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While Aussies are actively taking steps to improve their sleep, stress, illness and technology can get in the way of getting the right amount of shut-eye

As it’s World Sleep Day today (Friday 16 March), Philips has released the results of its global sleep survey.

The survey results revealed that:

  1. 53% of Australian adults have some kind of medical issue that impacts their sleep, with almost 2 in 10 adults reporting insomnia, chronic pain and snoring (all 16%)
  2. Worrying has kept over half of Australian adults up at night in the past 3 months (51%), followed by illness/physical discomfort (27%), and technology distractions (21%).
  3. After a bad night’s sleep, Australian adults report they aren’t as motivated (52%), they look tired (49%), they are moody/irritable (46%), or they can’t concentrate (42%).
  4. Over half (63%) of Australian adults have actively taken steps to improve their sleep, with listening to soothing music revealed as one of the most prominent methods (21%).
  5. Compared to the rest of the world, Australian adults are among the most likely to use prescription sleep drugs (18%) to aid sleep.

The Philips annual sleep survey, conducted online in February by Harris Poll on behalf of Philips, reviews the sleep habits of over 15,000 adults across 13 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, the UK, and the United States), taking a closer look at how sleep is prioritised, addressed, and perceived by populations around the globe.

“Sleep is an essential part of our lives,” said Professor Shantha Rajaratnam from the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences and Sleep Health Foundation.

“This report shows that people across the globe including Australia are recognising the importance of healthy sleep, and the consequences of poor sleep,” said Professor Rajaratnam.

“About 40% of Australians surveyed recognised that a bad night of sleep impacts a number of aspects of their brain functioning, including concentration (35%), motivation (43%) and mood (38%).

“The challenge for researchers in this rapidly expanding field is to develop innovative and effective solutions to help people identify and manage poor sleep, including sleep disorders as well as lifestyle-driven practices.”

“Sleep is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. On a day to day basis, how well and how long we slept the night before is the single most important variable dictating how we feel,” said Dr David White, Chief Medical Officer, Philips Sleep & Respiratory Care.

“Inadequate sleep can have an immediate impact on our wellbeing unlike exercise or diet. This survey shows that despite knowing sleep is important to overall health, people are still struggling to address it in the same way they would exercise or nutrition.

“The more we understand how sleep impacts everything we do, the better we can adjust our lifestyle and find solutions that help us get better sleep.”

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