Around a third of the population have trouble sleeping, including difficulties maintaining sleep throughout the night. While night time awakenings are distressing for most sufferers, there is some evidence from our recent past that suggests this period of wakefulness occurring between two separate sleep periods was the norm.
The Great Australian Sleep Report is a national survey commissioned by Koala Mattress. It found that the majority of Aussies (60 per cent) only get 6-7 hours of sleep per night. Furthermore, around half of us aren’t satisfied with the quality of our sleep and 58 per cent believe they are not getting enough of it. This infographic looks at the key findings.
Modern life is all about innovating our way out of our inabilities. We’re not meant to fly, or live 20 stories in the air, or speak to a friend in New Zealand. And (buzzkill alert) we’re not meant to be awake when the sun don’t shine. Of all that we can now do, the latter may be the most universal. If we’ve mastered anything, it’s light. For the large part, this is good news; extra hours in the “day” mean we can socialise longer and get more work done.
Infants, children and teens all need more sleep than the average adult. For years, we’ve heard varying but similar ranges from different sources, but now a recent consensus statement by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has helped put this debate to bed.
Nobody expects to get a full night’s sleep at music festivals — they’re noisy, crowded and way too much fun. However, getting zero shuteye can swiftly lead to headaches and exhaustion which translates to a thoroughly horrible time. This infographic from SleepyPeople lists 10 “sleep hacks” specifically designed for festival goers.
I, and every new parent I know, am terrified of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, better known as SIDS. It’s the leading cause of death for babies between one month and one year old, killing approximately 130 per year peacefully in their sleep in Australia. And so we check constantly to see if our babies are still breathing.
As groundbreaking personal statements go, ‘I never get enough sleep’ ranks somewhere down there with ‘I enjoy music!’ and ‘I like going out – but also staying in’. It’s the modern default. Because nobody does, right? Unless you’re under 10, over 70 or live on a farm with no wi-fi, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. I was one of those people. I decided to embark on a two-week experience to learn how to get eight hours of shut-eye a night.