Winding Down for Sleep

Sleep Matters Team Blog, insomnia, insomnia treatment, sleep tips, sleep tips

Many people who come to Sleep Matters for help with their sleep use expressions such as “I can’t switch off” to describe having a busy mind that interferes with sleep. Many people mistakenly believe that switching off or shutting the mind down is necessary for sleep. It’s important to remember, however, that the human brain doesn’t have an off switch, …

Sleep Terrors, what are they and what can be done about them?

Sleep Matters Team Blog, child sleep, sleep disorder, sleep tips, sleep tips, teen sleep

Eleanor Jones (Clinical Psychologist Registrar) What are sleep terrors? Sleep terrors (also known as night terrors) are often confused with nightmares, but they are actually a different phenomenon. Sleep Terrors are a type of  parasomnia, an unusual behaviour that accompanies sleep. Sleep terrors are a partial arousal parasomnia, meaning that the person experiencing the sleep terror shows signs of being …

When kids find it hard to sleep alone

The Sleep Matters Team Blog, child sleep, sleep tips, sleep tips

Eleanor Jones (Clinical Psychologist Registrar) For some children, sleeping alone at night can be a scary prospect. This can often lead to parents finding themselves co-sleeping with their children or having children frequently jumping into the parent’s bed in the middle of the night. This may be the case for toddlers through to teenagers. Although we all need extra closeness …

Tips for sleeping well when you’re away from home

Sleep Matters Team Blog, insomnia, insomnia treatment, sleep tips, sleep tips

Jakub Dammer, Clinical Psychologist (registrar) Australians love to travel during the holidays and the thought of seeing new places and being away from home can be exciting. Many of us are able to travel now that COVID restrictions are lifting. However, for some, travel can prompt concerns about trying to get to sleep in an unfamiliar environment. If you’ve ever …

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

Sleep Matters Team Blog, COVID, Dreaming, sleep tips

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 …

Treating Insomnia, how can mindfuless help?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog, insomnia, insomnia treatment, sleep tips, sleep tips

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, insomnia, insomnia treatment, sleep disorder, sleep tips, sleep tips, teen sleep

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. …

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

Sleep Matters Perth Blog, sleep tips, sleep tips

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 …

Partner Snoring?

Sleep Matters Perth Blog, insomnia treatment, sleep disorder, sleep tips, sleep tips

​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 …

Improving Sleep in Teens

Sleep Matters Perth Blog, child sleep, sleep tips, sleep tips, teen sleep

Dr Jessica Tearne and Mr Paul Jeffery from Sleep Matters presented a seminar on teenage sleep to year 7 students and their parents at one of Perth’s high schools this week. It was a great opportunity to cover some interesting and important facts about sleep in adolescence. Getting good quality and quantity sleep can be tricky in adolescence. At the very age the …

How to wake up earlier (and feel good about it)

Sleep Matters Perth Blog, sleep tips, sleep tips

Follow the steps below for 2 weeks and see if you become the early-bird you never thought you’d be. We often help people who would like to get up earlier in the morning. This desire can be motivated by a number of things; fitting in exercise, making the morning routine before school/work less rushed, creating a more positive mindset to …

Back to school sleep routine

Sleep Matters Perth Blog, child sleep, sleep tips, sleep tips, teen sleep

Sleep routines for children can change a great deal over the long summer holidays. Later nights, sleeping in, more variability and sleep-wake schedules, more screen time, less focus on a pre-bed wind down routine are some of the common changes. While many kids and teens adjust easily to the school sleep routine, others may benefit from some structured adjustments to create a great routine around sleep.  …