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Stories from October, 2018

Watches, clocks and body clocks!

Clock changes can disrupt our circadian rhythm, in terms of its timing e.g. when peaks and lows occur in the 24h cycle of hormones such as melatonin (the sleep hormone) that help regulate our sleep/wake cycle.  With the clock change, it’s darker earlier in the evening. This in turn can...Read more

Sleep takes center stage on prime time TV

‘How to Get A Good Night’s Sleep’ – A new series starting tonight on Channel 5. This follows an excellent BBC documentary last week about the impact of the body clock on sleep and health, referenced in a post by Senior Researcher, Cristina Ruscitto, last week: This time Channel 5...Read more

Causal link between insomnia and depression

With the focus on World Mental Health day today, we wanted to highlight findings from the research community over recent years that shows a very strong link between insomnia and sleep disturbances and depression. A BMC Public Health study has also shown that there is an association between the length...Read more

CASA publishes modernisation of Australia’s fatigue rules

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has published updated fatigue management rules in response to independent review.  There will be a staged transition to the new rules with high capacity regular public transport operators required to transition to new fatigue rules by 30 September 2019 and all other air operators needing...Read more

Bedtime is not just for kids!

A new study shows that consistent bedtimes in adults are associated with falling asleep earlier in the evening and better cardio-metabolic health outcomes than irregular bedtimes. The study looked at adults who don’t work shift work, but may have irregular sleep patterns e.g. staying up late some nights but not...Read more