Category Archives: Sleep education

Sleep-deprived? This is why it’s bad for you

In 2017, the first ever world-wide Sleep Census revealed that only one in five South Africans get a full eight hours of sleep each night. 80% of our population is sleep-deprived and 85% of South Africans feel their personal life could benefit from a better nights sleep. With increased work hours and longer commutes to and…
Read more

Why women get less sleep than men

Women are 20% more likely to have a sleeping disorder, require more sleep than their male counterparts to stay healthy and are 45% more likely to get a chronic disease if they become sleep deprived. Whilst sleep promises us beauty, youthful exuberance and calm, it is the first thing we lose grip on when facing…
Read more

Sleeping pills for sleep? It turns out sedated sleep leads to poor sleep

According to sleep scientist Patrick Fuller, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School, sleeping pills are not as helpful as you may think. Known as hypnotics or sedatives to the medical community, sleeping pills are used by many as a quick-fix guarantee for getting good sleep. "I'm not a basher of hypnotics, because I think that…
Read more

Sleep – the US Army’s new powerful weapon

The US Army knows that soldiers and athletes share many traits: discipline, teamwork, commitment... and that good quality sleep improves their performance. (Read: Five ways sleep impacts an athlete's performance) From 2015-2016, 80 US soldiers were introduced to a new way of doing army life. For one full year, these soldiers agreed to learn and…
Read more

Sleep is the new status symbol for successful entrepreneurs

Marian Salzman, a trend spotter and chief executive of Havas PR North America, proclaimed in 2007 that ‘sleep is the new sex’. What she predicted was a cultural swing in boasting: the successful, the powerful, the high-flying entrepreneurs would tweet not of midnight conquests and VIP parties, but of great sleep... sleep that lasted 7-9…
Read more

Here’s how sleeping naked will improve your life…

We all know that eating well and exercising regularly have massive health benefits, but eating well and exercising regularly are not that easy. They take effort… and time…. and motivation – which are often in short supply. Could a healthier and wealthier life be achieved by embracing something as simple as sleeping naked – which takes…
Read more

50 things you need to know about sleep

To celebrate our 50th birthday we are giving you the gift of sleep! Here are 50 things you need to know about sleep: 1. Sleep helps maintain solid relationships - both at home and at work. 2. Nap for 10-30 minutes a day and you will improve your productivity in the afternoon. 3. Sleep 7.5-9…
Read more

Presenteeism – Worse than simply calling in sick?

Do you go to work, even when you're feeling exhausted or ill, or you're preoccupied with personal issues? This is called "presenteeism" - when you're at work but you're not very productive while you're there. The Harvard Business Review reported: “Presenteeism isn’t about malingering (pretending to be ill to avoid work duties) or goofing off…
Read more

5 ways sleep impacts an athlete’s performance

Sleeping the right amount at the right time is essential to ensure long-term success as an athlete. This is how good sleep improves your athletic performance: 1. Athletes need time to repair their muscles. Growing children and adolescents who have adequate sleep are less prone to injury. 2. Lack of sleep can make a person…
Read more

Sleep deprivation causes the brain to eat itself – for real!

How does the brain respond to poor sleep habits? It literally eats itself. To put it simply, when you're well-rested, your brain gets busy repairing itself, and part of that is dumping unnecessary data. When you're tired, your brain can't decide what is "unnecessary" and what isn't - so it dumps it all. New research outlines exactly…
Read more