Sealy SLeep Census


Are you getting enough?


Are you getting enough?

1 in 5 Australians fail to get enough sleep.

The Sealy Sleep Census 2018 has revealed that almost half (45%) of Australians are getting less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night, and of those who wake up during the night, a third report difficulty getting back to sleep.

So what’s keeping you up at night? Sealy has surveyed over 5,000 Australian’s to learn the answer. From calling in sick to spending too much time on your phone, find out how lack of sleep can affect your health and wellbeing, parenting and work productivity.

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Sealy Sleep Census 2018: A nation of troubled sleepers

77% of the population isn’t getting enough sleep each week. In fact, one in five of us aren’t getting the deep, restorative sleep we need every night to be able to function at optimal speed. The stats below reveal that the top reason behind this is money concerns, with third on the list being stress about work or studies.

The top five reasons we’re having difficulty falling asleep:

Finances / Money

Stress about finances

Dwelling on Past

Analysing things that happened earlier that day

Work / Study

Stress about work or study


Worrying about situations that haven’t even happened yet

Friends / Family

Worrying about friends and family

The top five disruptions waking us up during the night:

Bathroom Break

Need to go to the bathroom

Feeling Overwhelmed

Distracted or overwhelmed by thoughts

Too Hot / Cold

Feeling too hot or cold


Partner snoring


Children crying out or coming into the bedroom

Phone Use

16% of Australians say spending time on their phones is impacting their ability to sleep


Women are far more susceptible to the impact of climate – 41% report that being too hot or too cold wakes them up during the night, compared to 35% of men


How does lack of sleep affect your health and general wellbeing?

Our results show that sleep deprivation has an impact on every area of our lives, from exercise and motivation to diet and concentration. For two-time world-champion netballer Laura Geitz, maintaining a good night’s sleep is just as important as eating well and staying active. Laura shares how by getting a good night’s sleep, she’s been able to juggle two demanding roles.

“Over the past 18 months I have juggled playing professional netball with motherhood. I wouldn’t change a thing, even though it had its challenges, it was the most rewarding 18 months of my life! It definitely helped having a baby that loves his sleep! For me getting a quality night sleep is my number one priority to maintaining the best level of performance, health and well-being.”

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We reveal the impact that tiredness has on your health and well-being

Skipping Exercise

In a typical week, a third of Australians skip exercise because of feeling tired

Eating More

Almost 3 in 10 (29%) find themselves eating more due to feeling tired

Sleeping Aids

15% of the population take some sort of sleep aid (prescribed or over the counter) to help them sleep

Car Accidents

8% of the population have crashed their car into another vehicle or stationary object because they were tired

“I feel like I can tackle any challenge the day throws at me if I have had a refreshing sleep the night before.”

Laura Geitz

Netball Champion & Mum


How does lack of sleep impact parenting?

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs around – but it does take its toll on your sleep, which is why it’s important to carve out solid chunks of sleep when you can. World-champion swimmer and long-time Sealy owner Giaan Rooney says that sleep is the core to her performance at work and at home.

“Sleep was one of my most valuable strengths when I was an athlete and it is still the single most defining difference between me performing well at work and as a mum – or ‘waking up on the wrong side of the bed!”

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The Sealy Census reveals how sleep is affecting parenting:

Parents With Children Under 5

Parents with children under 5 are twice as likely to suffer from lack of sleep every night

Parents With Children Under 18

More than half of parents with children under 18 only get 6 hours or less sleep each night, compared to 40% of those without

Time Off Work

Despite parents being the most sleep deprived, they are 1.7 times less likely to take time off work because of fatigue

“I love my sleep; it is a non-negotiable part of my everyday routine that benefits my health, my energy levels and my state of mind... surely I can sneak in a nap somewhere?”

Giaan Rooney

Mum & Olympian Champion


How does lack of sleep affect your productivity at work?

After just one night of poor sleep, our bodies are flooded with a 37% increase of cortisol (the “stress hormone”). As well as increased stress reactivity, this can lead to impaired concentration, attention and decision-making skills, as well as overall mental exhaustion. In fact, sleep absenteeism at work is costing businesses $3.72 billion.

According to sleep specialist and Director of The Sleep Solution, Olivia Arezzolo, 90% of brain detoxing happens during deep sleep. “Getting enough sleep is critical for your mental clarity, efficiency and functional memory."

“One of the fundamentals of improving sleep is having a quality mattress to provide you with the best opportunity to rest, restore and wake up rejuvenated each morning.”

