P132 Self-reported indicators of sleep health in Australia: a cross-sectional population-based study

J Way, P Cistulli, Y Bin
2022 SLEEP Advances  
Introduction Poor sleep health is associated with adverse physical and mental health outcomes. This study aims to examine the indicators of sleep health in an Australian-based population and to analyse the relationship between sleep and sociodemographic characteristics and health conditions. Method We investigated a nationally representative sample of adults aged over 18 (n = 21,562) who participated in the 2011-2013 Australian Health Survey (AHS). Participants in the AHS were assigned to
more » ... the National Health Survey (NHS) or the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS). The NHS collected data on sleeping tablets taken for a mental health condition. Sleep duration was self-reported in the NNPAS which we categorised into three groups: short sleep (< 7 hours), recommended sleep (7 to 9hours) and long sleep (> 9 hours). Progress to Date Prevalence of sleeping tablets use among Australian adults who had a mental health condition was 9.5%. The majority used sleeping tablets for a duration of 6 months or more (73.9%) and many took it every night (42.0%). On a typical night, a majority self-reported having the recommended amount of sleep for adults (67.2%). The sociodemographic characteristics and health conditions are currently being analysed. Intended Outcome and Impact Adequately monitoring the domains of sleep health can potentially improve the overall health and wellbeing of a population. This study will highlight the current gap in the surveillance of sleep health in Australia. With limited Australian data available, there is a need to prioritise sleep-related indicators in future national health surveys.
doi:10.1093/sleepadvances/zpac029.200 fatcat:teuapjb5srbvbfyk3rxtn55eei