About Sleep

  • Sleep disorders are common, affecting more than 1.5 million adult Australians
  • 5-10% of adults have obstructive sleep apnea and 10 per cent have problematic insomnia
  • 1 in 10 shift workers have shift work disorder, when their work schedule is out of sync with their body’s internal sleep‐wake clock
  • 2% of adults have restless leg syndrome, and about 0.5% have REM sleep behaviour disorder, in which the sufferer acts out their dreams
  • In Australia, the economic burden of disrupted sleep is significant, with a total health care cost of $818 million attributed to sleep disorders in 2010 alone
  • Indirect financial costs including lost productivity, absenteeism, accidents and injuries, were estimated to be $4.3 billion

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