The economic cost of sleep disorders in Australia
Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned by the Sleep Health Foundation to estimate the cost of sleep disorders. The analysis found the total cost associated with sleep disorders in Australia was estimated at $36.4 billion.
Sleep disorders are a large and under-recognised problem in Australia. In 2004, Access Economics prepared a report on the economic cost of sleep disorders in Australia, Wake up Australia. This 2011 Deloitte Access Economics report was re-commissioned by the Sleep Health Foundation to estimate the cost of sleep disorders based on updated cost information and developments in the literature, which result in different methodology from the previous analysis.
This report focuses on three of the most well recognised and researched sleep disorders, since these account for the majority of sleep impacts studied. These are OSA, restless legs syndrome (RLS) and primary insomnia.
The total cost associated with sleep disorders in Australia was estimated at $36.4 billion ($27.0 billion to $42.8 billion). Indirect financial costs associated with sleep disorders and conditions attributable to them were estimated to be $4.3 billion in 2010.