Rural Health Foundation: 17 April 2009
Sleep is as important to the human body as food and water, but most of us don’t get enough. Lack of it has a detrimental effect on our physical and mental health. It is estimated that over a million people suffer from sleep disorders of some kind, but less than 1% are properly diagnosed.
The program provides information on the latest research in sleep medicine; it discusses the range of sleep disorders, and the importance of early detection and diagnosis; it outlines the latest treatment options, including the appropriate use of medication, and discusses some simple screening mechanisms that can benefit practitioners and patients in rural areas. It draws attention to the medical, behavioural and social consequences of sleep disturbance, and considers strategies designed both to increase awareness of sleep disorders in the general community and to promote good sleep health. > watch program or listen to podcast