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World Sleep Day sees the launch of Australia’s first national, personalised sleep test - “How sleep fit are you”?

Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Australia’s first national, personalised sleep test launches Friday, March 15. www.howsleepfitareyou.com 
  • 39.8% of Australians suffer from insufficient sleep*  
  • It is estimated that $17.9 Billion is lost annually in productivity alone* 
  • 30% of the adult population over 55 years are currently affected by Insomnia**
  • People suffering from insomnia are seven times more likely to become involved in accidents than good sleepers***


On this World Sleep Day, SleepFit and The Sleep Health Foundation have teamed up to launch Australia’s first national, personalised sleep test. Created by leading sleep experts and supported by the Sleep Health Foundation, the “How sleep fit are you?” test will instantly calculate your personalised results and provide you with information and education based on your current sleep patterns, helping you take immediate steps to a better night’s sleep.


Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threaten the health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population.

Specifically, 39.8% of Australian's get insufficient sleep. This impacts both physical and mental health and costs billions of dollars each year through lost productivity, accidents at work and other costs to the health system. In fact, Deloitte have estimated the annual cost of productivity loss alone attributed to insufficient sleep to be $17.9 Billion.

Sleep issues have been linked to a range of serious health issues such as Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Stroke, Cancer, Depression, Anxiety and a shorter life span - all of which impact the well-being of Australia and the cost of public health.

In addition to the serious health risks, lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep also leaves us more vulnerable to accidents. People who suffer insomnia are seven times more likely to become involved in an accident causing death or serious injury than good sleepers.

Many Australian’s experiencing poor sleep will be suffering from undiagnosed sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) or Insomnia. Most of these disorders are treatable, so awareness is critical.

Emeritus Professor Dorothy Bruck, Victoria University, Chairperson of the Sleep Health Foundation said
“The Sleep Health foundation is delighted to be partnering with SleepFit on this national initiative on World Sleep Day. Innovative, digital solutions like this personalised sleep test allows us to help people concerned about their sleep and is an important step forward in setting Australia up for better sleep health.”

 

Sleep & Respiratory Physician and Medical Director, Sydney Sleep Centre, Dr Anup Desai (MBBS (Syd) FRACP PhD Sleep Medicine (Syd)) said; “By making this sleep test available to all Australians we can ensure as many people as possible are aware of, and educated about, their personal sleep health. This initiative provides a fantastic opportunity to positively impact the sleep health of Australia on this World Sleep Day and I would encourage everyone to get involved”

For more information visit: www.sleepfit.io
 

*Asleep on the job: Costs of inadequate sleep in Australia, Deloitte Access Economics, 2017
**Wade AG, Zisapel N, Lemoine P. Prolonged-release melatonin for the treatment of insomnia: targeting quality of sleep and morning alertness. Ageing Health 2008; 4 (1): 11-12;
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Metlaine A et al. Socioeconomic impact of insomnia in working populations. Indust Health 2005; 43(1): 11-19.


 

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