A recent economic report commissioned by the Sleep Health Foundation reveals sleep disorders cost the Australian economy more than $5.1 billion a year in health care and indirect costs. In addition, the reduction in life quality caused by sleep disorders has a further cost equivalent of $31.4 billion a year. 1.5 million Australians suffer from some form of sleep disorder.
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 apnea 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.