Asleep on the job: costs of inadequate sleep in Australia

Health promotion Productivity Public health Well-being Australia

This is the Sleep Health Foundation's third commissioned report since 2003. These reports provide the foundations for policy changes to improve the wellbeing, health and productivity of all Australians.

This report shows that four out of every ten Australians are suffering from inadequate sleep. Half of these people experience ongoing pathologically high levels of daytime sleepiness. The rest know that their sleep is routinely insufficient because they can’t function at normal levels of alertness, concentration and emotional control.

Such an epidemic of inadequate sleep comes at a cost. This report uses a careful, evidence-based approach to convincingly add up the many billions of dollars that poor sleep has cost the Australian economy in 2016-2017. The numbers are big, the personal and national costs are bigger and their consequences should not be ignored.

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