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Asleep on the job

  • Asleep on the job

How much sleep did you get last night?

A new health survey to be released next week shows that 39.8 per cent of Australians don't get enough sleep.

And it's dragging down our productivity, not to mention putting us in danger.

It is estimated some 7.4 million Australian adults who did not regularly get the sleep they need in 2016-17.

This lack of sleep was estimated to result in 3,017 deaths in 2016-17.

It is expected that more than one Australian will die every day (394 over the year) from falling asleep at the wheel of a vehicle
or from industrial accidents due to lack of sleep.

The remaining mortality is due to sequelae such as heart diseases and diabetes.

Not surprisingly for such a prevalent condition, the costs are also high.

Lack of sleep substantially reduces workplace productivity through absenteeism.

While the costs of treating sleep disorders themselves are small, the costs of treating the many conditions caused by lack of sleep are not.

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Earlier this year, the Sleep Foundation found up to 45 per cent of adults are in the grip of the so-called sleep epidemic, which risks our mental health and wellbeing.

Using the internet right before bedtime is thought to be one major contributor.

59 per cent of late night web surfers have more than two sleep problems.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg gave five tips on how to get a better night’s sleep on 3AW Mornings.

Dim all lights 30 minutes before bed.

Don’t brush your teeth in a room with incandescent lights.

No coffee after midday.

Make sure your bedroom is cool in temperature.

Try and go to bed and wake up at the same time every