WATCH | Bhekisisa: Why a bad night can cost you more than a day of feeling tired

Do you feel tired when you wake up in the morning? If you also snore at night, or doze off in work meetings, you may have a sleep disorder.

There are hundreds of sleep disorders, the most common being insomnia or struggling to sleep; hypersomnia, which is being tired all day despite sleeping at night, and; parasomnia, which is sleepwalking or talking while sleeping.

About 4-million South Africans don’t get enough sleep and one in five suffer from sleep apnoea, which means they stop breathing for periods while asleep.

Though sleep apnoea can be fatal, very few government health facilities offer treatment.

Health Beat visits someone with sleep apnoea and asks experts why bad sleep can lead to chronic disease and obesity. They also provide us with sleep solutions.

This story was produced by the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. Sign up for the newsletter.


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