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Sleep Health Foundation

The Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) is a non-profit organisation and Australian public advocate for sleep health. The Foundation is Australia’s leading advocate for healthy sleep and helping people to understand the value of getting a good night’s sleep.

Healthy sleep is vital for physical health, mental wellbeing, safety and productivity. Research suggests that over 20% of the population suffer from sleep problems on a daily or near daily basis. Despite this, sleep health receives little attention relative to other aspects of healthy living, such as diet and exercise.

Vision and mission

The Sleep Health Foundation’s mission is to improve people’s lives through better sleep.

It aims to improve people’s lives by promoting sleep, advocating to governments and the community, and raising awareness of sleep disorder.

How the Sleep Health Foundation can help


The Foundation effectively delivers the sleep health message to the community (through its media, social media and website resources) and to community leaders and government.


The Foundation works with key players to promote sleep health. These include patient groups, professional organisations, businesses and researchers.

Best practice

The Foundation promotes industry best practice standards to ensure a high standing for sleep therapies in the minds of the community and its leaders.


The Foundation makes educational material about sleep and its problems freely available through its website and social media outlets.


The Foundation has a rapidly growing database of ‘e-newsletter subscribers’ and a growing social media presence through its Facebook page.

Research and development

The Sleep Health Foundation's newly developed research and development division, The Australian Sleep and Alertness Consortium (ASAC), explores research opportunities in the areas of occupational safety and healthcare, as well as road safety - building upon the outputs, expertise and legacy of the Alertness CRC.

New website

The WorkAlert® website provides science-driven tips and knowledge to help conquer the challenges of staying alert in a busy world. It provides advice on how an employer or employee – can keep yourself and your workplace safe.

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Last reviewed: December 2020

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Sleep Mistakes

1. Not going to bed and getting up at consistent times each day Some of us can get away with changing the times we go to bed and get up. However many people cannot. These people do far better with regular hours of sleep. This lets our internal body clock build a strong sleep wake cycle. Going to bed and getting up at

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Anxiety and Sleep

Anxiety and Sleep The Most Important Things to Know About Anxiety and Sleep If you are a ""worrier"", you are at greater risk of having insomnia. Worrying about your sleep can make it worse. This may create a vicious cycle of poor sleep and worrying. Worrying may disturb your sleep even you if you are not an anxi

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Hot nights – how to help sleep

Many people dread summer because of the problems they experience on the hot nights. There are some things that you can do to help (short of installing air conditioning).Skin temperature is the keyResearch has found the ideal sleeping temperature is around 17 to 19 degrees Celsius. If this level can’t be provided th

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Melatonin and Children

What is melatonin? For general information on melatonin please see our melatonin web page. What can children use melatonin for? In children, melatonin is typically used to treat difficulties with going to sleep or staying asleep. It may benefit children who are developing normally as well as children with Attention

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Sleep Terrors

What are sleep terrors? Sleep terror disorder means very strong feelings of terror and panic during sleep. You have them while you are in deep sleep. They are also sometimes called ‘night terrors’. They tend to happen fairly soon after going to sleep. Two thirds of the time, they are in the first period of deep s

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Caring for your CPAP Equipment

Many patients with respiratory problems use positive airway pressure therapy.  This can be for a problem that affects movement of air into and out of the lungs (e.g. obstructive sleep apnea, obesity or a respiratory muscle disorder) or the lungs themselves (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cystic fibr

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Anaesthesia, Sleep and Sleep Apnea

How are sleep and anaesthesia the same? How do they differ? Sleep is natural.  When you have met the need for it, it will finish by itself. Anaesthesia is caused by drugs. It will only finish when the drugs wear off.  These drugs work by acting on the same parts of the brain that control sleep.  Both an

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Common Causes of Inadequate Sleep

COMMON REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T GET ENOUGH SLEEP 1. Taking sleep for granted Many people do not realize how important sleep is. Instead, they may think of it as a waste of time. Time spent in bed asleep is time well spent. There are many very important things that the brain needs to do while asleep. These include for

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Facts about Sleep

  Sleep need varies Different people need different amounts of sleep.  Eight and a quarter hours is the average for adults.  Some people can cope very well with much less and some need much more every night. Sleep is an active state We used to think that everything shuts down when we sleep.  B

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Tips to Help Combat Jet Lag

1. For short trips, stay on home time. If you are away from home for a only a day or two, try to eat when you would usually eat at home, try to sleep when you would usually sleep at home and try to not go outside when it is dark at home. 2. For longer trips, change your time as soon as possible If you are away for m

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