Recent Medibank research1 shows that Australians are struggling to get a good night’s rest – with almost two million Aussies affected by sleeping disorders or sleep apnoea in the past year.
The data also shows the number of admissions for sleep studies2 has increased significantly, up more than 52 per cent since 20103.
While most of us have experienced the immediate effects of a bad night’s sleep—such as fatigue, bad mood, or lack of focus—it appears poor sleep can also have a far more serious impact on your health.
According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, research has revealed that people who consistently fail to get enough sleep are at an increased risk of chronic disease.
They report that a lack of sleep—especially on a regular basis—is associated with long-term health consequences, including chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, and that these conditions may lead to a shortened life expectancy.
Medibank Medical Adviser, Dr Yohan Nathan says sleep is important for our overall health.
“Research shows that sleep loss and sleep disorders, can have a serious impact on our overall health, brain and body function.”
“It’s important to that we all take sleep seriously and aim to consistently get enough sleep every night. Not only will you feel better, but you can also help prevent future illnesses.”
If suspect you have a sleep disorder, or have any questions about your sleep habits, talk to your GP.