However, in a recent online poll done by Takealot.com, 46.4% of the 1500+ South African respondents said they don’t get enough sleep.
People are sleeping for four to six hours on average as opposed to the optimal seven to eight hours. Research by the South African Society of Sleep Medicine supports this, suggesting that 30-40% of adult South Africans have insomnia.
Hope Bastine, resident psychologist at UK-based and leading European mattress retailer Simba – whose products are stocked exclusively in SA on Takealot.com – says there are some simple strategies to aid better rest; it just takes commitment and routine.
Bastine’s research shows that chronic sleep deprivation can lead to health problems like a weakened immune system, fertility issues for men and women, high blood pressure and metabolism issues leading to weight gain and ageing skin. These aren’t the only drawbacks, however. Real Madrid footballer and Simba Mattress ambassador Gareth Bale believes that a good night’s sleep is the foundation for good performance on the field. And it’s hard to disagree. A lack of sleep has been identified as the culprit for poor decision making, forgetfulness and bad co-ordination, which is detrimental to the functioning of our day-to-day lives.
Some of the main factors preventing South Africans:
Tops tips for a peaceful night’s rest: