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Women's Health Week is brought to you by Jean Hailes for Women's Health.
Jean Hailes represents all women, girls and gender-diverse people.

What today is all about...

It's the fifth and final day of Women's Health Week 2021 and we're celebrating this amazing week with a slumber party.

Sleep is in the spotlight today as we cosy up to the experts, unpacking the facts about sleep deprivation among women. On the Jean Hailes podcast, we have an eye-opening chat with sleep expert Dr Moira Junge about night owls, the 3am wake-up and why there's no need to panic if we can’t doze off. In today's article, we talk to two specialist sleep physicians about how much sleep we really need, the difference between poor sleep and lack of sleep, why we often blame our hormones for not sleeping well, and how to improve our nightly shut-eye.

You can also explore the important findings of our sleep survey which was completed by 1200 people in Australia and find out who's sleeping, who's not and how it's affecting our daily life. And to get you ready for a restful and relaxing weekend ahead, we’ll bring you our sleepy-time tea recipe and some extra 'bedtime reading' and resources.

Podcast: Rest easy!

To round out an amazing week on the 'Jean Hailes podcast – Women's Health Week series', we are joined by sleep expert and health psychologist Moira Junge for an eye-opening chat about night owls, the 3am wake-up and why there's no need to panic if we can’t doze off.

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Listening time: 15 mins

Article: Sweet dreams – sleep and your health

Are you one of those people that bound out of bed in the morning, bright-eyed and perfectly refreshed? Lucky you!

Resting in bed

While some of us are happy with how much sleep we get, many of us drag ourselves out of bed in the morning feeling like we needed a couple more hours of kip. One thing is clear though – lack of sleep not only affects your energy and mood each day, but can have a significant impact on your health.

We talk to two specialist sleep physicians Dr Ali Aminazad and Dr David Cunnington about how much sleep we really need, the difference between poor sleep and lack of sleep, why we often blame our hormones for not sleeping well, and how to improve our nightly shuteye.

Love what you're reading?

Explore more of our Women's Health Week topics, including mental wellbeing, movement, sexual health and tricky periods.

Who's sleeping and who's not?

With a focus on sleep in this year’s Women's Health Week, we asked people in Australia, “Did you get a good night’s rest”?

On the phone

In our survey completed by more than 1200 18+ year-olds, we found out who’s sleeping, who’s not and how it impacts daily life. Spoiler alert: it’s not just men who snore.

Sleepy-time tea recipe

An hour before bed, why not try a herbal tea blend to enhance sleep?

Herbal tea

For today's recipe, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about the herbs traditionally used to help reduce stress and enhance sleep, to create the perfect wind-down beverage.

'Bedtime' reading and resources

Article: ‘Is it tiredness or sleep apnoea?’

The symptoms of sleep apnoea can be easily overlooked or mistaken for straight-up tiredness.

Spot the signs

Article: ‘How caffeine can affect your sleep’

How much caffeine is in your morning cup of coffee or tea? And when does caffeine start to impact your sleep?

Eyes wide shut

Fact sheet: ‘Sleep and persistent pelvic pain’

Learn how to improve your sleep if you experience persistent pelvic pain.

See the fact sheet

Time to learn your A to Zzz

Health topic: sleep and fatigue

Read tips on the Jean Hailes website for a better night's rest.

Time for Zzz

Podcast: ‘Menopause & sleep’

Jean Hailes endocrinologist Dr Sonia Davison features on this 'Sleep Talk' podcast.

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Article: How to do a ‘digital detox’

Do you need to go on a 'digital detox'?

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A special thank you

Thank you to today's guests for providing their time and expertise.

  • Dr Moira Junge
  • Dr Ali Aminazad
  • Dr David Cunnington

Tell us what you think

The Jean Hailes team have loved bringing you this year's Women's Health Week and we're so glad you joined us. This week was created for you and your health, so we'd love to hear your thoughts on what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you want to see more of next year.  

You'll also have the chance to win one of eight SleepMaker Twin Pillow Packs, each valued at $400.