Journal article

Sleep quantity and quality and cardiometabolic risk factors in Indigenous Australians

Stephanie R Yiallourou, Graeme P Maguire, Melinda J Carrington



Poor sleep is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Indigenous Australians have 1.3 times higher risk of CVD compared to non-indigenous Australians. However, there are limited data describing sleep problems and cardiometabolic risk in this population. This study aimed to investigate sleep quantity and quality in indigenous Australians and assess its association with cardiometabolic risk. Two hundred and forty-five indigenous Australians aged > 18 years were recruited via convenience sampling from communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Sleep quantity and quality was assessed subjectively with questionnaires including the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. In a ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This project is supported by the Australian Catholic University, the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. SY is supported by the Gender Equity Award, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. GM is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship. MJC is supported by a Future Leader Fellowship (Award Reference 100802) from the National Heart Foundation of Australia. We also acknowledge the engagement and support from health services and community councils involved in the BIRCH study (including Aboriginal community-controlled health services and councils; Tangentyere Town Camp Council, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in the Northern Territory, Yarrabah and Palm Island Councils in North Queensland and Wurli-wurlinjang Health Service).