Report: Sleep deprivation costing Australians $66 billion a year in health bills

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Millions of Australians are failing to get the sleep they need to live healthy, happy lives, a national scourge that costs the country $66 billion a year in health bills, lost productivity and wellbeing, a new report says.

The Sleep Health Foundation Report by Deloitte Access Economics released today estimates 7.4 million Australians routinely missed out on adequate shut eye in the 2016-2017 financial year.

Dr Moira Junge spoke to the program about the issue.

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