Unveiling The World’s Largest Sleep Report

Sealy Global Sleep Census*


The Results are in.
Australia has a sleep debt.

The Sealy Sleep Census reveals:

1 in 3 Australians missed out on 700 hours of sleep in 2016

1 in 3 Australians sleep for just 6 hours or less per night


80% felt like they would function more effectively at work if they slept better


70% said their everyday performance was impacted by lack of sleep

This has prompted researchers, sports stars and celebrities with a fast-paced lifestyle to call for Australians to reconsider their everyday habits, in a bid to increase sleep quality and overall performance.

Join the challenge with

Giaan Rooney

Former Swimmer & TV Presenter



Her Sleep Challenge

Getting to bed earlier.

My work schedule means that I am travelling from state to state often. This, coupled with having a two-year old and a new bub on the way, means that my sleep pattern is quite often interrupted. On nights where I’ve had limited hours, there is a real impact on how I feel throughout the day. I can feel myself more sluggish and towards the day find it difficult to concentrate on tricky tasks.

This March, I’ll be challenging myself to go to bed one hour earlier each evening and will be measuring the impact on my everyday performance. I also have a back injury at the moment so I’ll be ensuring that I have the support I need when I sleep to help my body recover from this.

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54% of people either full time, self employed and students said they experience a lack of productivity at work due to lack of sleep.

67% of people employed full time need 7 or 8 hours of sleep per night to function effectively.

Join the challenge with

Will & Karlie

2016 Winners of The Block



Their Sleep Challenge

Cutting down on their caffeine intake.

Full-time jobs and busy schedules can sometimes mean reaching for an afternoon tea late in the day.

We’re both going to make an effort not to reach for that extra caffeine hit after 3pm.It will be great to see what effect it has on our rest, because making that good, quality sleep a priority is important to us!”

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It's Confirmed. Aussies love their caffeine.

Australians who are in full time employment are falling into the caffeine habit.

16% of those who drink caffeine are having four or more drinks per day.

21% are enjoying their last hit of caffeine within 1-3 hours before bed.


The breakdown of Aussies in the workplace who have caffeine up to 2-3 hours before bed.


Full Time


Part Time



Join the challenge with

Usman Khawaja

Australian Cricketer



His Sleep Challenge

Decreasing technology before bedtime.

A quality sleep every night is an important part of every sportsperson’s preparation to maintain peak performance.

You can join the challenge of improving your sleeping habits in a number of ways. Maybe it’s going to bed a little earlier, or possibly reducing caffeine intake later in the day. If you’re like me, decreasing technology use before bedtime certainly helps.

It’s up to you what steps you take, but a good night’s sleep will help you be at your best each day.

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About70% of Australians said they keep their phone in close vicinity of their bed every day or most days.


Phone by the bed.

56% every day

14% most days

15% occasionally

16% never

We all wake up differently, and have different sleeping patterns depending on our lifestyle. Some people claim that waking up spontaneously throughout the night means that they have had a bad night’s sleep. Others believe that they need to get as many hours in before midnight to get a good quality sleep. There’s one consistent here, we all want and need quality sleep.

Sleep expert Professor Drew Dawson from CQUniversity Australia explains some misconceptions of quality sleep and how to get more of it.

Quality vs Quantity

Which is better?

It’s true that the best way to improve sleep is to get more of it, but the quality of your sleep is also a major factor. Your body must go into a deep sleep to recover. Six hours of deep sleep can often be more valuable than eight hours, where you’ve spent three tossing and turning.

Waking up sleep drunk

It’s a good sign!

When you wake up feeling sluggish in the morning. This is quite common and the body snaps out of it quickly. Most people will class this feeling as a bad thing but in fact, it’s generally the result of a deep night’s sleep.

Catching up on sleep

Is that possible?

It’s possible. Proven by a study carried out at CQUniversity, Australians who participated in the study were awake for 48 hours, losing their usual 16 hours worth of sleep. By the end of these 48 hours, they were exhausted. These same Australians were then allowed to sleep for the next two nights until they felt that they were back to their normal state of functioning. The results showed that rather than sleeping for their normal eight hours, they slept for nine and a half each night. Showing that they caught up on 16 hours worth of missed sleep in just three additional hours over the two nights.

Professor Drew Dawson, Sealy Sleep Expert and researcher at CQUniversity explains how poor sleep can negatively affect your performance across relationships and in the workplace.

The quality of sleep and number of hours worth of sleep that we have comes down to the activities we carry out each day or the stress that we are under, therefore there is no question that sleep has a direct link to performance.

How lack of sleep can affect Workplace performance

  • Taking longer to complete tasks
  • Finding it hard to generate new ideas
  • Lack of focus in meetings
  • Reduced motivation to learn
  • Harder to make a decision

How lack of sleep can affect Physical Performance

  • General feeling of lethargy
  • Decreased immune function, making you more susceptible to common illnesses
  • Weight gain or hitting a plateau
  • Moodiness, Memory loss.

5 Sleep Tips

1.Increase exercise to relieve stress.

Stress can have a big impact on sleep. Exercising regularly releases endorphins to relax the brain, which can in turn help improve sleep quality. However, moderate to high intensity exercise should be avoided one hour before bedtime as this acts as a stimulant to the body which can keep you awake. Try stretching, yoga or an evening walk after you’ve had dinner to help you prepare and relax before bedtime.

2.Ensure you have a supportive bed and mattress.

You wouldn’t go for a 20km hike without the right gear. The same applies when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. When your muscles aren’t supported, they don’t recover as they are working overtime to support your body throughout the night.

It can be overwhelming trying to find the best mattress for you. Sealy’s Mattress Selector can help you find the perfect mattress based on your unique needs.

3.Decrease - or avoid - alcohol and caffeine close to bedtime.

The brain cannot go into deep sleep following too much of either, meaning that you wake up with an overtired feeling. Once in the body, caffeine will persist for several hours. It can take about 6 hours for one half of the caffeine to be eliminated. The same applies for alcohol. While it may help you get to sleep, when it’s consumed close to bedtime, this can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night.

4.Decrease - or avoid - alcohol and caffeine close to bedtime.

To promote a good night’s sleep, remove all technology from the bedroom, and aim to create noise barriers if you live in a noisy neighbourhood. Establish a before-bedtime routine whether this includes reading a book with a scented candle, taking a bath or doing some stretches before you lie down. READ MORE

5.Create a sleep haven.

Your body temperature naturally drops when you start your sleep cycle. It can be different for everyone, but most sleep experts say that your bedroom should be between 15- 21 degrees to keep you comfortable throughout the night. READ MORE

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