Sleep in adolescents living in rural and township areas

Adolescents are not getting enough sleep. Despite recommendations that adolescents should be getting 8-10h of sleep per night, there is mounting evidence to show that they don’t, particularly during the school week. While multifaceted, the root of this appears to be the conflict between changing biology inherent to this period of development and external demands.

A situational analysis of insomnia in South Africa

The history of sleep disorders medicine in South Africa resembles a waxing and waning of the inspired few, informed by international guidelines for the standards of practice for sleep medicine.

The bidirectional relationship between the gut biome and sleep

The systemic effects of a shortened sleep or poor quality sleep over the long term have now been well documented. The effects range from short-term daily dysfunction to long-term detrimental effects on cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, anxiety and depression.

Can we use Fitbit data to screen for obstructive sleep apnea? A case study

The advances in wearables and what they can measure lends them to be used for initial diagnosis or screening of some medical disorders. In the case of obstructive sleep apnea there are clear consequences to each apnea: An awakening from sleep associated with a short burst of adrenalin and a desaturation in the oxygen levels.


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Sleep Matters - 2023 Vol 14 No 1