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From 9-13 October 2021 Brisbane will become a hub for sleep medicine, science, and education with the first ever FREE Sleep Health & Wellbeing Expo on Saturday 9th October followed by the Idiopathic Hypersomnia and Narcolepsy Education Day on Sunday 10th October, running alongside the Australasian Sleep Association’s conference (10-13th October), all under the one roof at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Click here to view the draft program for the Idiopathic Hypersomnia and Narcolepsy Education Day. We are very pleased that international sleep researcher, Professor Yves Dauvilliers, University of Montpellier, France has agreed to be our keynote speaker. We also have Australian speakers including Professor Ron Grunstein, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, and Professor Sutapa Mukherjee, Clinical Chair Australasian Sleep Association, Associate Professor of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Flinders University and others. Researchers and clinicians in Australia receive very little or no education with regards to narcolepsy and disorders of hypersomnolence. This lack of knowledge and understanding has direct negative health outcomes for sufferers including delayed diagnosis and treatment. Our Education Day is a unique opportunity designed for medical and allied health care professionals, sufferers and their family and friends to learn more about these disorders from our invited speakers and from each other. Make a weekend of it! As mentioned above there will be a FREE Sleep Health & Wellbeing Expo on Saturday 9th October (the day before the IH & Narcolepsy Education Day) that we are working on with Sleep Disorders Australia. It will include morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and free espresso coffee! The goal of the Expo is to spread the message of the importance of having all 4 pillars of health in balance. In order to maintain a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle it’s important to give the same level of care and attention to 4 elements, known as “Pillars of Health”; • Sleep • Mindset • Exercise • Nutrition
These four pillars are our foundation for good health. If one or more of these pillars are not in place it will have a negative impact on the others. People with Idiopathic Hypersomnia get more than enough good quality sleep so they don't have a problem with the first pillar however because they need to sleep so much and the sleep is so deep it is easy for the other 3 pillars to suffer. While a good diet and exercise will not improve Idiopathic Hypersomnia symptoms a poor diet and lack of exercise can definitely make symptoms more difficult to manage. Another problem that many people with Idiopathic Hypersomnia have is managing the depression and anxiety that is common when trying to cope with a chronic illness. So, even if you get enough good quality sleep if you are not getting enough exercise and you are not maintaining a balanced diet, and if your mindset is comprised it can set off a vicious cycle that can be hard to get out of and it can have a negative impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Come along for a whole weekend of information and education to help you live your best life! Click here for more information about the Sleep Health & Wellbeing Expo. Please note: Hypersomnolence Australia does not receive funding so tickets to the Idiopathic Hypersomnia & Narcolepsy Education Day will not be free however we do hope to make them as cheap as possible eg: $40. The price will include morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. How much the ticket price will be will depend on how much money we can raise between now and March 2021 when tickets will go on sale. Please consider helping us with fundraising. The easiest way to do that is with a Facebook fundraiser. Find out how to set one up and other ways you can help raise funds here. Follow us on Facebook and check back here for updates about the Idiopathic Hypersomnia & Narcolepsy Education Day including how you can purchase tickets.