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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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  • Call + 61 2 8814 8655 Mon to Fri, 8am to 5pm AEST (non-medical advice)

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Last reviewed: December 2020

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REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

What is RBD? RBD happens when you sleep. It can lead to talking and shouting. It can make you move vigorously. You might have vivid, striking dreams as well. When this happens, people with RBD are seen to suddenly move or call out. They can look like they are acting out their dreams. The episode usually doesn't go on

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

1. What is it?Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the throat (also known as the "pharynx" or "upper airway") during sleep. A narrow floppy throat is also more likely to vibrate during sleep, which causes snoring. If partial or complete obstruc

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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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Sleeping Tablets

What Are Sleeping Tablets?Sleeping tablets work on pathways in the brain which are important in regulating whether someone is awake or asleep. Most sleeping tablets make the sleep pathways more active. One of the newer medications works by making the wake pathways less active.Sleeping tablets ge

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Behavioural Sleep Problems in School Aged Children

What are some common behavioural sleep problems in children?The most common issues are: not getting into bed; not settling into sleep; not staying in their own bed; waking up at night; getting up in the morning and / or not getting enough sleep.What can you do to get your child into bed at the right time?Set up a

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Incontinence (Nocturia)

What is Nocturia?Nocturia is the need to get up during the night to urinate, thereby interrupting sleep. Sleep occurs before and after each time you wake up.What are the most common types of nocturia? There are three main types of nocturia: 1) nocturnal polyuria (or overproduction); 2) bladder storage problems; a

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Sleep tracker technology

Sleep Tracker technologyHigh tech wrist watches and smartphone apps have been developed to help monitor your sleep patterns. These trackers promise a lot, with some even claiming to measure the time you spend in each stage of sleep. Although it might be fun to pore over data you have collected about yourself, it is

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Why nap?If we dont have enough good quality sleep, we may feel tired and sleepy during the day. This can make it difficult to do our normal daily activities. Naps may help to make us more alert, active and better able to cope during the day.When can naps be good? Sometimes we know in advance that we will not b

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Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Important things to know about OSA treatmentsAs the causes of sleep apnea vary there is no single treatment that works for everyone.Deciding which treatment is most appropriate is best done by talking to your doctor.Weight loss is advisable in anyone who is overweight.Reduction of alcohol consumption, avoid

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Older People and Sleeping

How do older people sleep differently?Most people sleep between 7 and 9 hours each day. However older people may not have all their sleep at night, around 4 in 10 older people have at least one nap every day. This is usually for at least half an hour. Most people over the age of 80 nap for more than one

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