Sleep and health

We’re striving to find evidence-based treatments and approaches to sleep and circadian deficiencies and disorders, so that people may lead safer, more comfortable lives.

We’re fortunate to have access to the research-driven Monash University Healthy Sleep Clinic, and the Monash Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory, part of the Be Active Sleep Eat Human (BASE) platform.

Sleep and Circadian rhythms interact with all aspects of daily functioning and health, especially cognitive performance and mental health. We’re looking into the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in many aspects of cognition, including decision making, attention, and working memory. Sleep and circadian disorders negatively impact mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. Insomnia and depression are also prominent and disabling consequences of traumatic brain injury.

Our research seeks to better understand how sleep and circadian rhythms impact cognition and mental health throughout the lifespan. We have innovative research programs aimed treating sleep problems in perinatal women and others aimed at understanding how sleep can help slow cognitive decline in the elderly. Other research uses novel light and insomnia treatments to improve sleep, mood, and health in traumatic brain injury. Our research into the critical role of sleep in the development, maintenance, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) aims to develop improved treatments for insomnia, nightmares, and PTSD. Other research focuses on the specific cause of obstructive sleep apnoea for each individual and using that information to tailor treatment for maximum benefit.

The Turner Institute is a member of the Monash Sleep Network, a multidisciplinary consortium of sleep research and clinical laboratories at Monash University and its affiliated hospitals.