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01 Feb 2019

The Australian Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee will be holding public hearings in Sydney on Tuesday, February 5 and in Melbourne on Wednesday, February 6, as part of its Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia.

The Committee Chair, Trent Zimmerman MP, said: “Sleep is a fundamental biological need, and along with a good diet and physical exercise, sleep is the third pillar of a healthy lifestyle.

“Increasingly, Australians are balancing their work, family, and social commitments by cutting back on sleep. We know as many as 40 per cent of Australian adults are not regularly getting enough sleep. And it is not just adults, for young people spending increased time on the internet, playing digital games, and social networking can come at the expense of sleep.

“In the short-term, the consequences of insufficient sleep include decreased work or school performance and an increased risk of road accidents. Over the longer term, insufficient sleep has wide ranging health effects, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and dementia.”  

Further information about the inquiry is available on the Committee's website https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Health_Aged_Care_and_Sport/SleepHealthAwareness   

 


Published: 01 Feb 2019