Australia’s Sleep Revolution

Australia’s Sleep Revolution

With 4 in 10 Australians battling sleep issues, the nation’s sleep crisis continues to grow. Australia’s Sleep Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley premieres Wednesday 6 March at 7:30 pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

Renowned British medical journalist and chronic insomniac Dr Michael Mosley is back in Australia to wake the nation up to the dangers of poor sleep with his eye-opening newthree-part series Australia’s Sleep Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley, premiering on Wednesday 6 March at 7.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

Australia’s Sleep Revolution exposes the magnitude of Australia’s growing sleep crisis – with up to 40% of the population experiencing inadequate sleep[1], an estimated 15% suffering from chronic insomnia[2] and approximately 20% of people fitting the diagnosis for sleep apnoea.

The series follows Dr Mosley and the Flinders University sleep scientists all the way to Parliament House to measure the sleep quality of politicians, including Jacqui Lambie, Barnaby Joyce, Josh Wilson and Mike Freelander. By shining a light on the poor sleephealth of the nation’s biggest decision makers, they hope to put sleep health back on the national agenda.

Along the way Dr Mosley will also delve into the impact of the overuse of sleeping pills and explore the sleep and mental health crisis amongst Indigenous youth of Mount Isa in northwest Queensland.

Presenter Dr Michael Mosley, said: “I really wanted to make this series because, as a long term insomniac, I believe that good quality sleep is essential for good health, and that there is so much that can be done to help even Australia’s worst sleepers.”

“I was very keen to work with the Flinders team, who are world class, and to take part inthis world-first clinical trial as an observer, but also a participant. It was a joyful experience and I learnt a surprising amount, not only about the science of sleep, but also the realcauses of my own insomnia. A truly eye-opening series which I do hope will have a huge impact.”

Professor Danny J. Eckert, Flinders University, said: “The rigorous clinical trial that participants undertook as part of this series included combining multiple sources of information from cutting-edge diagnostic and monitoring technology captured in thelaboratory and home environments.”

“It utilised clinical decision making informed by a multidisciplinary team of sleep scientists, doctors and psychologists to ensure that each participant received the best tailored treatment solution according to their specific needs.”