We all know that sleep is important: it rejuvenates the body and mind, it helps you to function, and it feels pretty good to wake up from a nap. But thanks to the society we live in – where hustle culture is king and we are increasingly encouraged to be switched on 24/7 – very few Australians are getting enough of it.

According to these collected statistics from What A Sleep!, 2 out of 5 Australians regularly struggle with sleep and close to 60% show at least one sleep disorder symptom. What’s more concerning, around 38% of Australians report being dissatisfied with their sleep but are failing to do anything about it.

It’s no surprise we’ve taken such a lax attitude towards our sleep. Firstly, workplace attitudes have changed. We see hustling and being available at any hour as dedication to your work, and some industries actively promote functioning on minimal sleep. Other jobs, such as those that require you to work from home, make it hard to define an ideal work-life balance. Secondly, we consume more digital media than ever, and the exposure to light, screens and stimulation at all hours is causing us to lose sleep, particularly if we are exposed just before bed. Finally, Turning Point (an addiction treatment service) has stated that 40% of Australians consume alcohol prior to bed and that contributes to lower quality sleep.

The consequences of not getting enough sleep are not just feeling sleepy. 20% of Australians have fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives, with around 5% resulting in an accident. A driver who hasn’t slept in 17 hours or more performs the same on the road as someone who is above the legal blood alcohol limit (0.05). In the workplace, 21% of men and 13% of women fall asleep at their desk in a month, while workers who are sleep deprived by 5 hours or more make twice as many mistakes as their colleagues.

Is there someone in your life who says they work better when they haven’t slept? They’re wrong!

Poor sleep also carries a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, heart failure, type 2 diabetes, depression, neurodegenerative disease, and general higher mortality risk. Yikes!

Sleep is not just a quirky, inconvenient thing our bodies do everyday. Sleeping is a fundamental biological need that is essential for healthy living. Depriving yourself of sleep is no different than depriving yourself of eating, drinking, or life-saving medication. The better you sleep, the better you will feel.

So, how can we get better sleep?

  • Limit your screen time before bed.
  • Try to get 8-10 hours of sleep per night.
  • Avoid alcohol before bed.
  • Find ways to manage your stress during the day, such as meditation.
  • Avoid falling for workplace pressure – assert your boundaries around work/life balance.

Most of all, if you feel you are struggling, don’t be afraid to seek help from your doctor! They can help you identify the underlying causes of poor sleep and start healing.

Check out our blog on sleep hygiene for more tips, or shop our collections and snag yourself some Cosy Club Sheets. Treat Sheet yourself!

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