Sleep disorders are common, often unrecognised and treatments are limited or complex. Our research has previously shown that up to 20% of Australians report sleeping less than 6 hours per night, 5% have symptomatic obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and 6% have chronic problems with insomnia.
Sleep disorders are a major health burden either through direct effects or by worsening other chronic diseases. For example, lack of sleep is strongly associated with errors or deaths in the workplace, increased risk of poor health outcomes and reduced survival in many chronic diseases.
Australia has provided strong international leadership in clinical sleep research which has already been translated to a range of innovative clinical programs. CIRUS will build on this background to develop a world-class interdisciplinary clinical sleep research program to improve sleep health for all Australians.