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Sleep: The One Habit That Rules Them All

Dr Moira shares some little known facts about sleep and your health. Did you know:

  • 4000 people per year die on the roads due to sleep impairment and related outcomes. 
  • The symptoms of not sleeping are similar to ADHD. 
  • A common symptom of sleep deprivation is an impaired immune system — you already know that when you are unwell, you tend to sleep more. 
  • There is a relationship with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. 

So how much sleep do you need?

Are people who sleep 3-4 hours a night “elite” sleepers? No! Genetically some people find that this amount of sleep is enough, but most of us will need more. 

People sleeping 6-11 hours per night are considered to be in the normal range of sleep, with babies needing 11-19 hours of sleep. 

In this webinar Dr Moira explains the stages of sleep. Dreaming occurs in REM sleep when the mind is close to being awake. 

Are you an early riser or do you wake up in the night?

This is quite normal! The deepest part of sleep happens at the beginning of your rest, during the first four hours. After this, if you feel awake but are relaxed, stay in bed and relax. There’s no need to worry about the feeling of wakefulness. 

It’s only when you feel restless or agitated that you should get up and do something else for a while until you feel sleepy again. 

Watch the webinar to learn about sleep pressure, napping, the role of caffeine and alcohol and the things you can do to feel more rested. 

About Dr Moira Junge

Dr Moira Junge is the first CEO of the Sleep Health Foundation and is the Director of the Australian Sleep and Alertness Consortium. She is Psychologist with over 20 years experience in clinical practice, research and workplace wellbeing consulting, focusing on securing more funding for important research, and ensuring that sleep health is a part of all national conversations about health.

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