TELEHEALTH CONSULTATIONS AS EFFECTIVE AS IN-PERSON FOR INSOMNIA

Dr Melisa Ree Blog

It can feel a little strange to think of having a session with your health professional via an online video session or phone. We’ve become a little more used to this during COVID-19 and there is now more evidence accumulating on the effectiveness of telehealth as a treatment format. A recent American study suggests that online telehealth consultations are as …

COVID-19 Pandemic Dreams: the what, the why, and the how-to manage bad dreams

Dr Melisa Ree Blog, COVID, Dreaming

Researchers around the globe are looking into the phenomenon of pandemic dreams and are finding that people are indeed experiencing COVID-19-related dream changes. According to an ongoing French study, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a 35 percent increase in dream recall among participants, and a 15 percent increase in negative dreams. All over social media, people are reporting bizarre and …

Join us for our free online community Q&A series: “From the Couch”

Dr Melisa Ree Blog

Join us as leading clinical psychology practices collaborate to bring you answers to common psychological challenges that have arisen as we navigate COVID-19. Recent studies suggest that for many people, distress is increasing during COVID-19. The rates of Australians with poor mental health has doubled since pre-COVID-19. Stress, confusion and anxiety are on the rise, while optimism has reduced.Despite these numbers, there has …

Benefits of Telehealth Consultations

Dr Melisa Ree Blog, COVID

BENEFITS OF TELECONFERENCING It can feel a little strange to think of having a session with your doctor or psychologist via an online session or phone. COVID-19 is pushing us to be flexible and try new things, and we’re finding some unexpected benefits. We’d like to assure you that our telehealth options are: Simple: just a click on the link …

Treating Insomnia, how can mindfuless help?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

Research is uncovering mindfulness to be a powerful aid in the quest to treat Insomnia. In recent years, there has been a huge amount of scientific interest in the benefits of mindfulness to many aspects of health and wellbeing, including Insomnia. After describing what Mindfulness is, we present some interesting summaries of clinical research trials (including one by Dr Melissa Ree from …

Sleep Tips: Get your sleep routines in order

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

It’s World Sleep Day this Friday March 15th, and to support this we’d like to encourage people to take a step towards building a healthy sleep routine by getting their sleep conditions in order. Give any changes you make a couple of weeks to work. Below are some of the behaviours we help our clients at Sleep Matters to implement. …

2016 Clinical Guidelines recommend that all adult Insomnia patients receive CBT-Insomnia

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

Insomnia is a very common health problem, affecting 10% of the adult population, but it is often viewed as a symptom of another disorder rather than a condition warranting independent clinical intervention.   Further, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) recognised that the previous dichotomy of primary versus secondary insomnia does adequately describe the disorder. Indeed, DSM-5 suggests that ‘Insomnia Disorder’ should be …

Treating Insomnia to treat depression

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

New research shows great promise in treating people with insomnia and depression, and may ignite new excitement for an inexpensive therapy for these and other conditions. Previously, researchers and doctors believed that depression caused insomnia. Indeed, poor sleep is a diagnostic symptom of depression with about 90% of people with depression experiencing disturbed sleep. Insomnia was considered ‘secondary’ to the …

All I want for Christmas is a good night’s sleep!

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

We know that sleep is essential for health and wellbeing. Sleep supports the immune system, assists physical growth and repair, strengthens memory, and improves mood and wellbeing. Lack of sleep can contribute to feeling irritable, stressed and overwhelmed which are common experiences in our busy modern Christmases.  It’s common for sleep to deteriorate during the festive period due to increased …

Results are in! Effectiveness of Sleep Matters’ group treatment for Insomnia

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

100s of clinical trials have lead to the recommendation that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) be the recommended first-line treatment for Insomnia. Through 2018, researchers from Curtin University, Dr Clare Rees and Ms Jamie Hardman, have analysed data from the group CBT-Insomnia program developed by Sleep Matters and run through The Marian Centre in Perth, WA. This is important research as it evaluates …

Insomnia and mortality: Results from the world’s largest study

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

Many poor sleepers come to our service worrying that they are at risk of serious physical illness and even death. It’s easy to see why these worries exist, with there being so much frightening information at our fingertips about the link between poor sleep and health. Contrary to popular belief, an important paper published recently,  suggested that Insomnia does not increase mortality risk.  …

Partner Snoring?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

​At some stage in our lives many of us will have a bed partner who has annoying habits that disrupt our sleep. Anyone had the quilt stolen or copped a stray elbow or knee recently? One problematic habit in particular that we often hear about in our clinical work is snoring. Snoring occurs when airflow between your nose and throat …