Why does sleep matter?
Over recent years we have come to understand how important good sleep is to our health and well-being. With good nutrition and exercise, sleep is now recognised as one of the pillars of good health.
A lack of sleep can have a major impact on mood, concentration, memory and quality of life. In addition, medical sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea have been shown to contribute to other serious health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Having poor sleep is a major cause of lost productivity as well as accidents in the workplace, on the road and at home. A recent report estimated that sleep disorders cost the Australian community at least $5 billion per year. See report here.
Problems with sleep are very common. For more information, go to the Information Library.
Distinguished Achievement Award
The Chair of the Sleep Health Foundation, Prof David Hillman received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Annual Scientific Meeting of ASA & ASTA recently in Brisbane. The recipient of this award is usually an individual member who has made a high impact, highly original and important contribution or ongoing sustained, and significant contributions to the fields of sleep health and sleep science in Australasia and internationally. Congratulations David.
Why do people snore?
About 40% of men have at least mild snoring, on at least some nights. This number is smaller for women (around 30%). About 15% of people snore on most nights. People of any age can snore. Even some children have a problem with snoring (see Childhood Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
Medical Journal of Australia
Sleep disorders: a practical guide for Australian health care practitioners.
A major investment of both time and money has seen the publication of a Medical Journal of Australia supplement on Sleep Disorders. It is intended that this will become a major tool in the education of health professionals on the importance of sleep health, as well as diagnosis and best practice treatment of sleep disorders. The supplement is now available on the SHF website. To view or download, please click here.
If you are interested in finding out more information on how to sleep better you can now join us on our facebook page.
The Sleep Health Foundation is keen to share information about sleep and help the community to improve its sleep quality.
You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/SleepHealthFoundation
Ask an expert
Our organisation is a community partner on Healthshare, Australia's fastest growing interactive health network. Ask your questions in the Insomnia, Sleep Apnoea, Snoring, Restless Legs Syndrome and Narcolepsy communities and an Australian health professional will respond to you.