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We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, yet many of us have problems with sleep from time to time. Sleep problems can be caused by many things, including changes to your routine, stress, shift work, medical conditions, hormonal changes and sleep disorders.

It’s natural to have imperfect sleep every now and then, especially in times of stress. It’s helpful to lower your expectations of sleep so temporary sleep problems don’t become long-term problems.

Learn more about why sleep is important, how to improve your sleep, common sleep problems and when to see your doctor.

Sleep is important for good health and wellbeing throughout your life. While you sleep, your body works to keep you healthy. Sleep helps with cell repair, brain development, learning and memory. It helps clear out toxins that build up in your body during the day and restores energy. Sleep also helps with cardiovascular health, metabolism, inflammation and mental health. Learn more about how much sleep you need and what you can do to improve your sleep. Read more
Almost half the adults in Australia say they have sleep-related problems. Common problems include finding it hard to fall asleep, waking many times in the night, snoring and waking up feeling unrefreshed. If you often feel sleepy, tired or irritable during the day you may also have a sleep problem. Learn more about what can cause sleep problems, how poor sleep can affect your health and when to see your doctor. Read more

This con­tent has been reviewed by a group of med­ical sub­ject mat­ter experts, in accor­dance with Jean Hailes pol­i­cy.