Poorer communities likely to sleep less

It is well-established that a lack of sleep can impair cognitive function. Sleep loss has also been linked to adverse physical effects like weight gain and nervous diseases.

In 2014 Julian Hewitt left the Pretoria suburb he and his family stayed in, to spend a month living in nearby Mamelodi. Among the lessons learned from the Hewitt's experience, was the impact of dense shack living compared to the erf based, brick and mortar living they were used to.

Speaking to 702's Azania Mosaka, Hewitt says there’s no question that sleep disorders are a drag on the economy when it comes to lost productivity, medical expenses and mental wellbeing.

Employers must be cognoscent of what it takes for employees to get to and from work.

Julian Hewitt

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