Solutions to pandemic sleep issues

Stuck at home and having trouble getting to sleep at night? Researchers and sleep therapists at Flinders University have developed wearable devices to treat sleep onset insomnia at home.

Emeritus Professor Leon Lack at Flinders University, who has long studied and treated insomnia and researched the role of light in setting and disrupting sleep patterns, has played a critical role in the development and commercialisation of new wearable devices to administer treatments for sleep onset insomnia in the home situation.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the lifestyles of our community, with many suffering increased stress, and sleep patterns have suffered,” says Professor Lack. “Getting off to sleep is likely to have become a much more common sleep problem.”

Professor Lack was integral in developing Re-Timer glasses that use LED lights to adjust people’s circadian rhythms, and are now used around the world. He is now supervising studies that test the effectiveness of new devices for treating sleep onset insomnia.

The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University is calling for 18-64-year-old participants in a pair of studies focusing on the same type of insomnia issues.

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