Sleep Week

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Sleep Week 2022

This year we’re launching the first Australia-only Sleep Week which will run from Monday 26th of September – Sunday 2nd of October as we lead up to the commencement of Daylight Savings Time.

Adequate amounts of sleep are an essential part of our health, productivity, performance and overall wellbeing.  Sleep Week shines the spotlight on sleep, which is often overlooked as a health and lifestyle factor, to promote the importance of sleep via education and awareness.

We encourage individuals, workplaces, schools and businesses to participate in sleep-related activities. We also ask workplaces, schools and businesses to consider utilising our Speaker Program, where you can request a sleep expert to talk to your group about sleep. This is an excellent way to incorporate sleep into your existing health and wellbeing programs. Click here for more details about our Speaker Program and how to organise one.

Below is a breakdown of our activities for the week. Any further questions or queries can be directed to

Monday 26th of September

Burnout, rest, and post-COVID

We’ll be kicking off the week with a focus on fatigue and burnout, the importance of rest, and how to manage life post-COVID. 

We encourage workplaces, schools and businesses to set aside an additional 20 mins during their day to allow students and employees to take a communal break. Whether they need a moment to relax with a cup of tea, step away from their electronic devices for a while, or take a short (WFH) power nap, this allocated 20 mins gives them the chance to rest without any guilt. You may be surprised by the power of the rest period and/or the powernap. 

Tuesday 27th of September

Sleep Seminar Series Launch

Tuesday will be the exciting launch of our new virtual, free and public Sleep Seminar Series. The Sleep Series will take place monthly, with each meeting focusing on a different sleep topic. This program is part of our aim to help educate and raise awareness about the importance and impacts of sleep.

The first webinar, which will be launched on the evening of Tuesday September 27, will be presented by Professor Peter Cistulli. Peter leads the Sleep Research Theme in the multidisciplinary Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. He heads the Discipline of Sleep Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. He is also Director of the Centre for Sleep Health & Research in the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He will talk about ‘The Future of Sleep’ and outline the importance of prioritising sleep and its role in the prevention of other health conditions.

Wednesday 28th September

Wind-Down Wednesday

This will be our “Wind-Down Wednesday” where we put the spotlight on the pre-bed period. You will learn how to develop a personalised pre-sleep routine to maximise your sleep. Exercising, computer games and TV on a hand-held device can run the risk of disturbing sleep if too close to bedtime, or too intense. We will be posting information on the importance of a pre-sleep routine and will be asking you to tell us your best tips for getting off to sleep.

Thursday 29th September

Emerging Sleep Hero Awards

On Thursday 29th of September we will be celebrating the Sleep Health Foundation’s third annual Emerging Sleep Hero Awards. This event recognises the incredible efforts of five finalists, who will demonstrate how their research positively impacts the sleep field and the wider community. Join us for the free online event at 6pm AEST.

Read more about the Emerging Sleep Hero Awards and how to apply here.

Friday 30th September

Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep plays a key role in good mental health. People experiencing a mental health condition are more likely to have sleeping difficulties. The good news is that improving sleep often reduces the severity of mental health problems.  Getting better sleep is also a great strategy for helping to prevent mental health problems from developing, or reducing the chances of a relapse. 

There are effective, evidence-based ways to improve sleep, and these should be part of treatment plans to help mental health. We highlight the importance of sleep in mental health, and how it’s essential to treat BOTH sleep problems and mental health problems at the same time. We will share tips, and speak to people about the ways in which their sleep impacts their mental health and vice versa.

Saturday 1st of October

Executive Sleep Challenge

We are encouraging invited CEOs and Senior Executives within our network to undertake the Sleep Health Foundation's Inaugural Executive Sleep Challenge. This is a pilot activity for us that we’re anticipating will have some positive outcomes on participants’ sleep and overall wellbeing. We will launch a larger event in the following years on the basis of the learnings from this first program.

Sleep is vital for optimal importance, and when sleep is prioritised at the highest level within the workplace productivity improves. Not only this, but sleep is important for physical and mental health. Individuals who have healthy sleep are less likely to become unwell (and therefore take less sick days) and are likely to be happier (improved mental health) and the benefits include being better leader and having better staff retention.

Participants will choose one aspect of their sleep that they wish to improve and will establish a sleep goal and will commit to this for a period of 1 month. Over the course of the month, participants will track their sleep and sleepiness/burnout/fatigue to see how this may change. It’s expected that at the end of the month, there will be improvements to sleep, daytime productivity, mood and health.

Sunday 2nd of October

Daylight Savings starts 

Remember on Sunday October 2nd at 2am, clocks are turned forward one hour to 3am, meaning a loss of one hour. Once this change occurs sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later than the day before. There will be less light in the mornings initially and it will be lighter in the evenings.

We will provide tips for how to best cope with this change, ways of learning about your circadian timing system, and how you can use the light and the dark to improve sleep and wellbeing.