Sleep disorders and sleep problems affect as many as 40% of Australian adults at any one time. Even if you don’t have a sleep problem, many people do not get enough sleep and would like to get more.
Getting enough sleep is not only crucial to your immediate health and safety by reducing the risk of drowsy driving crashes or workplace accidents, but also to your day-to-day performance, productivity, mood, relationships and energy levels. Longer term, not getting enough sleep is associated with an increased risk of many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and some forms of cancer. It is important to get enough sleep each and every day to maintain good alertness, health and wellbeing.
The Sleep Health Foundation is a national organisation devoted to education, advocacy and supporting research into sleep and its disorders. It has a lot of information about sleep and sleep disorders that can be found at: https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/.
A list of factsheets on various topics around sleep and sleep disorders can also be found on this website.
Sleep Disorders Australia is a voluntary group offering assistance and support to people and their families living with sleep disorders - www.sleepoz.org.au.
The Australasian Sleep Association is the peak national association of clinicians and scientists devoted to investigation of sleep and its disorders: www.sleep.org.au.