HYPERSOMNOLENCE AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES 4 YEARS AS A NOT FOR PROFIT HEALTH PROMOTION CHARITY
New directions and exciting partnerships….
We have learnt a lot about Idiopathic Hypersomnia and about sleep medicine in general since Hypersomnolence Australia was officially launched in March 2013. We have learnt that sleep medicine is a fairly young medical specialty in not only Australia but the rest of the world too. When we first started Hypersomnolence Australia we were surprised to learn that sleep training for GP's was almost non existent. We were even more surprised to learn that there were too few specialty training posts for doctors in Australia that could provide broad exposure to and quality training in, the whole range of sleep disorders, particularly non-respiratory sleep disorders. We have also found this to be the case in other parts of the world too. It has certainly explained why there was a lack of awareness and quality information available about Idiopathic Hypersomnia and why there were no support services available to patients, no research being done (in Australia) and no approved medications (anywhere in the world).
While there are organisations that represent sleep health and others that represent specific sleep disorders there were no organisations anywhere in the world that catered specifically to Idiopathic Hypersomnia. When patients were diagnosed there was nowhere for them to go for information so that they could better understand the condition and the implications it has on quality of life. There was nowhere for them to direct family and friends to either which made explaining it to others very difficult.
At the beginning of 2013 we set out to change that by setting up the world’s first Not for Profit organisation dedicated to Idiopathic Hypersomnia. Hypersomnolence Australia was registered as a Health Promotion Charity in March that year. We are still the only Not for Profit health promotion charity dedicated to Idiopathic Hypersomnia in Australia but we are pleased to say that there are now other organisations, the Hypersomnia Foundation and Atlanta Hypersomnia Support in the US on board with us raising awareness and providing support and information for Hypersomnia.
We shared this post last year on our 3rd anniversary so the direction is not so much new to us however it might be new to others that are unaware of Hypersomnolence Australia’s goals and purpose.
We will continue to move in the direction mentioned in that post and look forward to working with Sleep Disorders Australia on joint projects that see both organisations reach common goals.
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SLEEP HEALTH IN PATIENTS WITH SLEEP DISORDERS SURVEY
Numerous studies have found that consistently sleeping for more than nine hours or fewer than eight hours a day has a negative impact on physiological, psychological and cognitive functions. Studies have also found that long periods of bed rest also have detrimental effects on the body. We know that the treatment options available for sleep disorders are in some cases limited and in other cases not suitable or not overly effective. This results in patients struggling to manage their symptoms which in turn comprise their overall health and wellbeing. However many factors besides the possible ineffectiveness or suitability of sleep medications play a role in overall health and wellbeing. Good sleep hygiene, being physically active, a balanced diet and a lifestyle conducive to a patient’s condition are all equally important.
Our survey aims to get a snapshot of the sleep health of people diagnosed with sleep disorders. What do people with sleep disorders know about sleep health? What have they been advised by their health care professionals and also what do they think they should have been told?
The survey is brief. There are only 23 multiple
choice questions and it should take no more than 10 minutes to do. It is open to anyone diagnosed with a sleep disorder and is also completely anonymous. Please share this survey within your sleep disorder communities.
Our survey is now closed. Thank you to all those that participated. We are currently collating the data and hope to publish information regarding the results soon.
WHAT IS IDIOPATHIC HYPERSOMNIA?
Finding it difficult to understand Idiopathic Hypersomnia? Having trouble explaining it to others? Our fact sheet is a brief overview of what IH is, what the typical symptoms are and where you
can go for help and further information.
Click here for our FACT SHEET
Our New Website Project - Help Us Change The Prognosis
Our current website was built by ourselves from a simple do it yourself blog template and we have desperately outgrown its capabilities. Our goal is to develop a website that provides much needed advice and information based on the concerns that patients have raised with us directly and via our patient survey. We also plan on working with professionals to put together an information brochure with the aim to distribute them to relevant doctors and health care professionals and patients.
Click here for more information on how we are progressing with our new website and how you can get involved.
2016 Year in Review Newsletter
We keep all our social media and website up to date but for those of you that may miss our posts we have put together a "Year in Review" newsletter. It is a snapshot of some of the things we have been up to during the
year. Click here to view our latest newsletter.
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Daytime Sleepiness - Finding the Cause
Hypersomnolence Australia is often asked questions like “what tests should I ask my doctor for?” and “what else should my doctor consider could be the cause of my sleepiness?” So we decided who better to ask than a doctor! From that discussion we complied a list of the most common causes of daytime sleepiness to help patients and doctors find the cause.
Have you had these possible causes of daytime sleepiness ruled out?
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