National News

World Sleep Day - 16 March

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their “discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”..To honour this great achievement the slogan of World Sleep Day 2018 is ‘Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life’. The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of circadian rhythms in healthy sleep. More info HERE.

Annual Appeal

SDA runs its Annual Appeal each year leading up to the end of the financial year. SDA receives no government funding, and relies on membership subscriptions and donations to fund its activities. Donations are tax deductible. See info HERE.

RLS Foundation Webinar

The RLS Foundation (USA) offers free webinars on topics that are relevant to understanding and coping with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Their one-hour webinars include a Q&A session after the speaker. This is a great opportunity to share questions and comments with other patients, medical professionals and RLS experts. When you register for the webinar you can submit your questions on the topic to be answered as time allows.

Their next webinar is on Tuesday, March 14th, 2018. Click HERE for more details

Suddenly Sleepy Saturday - 10 March

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to control sleep-wake cycles. 10th March 2018 marks Suddenly Sleepy Saturday - aka Narcolepsy Awareness Day. learn more about this condition and how it can affect people. See info HERE

A Drug Similar to Synthetic Cannabis is Effective in Treating OSA

A US study has found that a drug with a similar composition to synthetic could be a safe and effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. See article in the March 2018 issue of the SDA News.

Rare Disease Day - 28 February

28 February 2018 marks the tenth international Rare Disease Day coordinated by EURORDIS. On and around this day hundreds of patient organisations from countries and regions all over the world will hold awareness-raising activities based on the theme of research. See Info HERE.

Sleepy Drivers Die

SDA has launched campaigns in Queensland and Tasmania to educate people about the dangers of driving when tired. We hope to extend the campaign nationally. Read more HERE.

Annual Raffle

The Annual Rotary Christmas Raffle was drawn on Monday 15 January at the Merrylands Bowling Club. Unfortunately, none of the tickets sold by SDA were among the winners. Details found here.

A Reduction in REM Sleep has been Linked to an Increased Risk of Dementia

New Australian research has discovered that dementia in the elderly can be predicted by measuring REM sleep. Read the article in the December issue of the SDA News.

First ever Nobel Prize for Sleep Research – Understanding the Circadian Rhythm

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their “discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”. Read more HERE.

Gene Discovery May Lead to Insomnia Treatment that Doesn't Target the Brain

New research from UCLA has discovered evidence that a gene in skeletal muscle controls the ability to rebound from sleep deprivation. This surprising evidence could lead to alternative treatments for insomnia, other than medications that target the brain. Read more in the October issue of the SDA News.

OSA and Irregular Heartbeat

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be at a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat. Canadian researchers have published a recent study, which has been summarised in the August issue of the SDA News.

Insomnia Study

Researchers in Europe have found that insomnia can be linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. A short report and the summary of findings was included in the June 2017 issue of the SDA News.

Sleep Apnea and Children's Brains

A study of children with sleep apnea has found significant reductions of grey matter in several regions of the brain. The findings point to a strong connection between sleep disturbance and the loss of neurons in the developing brain. A report on the research and findings is included in the June 2017 issue of the SDA News.