In Australia, a study finds that sleep deprivation cost the economy an estimated $66.3 billion in health bills, lost productivity, and wellbeing, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

It estimates that sleep deprivation costs the health system $1.8 billion or $246 per person and productivity losses of $17.9 billion or $2418 per person. The costs to overall wellbeing were estimated at $40.1 billion and costs overall at $66.3 billion in 2016-17.

The study found that 39.8 per cent of Australian adults experience some form of inadequate sleep including disorders such as sleep apnoea.

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