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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

Advocacy

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.

Collaboration

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.

Resources

The Foundation makes educational material about sleep and its problems freely available through its website and social media outlets.

Communication

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.

Information line

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

Recommended links

This information was originally published on healthdirect - Sleep Health Foundation.

Last reviewed: December 2020

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Sleep Tips for New Mothers

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Tips to Help Baby Sleep Better

1. Establish a regular sleep time During the first weeks of life your baby does not yet have a set day-night rhythm. You can help create this rhythm by setting regular times for going to bed and waking up. These need to allow plenty of time for sleep. The more regular the hours, the stronger the sleep-wake cycle will

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Bedwetting

How common is it? It is very common.  Most children need to wear a nappy or protective pants at night to avoid wetting their bed up until at least age five. At four years of age nearly one in three children wet, and this falls to about one in 10 by age six. Some teenagers wet the bed too. This is especially commo

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Nightmares

What are nightmares? Nightmares are vivid scary dreams. They tend to wake you up. They may often also stop you going back to sleep due to fear. Many children have them, but they tend to stop between ages 9 to 11. If they keep going past this age and are not due to stress or trauma, then the person might keep having t

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