There is a wealth of evidence that supports the importance of sleep, as well as the impact that good quality and quantity of sleep has on our health and well-being. Poor quality and quantity of sleep increases the risk of chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, cancer, heart-attacks and strokes.1 It also relates to obesity in both adults and children2 and leads to accelerated cognitive decline in older people.3 In addition, fatigue may also lead to cognitive impairment which may cause micro-sleeps, lack of concentration and accidents and incident in the workplace.
Despite the importance of sleep, we live in a society where sleep deprivation is common. It is estimated that 4 out of 10 people do not get enough sleep.4 This represents the second most common health complaint after pain. 5
7HourSleep specialises in sleep and fatigue management solutions. If you struggle to sleep or are fatigued, please consult with your doctor or contact us for more information.
There is a wide range of sleep illnesses that can affect a person's ability to complete day-to-day tasks: from insomnia and sleep breathing disorders to restless leg syndrome and circadian rhythm sleep disorders.
7HourSleep, in conjunction with BSS Africa, specialises in Fitness for Work (FFW) consulting, assessment and education across South Africa. These services cover the four major areas of fatigue at work.
These sleep and lifestyle solutions are designed to help you improve your quality and quantity of sleep. It will also help you to improve your quality of life at work and at home.
Reference: 1. Colten, H.R. Altevogt, B.M. (2006). Sleep disorders and sleep deprivation: an unmet public health problem.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20669438 (accessed March 2016).
2. Harvard School of Public Health. Obesity prevention source: Sleep.
3. Lo JC, Groeger JA, Cheng GH, Dijk DJ, Chee MW. (2015).
Self-reported sleep duration and cognitive performance in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analyses.
4. Artis, L. (2013). First ever Great British bedtime report launched.
5. Linton, S. et al. (2015). the effect of the work environment on future sleep disturbances: a systematic review.