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

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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 …

Sleep Tips: Get your sleep routines in order

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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. …

Improving Sleep in Teens

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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 …

Back to school sleep routine

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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.  …

Early Bird or Night Owl? Knowing what you are may help you get the most from your day

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This year, researchers won a Nobel prize for their work on understanding the role of the body clock, aka circadian rhythm.  We have a master clock deep in the brain (the suprachiasmatic nuecleus to be exact) which controls the timing several bodily features such as body temperature, hunger, and sleepiness. Melatonin is an important hormone controlled by our body clock and it …

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

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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 …

Awake late at night? Struggling to get going in the morning? Delayed Sleep Phase, a common teenage problem.

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Struggling to get your teen out of bed and ready for school on time? Have they become a night owl who stays up after the family has gone to sleep? Are they losing sleep and feeling tired during the day? This can be an exasperating experience for both parents and children. ‘Delayed Sleep Phase’ can happen at any age but is …

Sleep tips for Teens

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Jessica Cole from Sleep Matters presented a seminar on teenage sleep to nearly 200 students 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 teenage body is demanding more …

Feeling Tired?

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Did you know that if you type into Google, “why am I so……”, that the first autofill option is the word “tired“. This is really saying something about how common the experience of tiredness is, and how many people are concerned about their levels of tiredness.  Thinking about your experience with tiredness, which of the following do you think apply? Are there others …