Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology

Centre for Sleep Science

Further Information

Sleep researcher with sleep science patient

Key contacts

Prof Peter Eastwood
Head of Centre

Ms Kathleen Maddison
Centre Administration Manager

Student enquiries
(+61 8) 6488 3313

With sleep disorders costing the Australian community $10 billion a year, the Centre for Sleep Science at The University of Western Australia addresses the causes of poor sleep.

Headed by Professor Peter Eastwood, the Centre boasts three bedrooms equipped with state-of-the-art sleep recording and analysis equipment.  It also contains consulting rooms, a range of training and seminar rooms, and offices for staff and students.

Video: Winthrop Professor Peter Eastwood on sleep disorder research at the University.

Sleep Research

We spend a third of our lives asleep.  Most of us wake the next day feeling refreshed and rested.  But this is not the case for many individuals who have sleep disorders, poor sleep habits or who do shift work.

Sleep science research has far-ranging implications for improving individual health and well-being and for optimising shift scheduling, safety and productivity.

Research over the past 15 years has resulted in an explosive growth in our understanding of the consequences of poor sleep, which include increased risk of mental and physical illness, car and industrial accidents and productivity loss at work.

Professor Eastwood's research focuses on the challenges to breathing during wakefulness, sleep and general anaesthesia.  His other sleep-related research is in areas including schizophrenia and sleep disorders; the effect of cold-water immersion post-exercise on sleep; and stroke, dysphagia and sleep apnoea. 

A clinical partnership with the West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital will support academic courses from graduate certificates to PhD programs.  And an innovative partnership with the University of Adelaide has seen the development of a jointly badged Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine.