Australasian Sleep Association Conference

Venue: Convention Centre Darling Harbour Sydney, NSW, Australia

Start Date: Thu 17 Oct 2019 Start Time: 1000

End Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019 End Time: 1000

 Sleep Congress Reveals Latest Snooze Secrets

Kiwifruit, cannabis, tongue implants and smartphone apps are among the latest sleep aids in the spotlight at an international sleep conference to be held in Sydney this week.

Sleep DownUnder 2019, running from October 17-19, will host more than 800 of Australasia’s sleep experts to reveal the latest research into sleep problems like insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), jet lag and snoring.

Among the discoveries are a raft of surprising new ideas and treatments to help Australians sleep better, as well as several studies showing just how fatigued and sleep deprived many people are.

“Sleep is a vital ingredient, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, that humans need for good health,” says Professor Peter Eastwood, president of the Australasian Sleep Association, which hosts the conference. “But research is showing that as many as one in four Australians are not getting enough good quality sleep thanks to late night texting, insomnia or poor sleep habits.”

The three-day congress canvasses topics as diverse as drowsy driving risks, cabin crew fatigue, an alarm for back-sleepers with OSA, and research showing why insomnia treatment works better in summer. Other new research will be presented on the effect of poor sleep on children’s waistlines and academic performance. Several new tech gadgets to treat OSA and insomnia are also on the agenda.

“This is a very exciting time in the world of sleep research,” Professor Eastwood says. “Many of the new devices being developed and new findings being presented around fatigue and insomnia have the power to make a real difference in the lives of tired Australians.”

The 31th annual scientific conference will open on Thursday, October 17 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. More than 800 delegates will attend across three days, with 200 abstracts to be presented on all aspects of sleep health and sleep disorders. 

For further information or to organise an interview about this year’s highlights, contact Lucy Williams:

M. 0403 753 028


About the Australasian Sleep Association

The Australasian Sleep Association is the peak scientific body in Australia and New Zealand representing clinicians, scientists and researchers in the broad area of Sleep. Our vision is the provision of world standard research, education and training, and establishment of clinical standards to ensure clinical best practice in sleep medicine resulting in an informed community with healthy sleep practices.



Organisation: Australasian Sleep Association


Topic: Health / Medical

Public ContactName Lucy Williams
Phone 0403753028