Improving your sleep
- Up to 45% of Australians have sleep difficulties – this can lead to health conditions or make existing ones worse.
- 19% of people that snore have a sleep disorder.
- Three quarters of those that sleep less than 5.5 hours, suffer daytime impairment and fatigue.
- A quarter of adults use the internet every night of the week just before bed and have frequent sleep difficulties or daytime impairments.
- After 17 hours without sleep, our alertness is similar to the effects of a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05.
- 23% of women over 75 take a sleeping tablet.
- Insomnia for a year triples your risk of diabetes.
- Reduce distractions. Eliminate noise, bright light and screen time prior to bed.
- Relax. Getting to sleep and getting quality sleep needs a relaxed mind and body. Find a way to unwind.
- Aim for routine. Go to bed at the same time, and only use bed for sleep and sex.
- Avoid caffeine, reduce alcohol and quit smoking.
- Get help. Counselling for depression and anxiety, pain management, and screen for any thyroid, heart or respiratory disorders with your GP.
Patient information flyer: 20180606 Patient education – Sleep v1
- Improving Sleep A guide to a good night’s rest – Harvard Medical School