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

Women’s sleep is suffering

According to the results of our survey, almost half of all women (41%) rate the quality of their sleep as either “very poor” or “quite poor”. What’s more, about a third (36%) say they usually get less than 7 hours sleep on an average night.

Women aged 50-64 were one standout age group with the highest rates of the ‘double-whammy’: getting less than 7 hours of sleep and experiencing poor quality sleep (37%).

The 3am wake-up

Who sleeps better – you or your partner?

There are conflicting perspectives between the sexes about who gets the most sleep. Among women who are married or in a de facto relationship, about 40% believe they usually get less sleep than their partner. But it was the same finding for men in the survey with about 40% of men also believing they get less sleep than their partner.

Sleeping soundly

It’s not just men who snore

Around 60% of women believe they snore at least sometimes, though only 10% say they do so regularly. But we didn’t include this question to have a giggle; snoring is a key symptom of sleep apnoea, a serious health condition that is often overlooked and missed in women, or mistaken for straight-up tiredness.

A restless sleep

Extreme fatigue and exhaustion

Almost 75% of women report feeling extremely tired or completely exhausted at least sometimes – with almost a third (31%) feeling this way “almost always” or “often”.

Frequent extreme tiredness and exhaustion is by far the highest among parents and women under 35.Sleeping parent and child

How is fatigue affecting our daily life?

The vast majority of women say that, on the days they do feel extremely tired and exhausted, it affects their life, at least to some degree: be it their ability to concentrate, their mood, work productivity or their relationship with their partner or children.

Of the life aspects surveyed, peoples’ mood appears to be the most severely affected, with around 40% of women saying their mood is affected a lot. Conversely, their relationship with their partner is the least likely to be impacted.

On the phone

What can you do to improve sleep?

So if you’re one of the many people struggling with your sleep, what can you do about it?

We have a whole day of Women's Health Week 2021 dedicated to improving your nightly shut-eye. From podcasts and articles to recipes and tips, visit day 5 of Women’s Health Week, ‘Slumber party!’.