Clinic Locations

Woolcock Sleep Clinic
Phone: (02) 9114 0000
Address: 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW, 2037 Email: [email protected]
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Phone: (02) 9515 6655
Address: Level 11, Main Block, Missenden Road, Camperdown, NSW, 2050
Integrated Sleep Health
Phone: (02) 9331 7546
Address: Suite 1, Level 7, 26 College Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 Email: [email protected]

Professor Ron Grunstein AM

Professor of Sleep Medicine


Policymakers ignore the neuro-cognitive costs of sleep deprivation

Posted: November 4, 2014

News: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which combines the findings of three earlier reports, was adopted after all-night talks that went on until 5am on Saturday

The scientists and government representatives on the panel, who jointly approved the document line by line, then rested for a few hours before resuming the session in Copenhagen to finish the document.

IPCC vice chair Jean-Pascal van Ypersele wrote on Twitter “Saturday, 7h in Copenhagen. Normal people wake up. I will sleep an hour, after another all-nighter chairing a meeting.

This reminds me of another recent climate change “all nighter”

The seeming love of policy-makers for these all-nighters was highlighted in this piece I wrote a few years ago about Obama, Rudd and Abbott – why is more likely that men boast about all-nighters, ? women have more brains ??.

In the end the cost of insufficient sleep is well-known but seems a mystery to the policymakers. Maybe we need a message “Good Sleep means Good Policy”