The effects of sleep deprivation and why it could be an epidemic

The Westin Cape Town recently released research findings claiming 40% of South African’s do not get enough sleep.

While fatigue is one of the more common effects, Azanaia Mosaka spoke to Clinical Technologist at the Milnerton Sleep Lab, Anton Fourie about what causes sleep deprivation and the greater impact it has on your health.

Poor sleep quality will influence the way you feel the following day and obviously you can't perform your work or your other functions properly but it also has other effects like impairment of mental health and your ability to function to drive, you can develop high blood pressure an diabetes is one of the things that can also be caused.

Anton Fourie, clinical technologist at the Milnerton Sleep Lab at the Mediclinic Milnerton Hospital

One of the important things we don't take into consideration is 'sleep hygiene', what we are doing to actually ensure that we have a good nights sleep.

Anton Fourie, clinical technologist at the Milnerton Sleep Lab at the Mediclinic Milnerton Hospital

There are things you shouldn't be doing before you go to sleep... things like cellphone and laptops, they are really not great for us to get good quality sleep in the evening.

Anton Fourie, clinical technologist at the Milnerton Sleep Lab at the Mediclinic Milnerton Hospital

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