Work, environmental noise, sleep habits, mistimed body clocks, conditioned or habitual insomnia, medications and underlying medical disorders are among the most common causes.
Shift work can also impact our health and wellbeing. Trying to fit our social, work and other lifestyle responsibilities around a schedule which is not 9am- 5pm has implications for how we feel in ourselves, and our safety on the road and at work.
Our research is developing a range of improved, easy to access therapies including advanced programs and services in CBTi - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia, Stimulus Control, Sleep Restriction, Intensive Sleep Re-training, and Bright Light Therapies to treat insomnia, shift work disorder and body clock disruption.
Innovations in technology have presented us with the opportunity to investigate circadian core body temperature cycles and study smart lighting and its effects on the body clock, sleep and performance.
For example, Co-Morbid Insomnia and Sleep Apnoea (COMISA) is a highly prevalent and debilitating condition that can be more complex to treat effectively compared to either insomnia alone or sleep apnoea alone.
In addition, using these emerging technologies and improved therapies to support shift worker health, together with a deeper understanding of the patient experience of living with sleep disorders, is a priority for our group.
This research is also aligned with our Sleep Health Treatment Clinic.
Photo credit: FHMRI Sleep Health - Nick Antic Sleep laboratory bedroom (courtesy of Cheeseman Architects)
Dr Nicole Lovato is a senior clinical researcher focused on the basic and clinical aspects of sleep, circadian rhythms, and sleep disorders such as insomnia, and the translation of this knowledge to ensure best-practice sleep healthcare is accessible and cost-effective for the community. Dr Lovato has developed new innovative therapeutic interventions and models of care for the management of chronic insomnia and associated mental ill-health.
Dr Amy Reynolds is a clinical epidemiology with a particular research interest in work schedules, health and safety. She regularly works with industry partners to better understand the relationship between work schedules, sleep, health and safety. She has published extensively on the relationship between work, sleep, productivity and safety.
Emeritus Professor Leon Lack brings to this group a 45-year history of research, teaching, and clinical practice in the areas of sleep, circadian rhythms, insomnia, and clinical treatments for these disorders. This broad experience has also resulted in the development of new treatments of insomnia involving the use of wearable devices to make treatments readily available in the home environment to the large percentage of the population suffering from these disorders.
We have strong collaborations with academic partners, government bodies and professional organisations. In addition, we work with a range of strategic industry partners to advance sleep health solutions.
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