Sleep is just as essential to humans as food and water, however many Australians are falling short of recommended amounts of sleep.

Although many aspects of sleep are still a mystery, it is clear it serves an essential function for most animals, humans included. Sleep helps us restore both physically and mentally, being a period of peak activity for muscle regeneration, toxin removal, immune system function and learning and memory consolidation. Although sleep needs vary across individuals and age brackets, the recommended amount of sleep for adults is between 7.5 – 8 hours of sleep for both men and women.

Alarmingly, the most recent survey from the Australian Sleep Health Foundation highlights that:

 

Insufficient sleep causes more than just tiredness, it can impact physical and mental health, even causing premature death.

Periods of insufficient sleep can have critical physical and mental health consequences. These include increased risk of:

 

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