Sleep health and its implications in First Nation Australians: A systematic review

Blunden, Sarah, Yiallourou, Stephanie, and Fatima, Yaqoot (2022) Sleep health and its implications in First Nation Australians: A systematic review. The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, 21. 100386.

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Understanding the state of sleep health in First Nations Australians offers timely insight into intervention and management opportunities to improve overall health and well-being. This review explored the determinants and burden of poor sleep in First Nations Australians. A systematic search was conducted to identify studies published until August 2020 in First Nations Australian adults. Nine studies (n = 2640) were included, three in community settings, six in clinical populations. Across studies compared with non-Indigenous people, 15–34% of First Nations Australians experience less than recommended hours (<7 h/night), 22% reported fragmented, irregular, and unrefreshing sleep with a high prevalence of OSA in clinical populations (39-46%). Findings show First Nations Australians are significantly more likely to report worse sleep health than Non-Indigenous Australians in all measured domains of sleep. Co-designed sleep programs and service delivery solutions are necessary to ensure timely prevention and management of sleep issues in First Nations communities which to date have been underserved. Funding: No external funding was provided for this work.

Item ID: 74562
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2666-6065
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2022 03:13
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4504 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing > 450417 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing @ 100%
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