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Sleep Conference Reveals Latest Snooze Secrets

Australasian Sleep Conference Starts Tomorrow

For stories and spokespeople contact Lucy Williams M. 0403753028 or Tamara McLean M. 0431255093

Australia’s top sleep scientists will gather this week in an effort to get the country’s snorers, shift workers, unsettled babies and sleep-deprived citizens snoozing more soundly.

Sleep DownUnder 2018, to be held in Brisbane October 18-20, will host more than 600 of the region’s top sleep experts to reveal the latest research into sleep problems like insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and fatigue.

Among the discoveries are a raft of surprising new ideas and treatments to help Australians sleep better. “Sleep is vital to live a happy, healthy life, but statistics show up to 40 per cent of Australians are not getting the quantity or quality of sleep they really need,” says Dr Sarah Biggs, chair of the conference, hosted by the Australasian Sleep Association and the Australasian Sleep Technologists Association.

The three-day congress canvasses a diverse range of topics, including:

·       Sleep Tech Boom, But Buyers Beware

·       Larks Beat Owls for Memory & Mood

·       Good News for Bad Sleepers: Time Heals Snooze Woes

·       Light Is Best Jet Lag Cure: Review

·       Childcare Centres Fail Safe Sleeping Checks: Study

·       Two for the Price of One: Partner Wins when Insomnia

·       Big Eaters a Road Risk after Night

·       Bright Light Brings Bedtime Forward

·       Bad Sleepers Don't Tell the Doc

·       Long Sleeps Linked to Stroke 

·       Sleep Apps Tedious, Condescending: Survey

·       Snoring Therapy Jogs Memory

·       Web Misleads Parents on Tonsil Op: Study 

·       Snoring spikes in Spring

·       App Gets Insomniacs Snoozing Faster, Longer

The 30th annual scientific conference will open on Thursday, October 18 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 600 delegates will attend across three days, with 200 abstracts to be presented on all aspects of sleep health and sleep disorders. 

The scientific program will also include the Annual Sleep Health Foundation Great Debate which this year discusses whether the idea that ‘we are sleeping less today than we used to - is just fake news’. The public is welcome to attend this free event, held Friday October 19 at 6.15pm.

For further information and a full list of conference highlights, contact:

Lucy Williams M. 0403 753 028 E.

Tamara McLean M. 0431255093 E.


About the Australasian Sleep Association

The Australasian Sleep Association is the peak scientific body in Australia and New Zealand representing clinicians, scientists and researchers in the broad area of Sleep. Our vision is the provision of world standard research, education and training, and establishment of clinical standards to ensure clinical best practice in sleep medicine resulting in an informed community with healthy sleep practices.