The cost of sleep disorders to the Australian economy has been
calculated to be $5 billion (£3.4 billion) a year, according to
Deloitte Access Economics.
By calculating the loss of productivity, absenteeism and poor work
performance attributed to sleep, as well as a good diet and
exercise, the economics advisory practice was able to define the
cost of sleep as a monetary value.
More than 1.5 million adult Australians, or nine per cent of the
population, suffer from sleep disorders, including sleep apnoea,
insomnia and restless leg syndrome.
Professor David Hillman, the director of the West Australian Sleep
Disorders Research Institute commented on ABC news that: "What
these conditions have in common is that they disrupt sleep and
cause daytime symptoms."
Direct health costs of sleep disorders costs around $800 million
(£542 million) a year, added to other costs, such as productivity
losses and workplace accidents, total about $4.3 billion (£2.9
billion), $5.1 billion (£3.5 billion) in total.
Sleep deprivation can lead to several health problems, such as
memory loss, weight fluctuations, a weakened immune system and high
Published by Elizabeth Mewes