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"Less is more when it comes to productive hours at work"

An article in the Sydney Morining Herald in November 2017 sums up well the importance of good sleep. In the article, the BHP CEO, Andrew McKenzie, explains that working when not well rested is less efficient and less productive. He states, "A rested Andrew can do more in four hours than a tired Andrew can do in eight". He then adds, "It's not only diminishing returns, [not being rested] is like a scorpion's tail; it can undo things,".


The importance of adequate sleep hours and good sleep quality is consistent with sleep research on the importance of sleep for productivity in the workplace. These are important messages for everyone to be aware of and for key influencers, such as Senior Executives, to reinforce and propogate in their organisations.


"A recent study by Deloitte Access Economics found 39.8 per cent of Australians did not get enough sleep and that sleep deprivation cost the economy an estimated $66.3 billion in health bills, lost productivity and wellbeing in 2016-17. Lost productivity included "presenteeism", where workers were present at work but too tired to be productive."


Good sleep involves adequate sleep hours (often more than you think) and the treatment of any sleep disorders that may be fragmenting sleep. There are many sleep disorders that can fragment and limit sleep and these are discussed elsewhere in our website in the section on "Sleep Disorders". Many sleep disorders are unrecognised or unaddressed by patients and it is important to discuss possible symptoms of these conditions with your doctor to receive help sooner, rather than later. Important clinical clues to a sleep disorder include daytime fatigue, poor concentration, poor attention, daytime sleepiness, and night time symptoms of snoring, gasping in sleep or repeated awakenings overnight.

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How Lack of Sleep Can Cost You Money

Lack of sleep can influence your productivity at work, and to some extent, it can even end up costing you money. New research conducted on this topic has shown that sleep deprivation is costing the economy up to $66.3 billion in "health bills, lost productivity, and wellbeing". The survey conducted by Deloitte Access Economics shows that 39.8 per cent of Australians don't get enough sleep, which is incurring increased health system costs, productivity loss, and costs to overall wellbeing. 

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Royal Australasian College of Physicians Education

Dr Desai presented a lecture to the NSW Branch of the Royal Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine on Obstructive Sleep apnea and Driving Assessment. 

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Dr Desai talks Sleep with Dr Ron Ehrlich of Sydney Holistic Dental Centre

Dr Ron Ehrlich from SHDC is one of Australia’s leading holistic health practitioners, educators and a dentist. Dr Ehrlich has a strong interest in sleep and its impacts on dental health and general well being. Dr Desai discusses with Dr Ehrlich the importance of sleep and sleep disorders.

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