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The relationship between work life and sleep behaviours:

More than 1 in 10 Australians say job security is keeping them awake at night

Night workers are 1.6 times more likely to only get 6 hours or less sleep every night and half as likely to get the recommended 8 hours

Full-time workers are twice as likely to drink alcohol, watch TV and use their phone within 30 minutes of going to bed

7 in 10 full-time workers get 6 or less hours per sleep a night, compared to 4 in 10 part-time workers

Despite the fact that full-time workers are more sleep deprived, part-time workers are more likely to call in sick because of fatigue

The best thing about improving sleep? Everyone can do it, it's free, and most of all - you feel fantastic inside and out.”

Olivia Arezzolo

Corporate Sleep Consultant & Model


Age and sleep quality

It’s not news that our sleep patterns and needs change as we age and that sleep is necessary in order to live a balanced and healthy life, whatever our age. Our Census uncovered that those aged between 25 and 34 have the biggest trouble getting to sleep.

Those under 35 are also the most impacted by sleep deprivation, meaning that they are more likely to skip exercise, eat more and be generally more irritable to co-workers, friends and family.

Are you aged 25–34 years?

25–34 year olds have the most difficulty getting to sleep

25–34 year olds are 3 times more likely to be sleeping in an uncomfortable bed

25–34 year olds have the highest reports of feeling low, depressed or anxious because of sleep issues

On the bright side...

The older we get the less environmental noise and noisy neighbours impacts our ability to sleep

Those aged 65+ years are most likely to get the recommended eight hours of sleep


Dr Amy Reynolds talks sleep

Dr Amy Reynolds, a sleep researcher at CQ University’s Appleton Institute in Adelaide, understands how vital sleep is to our overall health. With a specific interest in shift work, sleep and health, Dr Reynolds has a wealth of sleep knowledge to share. Here are her tips for a good night’s sleep.

Amy’s area of interest and expertise is shift work, sleep and health, with a focus on understanding the implications of gut health for long-term chronic illness in working populations. She has published on the health effects of both insufficient sleep and shift work.

5 expert tips for a good night's sleep

Be selfish about your sleep opportunities

It's easy to let sleep slide in favour of social opportunities, or even a night with Netflix. Resist the temptation to let this eat into your evening’s rest – be selfish and keep your sleep time sacred. Try to work your schedule around a healthy night’s sleep (7-9 hours for an adult).

Start winding down and preparing for bed an hour before your ideal sleep time

Sleep is not like a switch you can turn on and off – you generally need time to wind down first. That means putting away the devices, setting work aside and instead, grabbing a book dimming the lights and letting your body’s natural sleepy hormone, melatonin, bubble up and help you drift to sleep.

Leave technology out of the bedroom

Resist the temptation to check emails, chat on social media and generally stay connected between set bedtime hours. Invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock and unless there are unavoidable reasons for having a phone in your room, leave it at the bedroom door; that is not what bed is for!

Avoid caffeine after lunch time

Caffeine is not just in coffee – it’s in chocolate, soft drink, and some tea too. If you are having trouble getting to sleep at night, it might be wise to restrict your caffeine consumption to pre-lunch as caffeine can stay in your bloodstream for hours.

Make your bedroom a sleep-friendly space

Bedrooms should be cool, calm and quiet. An uncomfortable mattress and a hot or loud room can make it harder to fall asleep, and stay asleep.

Would you like to learn more?

If you are interested in seeing the data from this survey please click through the full report.

“Bedrooms should be cool, calm and quiet. An uncomfortable mattress and a hot or loud room can make it harder to fall asleep, and stay asleep.”

Dr Amy Reynolds

Researcher at CQUniversity


Laying the foundation for a better night’s sleep

While many Australians believe more sleep would make the biggest improvement to their life, their mattress is often treated as an afterthought.

For the past 75 years Sealy has been at the forefront of world-wide mattress technology, consulting with leading orthopaedic specialists to ensure only the best mattresses are produced. By consistently investing in Research and Development, we make constant improvements to our designs, regularly releasing new mattress technologies to the market.

How can Mattress Technology improve the quality of your sleep?


Orthopaedically correct support means supporting the body in its natural position, assisting the body to relieve muscular tension. The correct alignment of the skeletal system is critical in achieving proper relaxation of the muscles during sleep, helping to create a better night’s sleep.


A good spring system means good posture, designed to help you wake up feeling great. Sealy Posturepedic support systems use a patented coil design made of Titanium alloy that is carefully arranged to sense and respond to your body while you sleep, helping to relieve morning backache.


Sealy bed bases are designed to extend the life of the mattress by dispersing weight, while providing a stable, quiet sleep surface.


To reduce tossing and turning, you need good blood circulation throughout your body through the night. A mattress which contours to the form of your body, and the position you sleep will assist in achieving this.

“As the Sealy Sleep Census shows, our daily stresses are mounting so we need to be doing all we can to eliminate sleep disruptors that are within our control”

Dan Green

Sealy Research & Development Manager