Sleep for Optimal

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Mission statement

The Epworth Sleep Centre strives to improve sleep outcomes for all Australians.  We commit to raising awareness among medical referrers and the broader community for the importance of optimal sleep and what clinically-proven sleep interventions are available.  We believe that by empowering the community with this knowledge we are helping to contribute to a healthier, energetic and more resilient Australian community.

The Epworth Sleep Centre is a private facility that functions independently from the Epworth Healthcare network.

The Epworth Sleep Centre specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of sleep disorders. The centre provides education and training across all common sleep health topics for health care practitioners, workplaces and the community.

For our clinical services, we provide a range of specialists to assist with improving sleep health across the life span. This includes:

  • Dental solutions for snoring and sleep apnoea, and management of related orofacial pain
  • Ear nose and throat surgeon, who can offer opinions on site for snoring and sleep apnoea solutions.
  • Paediatric sleep health supported by two paediatric sleep physicians, allowing us to provide care across the lifespan.
  • Experienced sleep psychologist, who is available for individuals with insomnia and circadian (body clock) disorders
  • Where clinically necessary, The Epworth sleep centre offers both in-laboratory and home based sleep testing.

Educational Opportunities

The Epworth Sleep Centre is committed to raising awareness for the importance of sleep health. We are happy to provide complimentary information and educational opportunities for health care providers, workplaces and the community.

This is a list of common topics:

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea: How important is this condition to people’s health and wellbeing?
  • Investigating obstructive sleep apnoea; Navigating the choices.
  • Is CPAP the only treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea? What are the alternatives and where do they fit in?
  • Insomnia and mental health.
  • Do non-drug treatment approaches work for insomnia? Why don’t people know about them?
  • Unexplained sleepiness and fatigue. How common is it and what is its impact?
  • Circadian (body clock) disorders.
  • Jet lag and how to optimise crossing the time zones.
  • Shift work and shift work disorder. Optimal rostering and tips for the worker to improve performance, productivity and safety

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The power of sleep

Thomas Edison once said “Sleep is a criminal waste of time” often claiming to just four hours of sleep a night. To this day for many, lack of sleep continues to be worn like a badge of honour, something to be overcome in order to achieve in life. However despite his public boasts, Edison privately understood the power of sleep for driving his productivity and creativity. Edison regularly napped when his performance waned. So much so, beds were strategically placed in his workplaces. Edison’s personal diaries frequently refer to the restorative benefits of sleep, refuelling his drive and ambition. 

Sleep and productivity are too often regarded as antagonists to each other in playing out in a cognitive dissonance struggle. However the science of sleep points to an optimal harmony between the two which enhances our health, wellbeing and resilience.  Sleep is an essential biological function, and as such when it is impaired the downstream consequences can be wide ranging on our physical and mental health, cognition and learning and performance. 

The Epworth Sleep Centre provides clinical and education services to raise awareness and improve the sleep health of Australians. It is staffed by specialists who are also researchers, educators and leaders in the field of sleep health