Sleep Facts
REM dreams have bizarre plots but non-REM dreams are more like thoughts

The low down


More than 12,000 people told us about their personal sleep habits in the questionnaire, while over 3,500 people completed the week-long sleep diary.  The data is now with the sleep scientists - we'll let you know when they've got something interesting!

In the meantime, a quick and non-scientific analysis of the data by the Big Sleep Survey team has revealed that most of us are walking around tired and that 40% of us cuddle up with a good book at the end of the day.
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Thanks for everyone who took part.

Congratulations to our winners -  Johnny Zirilli from Queensland won the iPad;  Year 9 Science from Echuca College, Victoria won the Secondary Schools Prize; & Year 4 from Illawarra Christian School, NSW won the Primary Schools Prize.

Why are we doing this?

The Big Sleep Survey 2010 is a way to collect information for a scientific study. Like most of us, scientists have ideas about things.  But to get these ideas accepted they have to be proved right, Scientists do this by collecting information, or data in experiments or surveys (like the Sleep Survey 2010), and then analysing the data for trends and links.   Read More

Interrupted sleep

ABC TV's Catalyst heads to the sleep labs where researchers are showing that restricted or interrupted sleep may be more harmful than you think.
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Sleep News

Latest stories on new sleep research from ABC Science.
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  Sleep Survey 2010 results



We're a nation of tired, non-nappers who take a book to bed and sleep in on the weekend.   
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A good night's sleep is a wonderful thing, but for many people it's elusive!   Find out how to improve your sleep.  
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Competition now closed

The competition to win an iPad is now closed and the winner will be announced on September 21, 2010 BUT you can still sign up and do the Big Sleep Survey 2010.

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Survey results so far!

7 hours - the average night's sleep
4% of Australians nap each day
47% of us go to bed with a mobile
44% of us catch up on sleep on the weekend

Take the sleep survey to contribute!