8th Nov 2018
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Govt opens eyes to Aussie sleep problems
Author: Olga Galacho
Health minister probes sleep issues

Guess what’s keeping Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt awake at night? The quality of your sleep!

So concerned is he about the lack of shut-eye Aussies get that he asked a parliamentary inquiry to (figuratively) take a peek into their bedrooms at night.

Chairman of the Sleep Health Awareness in Australia committee Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman told ABC Radio yesterday that he intends to “shine a light” into why four out of 10 Australians are not getting enough sleep … Hope he has a dimmer on his torch!

More than 100 submissions have been lodged since the inquiry was launched in September and over the next few months, there will be public hearings around the nation.

“The inquiry is going to be examining sleep issues over the next couple of months,” Mr Zimmerman said. “The standard advice from health experts is that everyone needs about seven or eight hours of sleep a night.

“So, it's whether we're actually getting that adequate amount of sleep, both because of sleep disorders, but also because of lifestyle decisions that we're making.

“There is good evidence that those are who are not getting adequate sleep are more prone to depression-like symptoms, and that's a serious concern.

“One of the things that we'll be looking at specifically is the impact of new technology on sleep patterns.

“This is particularly a problem among young people who are going to bed with their tablets or their smartphones. And what we know is that that can have a very deleterious impact on people's sleep patterns.

“But we also know that even using a tablet or a TV in your bedroom with a brightness that that involves can actually trick the body into thinking that it's not night time if it's used for too long.”

The terms of reference for the inquiry into sleep health are:

  • the potential and known causes, impacts and costs (economic and social) of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders on the community
  • access to, support and treatment available for individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders, including those who are: children and adolescents, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, living in rural, regional and remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • education, training and professional development available to healthcare workers in the diagnosis, treatment and management of individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders
  • workplace awareness, practices and assistance available to those who may be impacted by inadequate sleep or sleep disorders, with a focus on: rostering practices for shift workers, heavy-work requirements, and the transport industry as compared to international best practice
  • Current national research and investment into sleep health and sleeping disorders.

Do you get enough sleep? If not, can you feel the effects of sleep deprivation on your mental and physical health? Do you think the Government has a role to play in encouraging GPs to take the sleep habits of their patients more seriously?

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    BERRYUPSET
    9th Nov 2018
    11:39am
    Ke perot waking up with headaches,grumpy and tired after 8hrs sleep!
    went to doc for sleeping tabs!NO CHANCE (ADDICTIVE NOT EFFECTIVE IN THE LONG TERM)
    Hesent me for sleep analysis test ..came back 28 apnoeas (brain wakes you up cos you stop breathing)So although you sleep8 hrs its POOR QUALITY!
    PUT ME ON A CPAP MACHINE FACEMASK ETC....BUT TRICKY AT FIRST BUT NOW AFTER 7 MONTHS..GOING WELL 8 HRS SLEEP,1.7 APNOEAS FEEL REFRESHED ON WAKE UP NO HEADACHES,GREAT MOOD...(Supposed to have other benefitd aswell
    hope this helps!!
    BERRYUPSET
    9th Nov 2018
    11:42am
    corrections o my post (computer playing up!)
    Kept waking up............................................
    benefits........................
    BIT TRICKY AT FIRST.......,..
    JUST REACHED 80 11/11/1938
    Rosret
    9th Nov 2018
    1:46pm
    So how much money is going to be spent on this little project!
    The government has just deemed that all time is equal.
    KSS
    9th Nov 2018
    2:14pm
    When are people going to take responsibility for their own sleep hygiene? Why is this even a Government problem? Are they going to legislate the use of various electronic devices? Bring in a curfew so everyone is in bed asleep by 10pm? Put a sleeping draught in the water supply?
    For goodness sake!
    Olga Galacho
    9th Nov 2018
    3:26pm
    LOL
    Robbo
    9th Nov 2018
    3:35pm
    Whats wrong with a little drink before bed I always have a little sherry or vodka before bed more fun than sleeping pills and works like a charm
    George
    9th Nov 2018
    4:30pm
    How much extra do they pay an MP such as Trent Zimmermann to be Chairman of such a nonsensical committee? Very important for us taxpayers to know how they are wasting our money. SCRAP IT!

    If they really want to know the causes of sleep problems, here they are - Govt Policies!!!
    Such as:
    For Retirees: The BAD pension system rules - System should be scrapped and replaced with Universal Pension. No Centrelink in Retirees lives ever!
    For Working People: Ensure SECURE JOBS - No Retrenchments allowed, No company shutdowns caused by Outsourcing of Jobs and so-call Free (but Unfair) Trade.
    For Unemployed: Real Jobs by encouraging Local Companies growth, and Discouraging Foreign Ownership and Outsourcing.

    That's it! One can go further and fix the loopholes-filled Taxation System which favours the rich, large companies, etc. But the above 3 measures will fix the Sleep Problem!
    PlanB
    9th Nov 2018
    4:32pm
    I can not imagine Greg Hunt losing sleep over anything to do with us -- he has proved he cares not a zip about many other things that really matter
    roy
    9th Nov 2018
    7:46pm
    Where's the pearl of wisdom from MICK, is he not well. God forbid?


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