Lack of sleep costs $50b annually
Sleep deprivation is costing the economy more than $50 billion annually, a report said on Tuesday. The report found that 39.8 percent of Australians were not getting enough sleep. Almost 400 Australians die each year as a result of driving or operating heavy machinery while fatigued. Dorothy Bruck, chair of the Sleep Health Foundation, said 7.4 million Australians suffered from a lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation can be a contributing factor in heart disease, stroke, diabetes and depression.