Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Healthy sleep habits

Many Australians don’t get enough sleep, surveys show, and they feel tired as a result. Research also shows that while sleep disorders like insomnia are sometimes to blame, poor sleep habits or choices are just as often the cause.

How much sleep do I need?

Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Children and teenagers need more sleep than adults, while older people tend to sleep more lightly and for shorter time spans than when they were younger, despite needing the same amount of sleep as they did as young adults.

What is good sleep hygiene?

Healthy sleep habits, also called good sleep hygiene, are habits you can develop to help you sleep well. While you can’t make yourself sleep, there are things you can do to increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.

Things you can do to improve your sleep include making some simple changes to your environment as well as changing the timing of certain activities, or what you eat and drink.

In most cases, sleeping pills are not the answer – they aren’t suitable for regular use and don’t address the cause of sleeping problems.

Last reviewed: August 2015

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Found 55 results

Helping your child sleep through the night

Help your child develop a healthy sleeping pattern, sleep longer at night and wake less often. Learn more about how your child can develop good sleeping habits.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Settiling Your Crying And Overtired Toddler | Tresillian

Sleeping habits change as your child develops. To promote healthy sleep habits daily routines need to match your childs developmental stage. Here are some tips on helping your crying or overtired toddler sleep.

Read more on Tresillian website

Your child

Looking after your child's health includes healthy eating, good sleeping patterns, dental care for infants and children, play and physical activity exercise.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Pregnancy and Sleep

Important Things to Know About Pregnancy and Sleep.

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Teen Health - Health Topics - Sleep

Have you ever worked out how much of your life has been spent sleeping? Ever noticed how some people seem to be able to fall asleep easily, and others can take ages?

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Ten Tips for a Good Night Sleep

Over recent years we have come to understand how important good sleep is to our health and well-being.

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Understanding and helping poor sleep

The Sleep health Foundation Australia

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Young Adult Health - Health Topics - Sleep

Have you ever worked out how much of your life has been spent sleeping? Ever noticed how some people seem to be able to fall asleep easily, and others can take ages?

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Healthy mind :: SA Health

Information on how to maintain a healthy emotional state.

Read more on SA Health website

Coping with grief

Healing happens over time. You may always carry some sadness and miss the person who is gone, but the painful, intense feelings should gradually subside. It eventually becomes easier to deal with life.

Read more on mindhealthconnect website

Check your symptoms Find a health service

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo
Feedback