Australian Guidelines Recommend CBT for treatment of Insomnia

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

New Australian Guidelines for Insomnia treatment have recently been published in the journal Sleep Medicine. Dr Melissa Ree, Dr David Cunnington and Moira Junge from the Australasian Sleep Association have authored the document which reviews recent clinical evidence and recommends that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-Insomnia be offered as a first-line treatment for this common and often debilitating sleep disorder. ​The Australasian Sleep Association is the peak scientific body in Australia & …

Treating insomnia in severe mental illness – what does the research say?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

In a new text book published this month, Prof Flavie Waters, Dr Melissa Ree from Sleep Matters, and Ms Vivian Chiu (UWA) have summarised the existing scientific evidence for the use of Cognitive behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) in people with psychosis. They have also developed the Sleep Well, Feel Well with Psychosis Program which is an adapted treatment for Insomnia. The book a details instructions …

Sleep Matters News – O’Connor office now accepting bookings

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

A good night’s sleep is a beautiful thing that feels great and keeps us running in top shape.As little as 4 consultations can get you or your child back to better sleep and feeling more energised.We’re very excited to be expanding our sleep services in the south of Perth. In a couple of weeks we will be opening our lovely new  office …

What is the recommended treatment for Insomnia?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

Over the last 2 decades, scientific research has been consistent in it’s findings that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is the gold standard treatment. One in three people regularly struggle with their sleep according to a recent study of sleep (conducted in Australia). We also know that around 10 per cent of the adult population suffers from chronic insomnia, which is …

Is it a myth that we need 8 hours sleep? How much sleep do I need? How much sleep does my child need?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

Almost anything we read about sleep says we need 8 hours. Numerous studies have been published concerning the dangers of lack of sleep, to our general health and wellbeing. We now understand that sleep may play an important role in allowing to the brain to cleanse from toxins. So how much shut eye do we really need each night? New guidelines have been …

The low down on screens before bed

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

There is a lot of talk about the negative impact of pre-bed screen use on sleep. Many of us still do it though…..and some of us do it and even sleep well. Media messaging often takes a one-size fits all approach and I want to challenge this. Sleep is a hot topic in the media – and so it should …

Are Power Naps helpful? What does the science say?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

The answer is, it depends. Read on to learn about the potential benefits of naps and how to realise them. In general, for a healthy adult, a long daytime sleep is not a great idea as it is likely to lead to sluggishness on waking (often worse than before the sleep), and it can wreak havoc with sleep that night- especially if …

Sleep Matters awarded spot in top 50 Sleep Blogs worldwide

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

Feedspot has awarded Sleep Matters a spot in the Top 50 Sleep Blogs in the world. We’re in the company of many excellent blogs on infant and baby sleep, US blogs that pull together research findings regarding sleep, and the only other Australian blog, Sleep Hub, which is a fantastic, Melbourne based resource on the full range of sleep disorders.  We’re a …

Goodnight Insomnia 4 Week Insomnia treatment program, enrol today!

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

oin the next 4 week Insomnia treatment group at The Marian Centre (Wembley).  The next program is not far away – commencing Saturday February 25th.  The program runs for 4 Saturday mornings (9am-12.15pm).  ​Our Insomnia program utilises Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is the recommended first line treatment for Insomnia. Come away with proven strategies for treating Insomnia in the long term. …

​New Years Resolution – Improve My Sleep! Want to sleep better without medication?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

In our fast-paced world, Insomnia is VERY common. One in three Australian adults regularly struggle with their sleep and around 10 per cent of adults suffer from chronic insomnia. Insomnia is defined as a difficulty falling asleep or returning to sleep following night-time awakening, with significant negative impact on daytime functioning. Insomnia can be triggered by many different things  – …

Does alcohol help or hinder sleep?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog

Many people believe that alcohol assists sleep. While it’s true that alcohol may help you initially get off to sleep, this is offset by a less restful slumber later in the night. As the silly season gets underway, it can be useful to bear in mind the impacts of alcohol on sleep.  After a few drinks, we are more likely …