48.8% complained that their hectic schedule is hampering their sleep. Furthermore, SHF mentioned how few people feel achievement with little rest and take pride in it.
The Institute for Social Research (ISSR) has discussed environmental and societal factors playing a role in an individual’s potential to get enough sleep.
The Public Health Association discussed how poor accommodation conditions, unemployment, noise, inadequacy in locality safety, financial crisis, etc., have become primary reasons for lack of sleep.
According to the SleepFit report, amongst 4000 participants, 37% mentioned the bedrooms being either too hot or cold, 20% interrupted by children, and 17.5% due to noise.
38% of adults with partners sleep separately to get better sleep.
13.8% of adults get up 2-3 nights in a week to utilise technology, whereas 12.7% wake up once a week.
Above 28% of 12-13 years children and 27% of 14-15 years, teenagers do not follow the sleep guidelines due to access to the internet.
The Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre (MSDC) stated behavioural industries see minimal sleep as a constructive characteristic.
22% of people work before going to bed, out of which 69% suffer from sleep problems.
40% of Australians drink alcohol during bedtime and could affect both health and sleep behaviour.
Results of lack of sleep
The numbers baffle everyone. With the above information, let’s see the repercussions of not sleeping enough.
Deloitte evaluated that between 2016-17, 3,017 Australians passed away due to sleeplessness. Heart conditions caused 77% of these deaths.
Once a month, 29% of people drive in an exhausted state
More than 50% of exhaustion-related accidents occur within 25km of leaving point.
The Australian Epidemiological Association (AEA) said poor sleeping habits increase 20-40% risk for long-term health conditions.
According to the Sleep Health Survey, 2016, 20% go through insomnia, 18% suffer Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)- urge to move legs while sleeping, and 8% from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)- a person breathing stops during sleep.
Sleep disorders can occur due to ill mental and physical health. Insomnia has increased to 30-80%.
At any given time, 1 in 10 Australians has at least mild insomnia. Women and the elderly are more likely to suffer from it.
3.Social and economic costs
In 2016-17, Deloitte reported that $66.3 billion was the expenditure for the outcome of having insufficient sleep. The cost took in $26.2 billion as financial expenditure and $40.1 billion in handling well-being.
Due to insufficient sleep, the financial cost incorporated productivity loss of $17.9 billion, $1.8 billion under healthcare costs, $0.6 billion for info, and $5.9 billion for other charges, including encumbrance cost.
The Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) figure lost because of poor sleep helped estimate the lost social welfare expenditure of $40.1 billion.
Take measures for improvement
It is a fact that sleep contributes 88% to our physical and 89% to mental health. Let us see how Australia is taking the initiative.
Philips Global Sleep Survey, 2018 reported 63% of Australians are taking measurements for better sleep. 33% watch TV while 31% reduce caffeine consumption.
21% listen to calming music, around 18% set a schedule to wake up, and 18% take prescribed sleep drugs.
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