feelings of guilt and shame. One out of every six men suffers from depression at any one time; and men are more likely to suicide than women. Also, men often do not recognise the symptoms of depression, and so do not seek help.

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Good health gift ideas
For many people, Christmas has deep religious significance; for others, it’s simply a time to relax and enjoy a few days off work. But for almost everyone, this time of year has traditionally become one of celebration. Throughout many societies it is commonplace to exchange gifts or simply ‘season’s greetings’, and to express sentiments of peace and goodwill. Wishes of good health usually accompany greetings at this time of year; so, perhaps some healthy gift ideas could be worth a thought as well.

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Celebration of ageing
Living longer is a great thing, but we also need to remain healthy to enjoy our longer lives to their fullest. Unfortunately, debilitating conditions such as heart and kidney disease, diabetes, and some types of arthritis are more common in older people.

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Mental health awareness
Mental Health Week also encourages people to seek help, or for family and friends to encourage people to seek help, when necessary. There are many highly trained professionals who specialise in mental health. General practitioners (GPs) are able to treat and refer patients as appropriate.

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Staying safe through summer
Even the well trained, super fit, elite athletes have problems. Both the Australian and Sri Lankan cricket teams this year have been disadvantaged by injuries; so backyard cricketers need to be especially careful.

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