Need to talk? Call 1800 882 436.
It's a free call with a maternal child health nurse. *call charges may apply from your mobile

Is it an emergency? Dial 000
If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately.

beginning of content

Sleep Health Foundation

The Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) is Australia’s leading advocate for healthy sleep that aims to raise community awareness about the value of sleep and its common disorders, and to improve public health and safety. The Sleep Health Foundation is a non-profit health promotion charity that receives no government resources and relies on the untied funding and support of its corporate partners, sponsors, members, and donations.

Healthy sleep is vital for physical health, mental wellbeing, safety, and productivity. Research suggests inadequate sleep is highly prevalent in Australia with an estimated 39.8% of Australian adults experiencing some form of inadequate sleep. Despite this, sleep health receives little attention relative to other aspects of healthy living, such as diet and exercise.

Vision and mission

To improve people’s lives through better sleep.

To promote better sleep to optimise health, well-being and performance for all Australians.

How the Sleep Health Foundation can help

  • Political and community advocacy - The Sleep Health Foundation effectively delivers the sleep health message to the community, community leaders, government and people with sleep disorders.
  • Collaboration - The Sleep Health Foundation works with key players to promote sleep health. These include patient groups, professional organisations, businesses, and researchers.
  • Best practice - The Sleep Health Foundation promotes industry best practice standards for sleep health treatments and patient-focused services.
  • Resources - The Sleep Health Foundation provides evidence-based community education materials about sleep. These resources are freely available via the Sleep Health Foundation website and social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn).
  • Research and development - The Sleep Health Foundation's research and development division 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.
  • WorkAlert website - The Sleep Health Foundation, in partnership with the Alertness CRC, developed the WorkAlert® website to provide science-driven tips and knowledge to help conquer the challenges of staying alert in a busy world. The website provides advice on how you – as an employer or employee – can keep yourself and your workplace safe.

Information line

  • Call 03 7067 6932 Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST (non-medical advice)
  • Email: admin@sleephealthfoundation.org.au

Recommended links

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

Last reviewed: February 2023

Information from this partner

Found 20 results

Daylight Saving

At the end of daylight saving on Sunday, 3 April 2022 for those of us living in NSW, VIC, SA, Tasmania and the ACT the clocks will be put back one hour at 3am,meaning we will enjoy an extra hour in our night, so an extra hour of sleep.

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Melatonin and Children

What is melatonin? For general information on melatonin please see our melatonin web page. What can children use melatonin for? In children, melatonin is typically used to treat difficulties with going to sleep or staying asleep. It may benefit children who are developing normally as well as children with Attention

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Childhood Snoring and Sleep Apnea

How are snoring and sleep apnea related? A child with sleep apnea almost always snores. They may struggle to breathe and have restless sleep. There are often breathing pauses which may end with a gasping or choking noise. As the child struggles to breathe, they may wake up briefly. In young children the chest may be s

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

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

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

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

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

How much sleep do you really need?

 How do our sleep needs change with age? It is well known that as children get older they need less sleep. Different people have different sleep needs. The advice in the table below is only a guide. You can make a good guess if a person is sleeping enough at night - observe how they act and function during the

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Epilepsy and Sleep

The Sleep health Foundation Australia

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Memory, Thinking and Sleep  

The Sleep health Foundation Australia

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Sleep to boost your immunity

Sleep experts urge Australians to improve their sleep to help boost immunity

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Getting good sleep during the COVID-19 Pandemic

good sleep during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

Need further advice or guidance from our maternal child health nurses?

Healthdirect Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and to Elders both past and present.

This information is for your general information and use only and is not intended to be used as medical advice and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes.

The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice and should not be used as an alternative to professional health care. If you have a particular medical problem, please consult a healthcare professional.

Except as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, this publication or any part of it may not be reproduced, altered, adapted, stored and/or distributed in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Healthdirect Australia.