Sleep congress reveals latest snooze secrets

Kiwifruit, cannabis and smartphone apps are among the latest sleep aids in the spotlight at an international sleep conference being held in Sydney today and tomorrow.

Sleep DownUnder 2019 will host more than 800 of Australasia’s sleep experts to reveal the latest research into sleep problems like insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), jet lag and snoring.

Among the discoveries are a raft of surprising new ideas and treatments to help Australians sleep better, as well as several studies showing just how fatigued and sleep deprived many people are.

Highlights of the conference include:

  • One in Five Aussies wake to Text
  • Beware Crash Spikes After weekend
  • Fix your sleep woes in Summer
  • Fatigue Rife Among Cabin Crew: study
  • Sleep ‘Suboptimal’ for 4 in 10 Aussies: survey
  • While You Were Sleeping: Insomnia App Works
  • Cannabis gets Insomniacs Snoozing
  • Is Kiwifruit the Sleep Superfood?
  • Research Casts Doubt on Beauty Sleep
  • Wake up call to would-be Drowsy Drivers

The three-day congress canvasses topics as diverse as drowsy driving risks, cabin crew fatigue, an alarm for back-sleepers with OSA, and research showing why insomnia treatment works better in summer. Other new research will be presented on the effect of poor sleep on children’s waistlines and academic performance. Several new tech gadgets to treat OSA and insomnia are also on the agenda.

“This is a very exciting time in the world of sleep research,” says Professor Peter Eastwood, president of the Australasian Sleep Association, which hosts the conference. “Many of the new devices being developed and new findings being presented around fatigue and insomnia have the power to make a real difference in the lives of tired Australians.”

The 31st annual scientific conference is being held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. More than 800 delegates will attend across three days, with 200 abstracts to be presented on all aspects of sleep health and sleep disorders.

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