Australia’s top sleep scientists will gather this week in an effort to get the country’s snorers, shift workers, unsettled babies and sleep-deprived citizens snoozing more soundly.
Sleep DownUnder 2018, to be held in Brisbane October 18-20, will host more than 600 of the region’s top sleep experts to reveal the latest research into sleep problems like insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and fatigue.
Among the discoveries are a raft of surprising new ideas and treatments to help Australians sleep better. “Sleep is vital to live a happy, healthy life, but statistics show up to 40 per cent of Australians are not getting the quantity or quality of sleep they really need,” says Dr Sarah Biggs, chair of the conference, hosted by the Australasian Sleep Association and the Australasian Sleep Technologists Association.
The three-day congress canvasses a diverse range of topics, including:
The 30th annual scientific conference will open on Thursday, October 18 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 600 delegates will attend across three days, with 200 abstracts to be presented on all aspects of sleep health and sleep disorders.
The scientific program will also include the Annual Sleep Health Foundation Great Debate which this year discusses whether the idea that ‘we are sleeping less today than we used to – is just fake news’. The public is welcome to attend this free event, held Friday October 19 at 6.15pm.