sleep

  • How to live longer, according to a GP

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 18 April 2019

    We all know we should drink more water, exercise and eat better if we want a long and healthy life. A GP shares his tips on how to live longer.

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  • The science and significance of sleep

    Babies (up to 1 year)

    Posted on 9 April 2019

    Getting your newborn or toddler to sleep through the night is a goal for all new parents, but there’s much more to sleep than an unbroken night’s rest. On a

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  • Hacking your sleep is the best thing you can do for your health in 2019

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 3 January 2019

    An occasional night of broken sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won’t harm your health. However, an ongoing lack of sleep can make you prone to serious medical conditions and cognitive dysfunction.

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  • Holiday sleep disorders (and how to avoid them)

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 3 December 2018

    Good news: you’re heading off on a well-deserved holiday! Bad news: between jet lag, disrupted sleep and post-vacation blues, there’s a chance your time off might not provide you with the rest you need. Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, a specialist sleep neuropsychiatrist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, suggests some interventions to ensure you get the rest you need while you’re on vacation.

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  • Do women need more sleep than men?

    Endocrinology

    Posted on 8 August 2018

    Do those of us with XX chromosomes need more ZZs than our XY counterparts? Sleep is essential to wellbeing. Depending on age or life stage, most people need between seven

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  • The real fountain of youth

    Exercise

    Posted on 18 December 2017

    New studies show that maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation are factors that add healthy years to your life. A GP weighs in on other ways to combat ageing and disease by making good daily choices.

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  • The science of sleep

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 18 December 2017

    Three American doctors were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for recent discoveries about sleep. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young have spent years researching the body’s circadian responses to light and dark. A neurologist practising at Mediclinic comments.

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  • Mind over mattress?

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 29 March 2017

    We speak to a neurologist and biokineticist to weigh up the pros and cons of cutting pillow time to increase your activity levels.

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  • Is technology to blame for our sleeping problems?

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 18 February 2017

    Growing bodies of research have drawn correlations between the increase in incidents of people suffering from various sleep issues, and the presence of artificial blue light in our environments. Mediclinic Morningside specialist opthalmologist and developer of the SleepSpec, Dr Rob Daniel, explains the link.

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  • Insomnia in children

    Children (1 to 12 years)

    Posted on 6 February 2017

    A GP explains it’s the lack of sleep-encouraging behaviour, rather than an underlying disease, that usually causes insomnia in children. The good news? Knowing this makes it easier to treat.

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  • Caring for the caregiver

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 29 July 2016

    Looking after the severely ill, disabled or frail is mentally and physically taxing. Clinical psychologist Elzabé Peters of Mediclinic Potchefstroom has first-hand experience. She shares seven things carers can do to safeguard themselves.

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  • Why sleep packs a powerful punch

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 22 July 2016

    Sleep may be free, but there’s a heavy price to pay if you don’t get enough. Dr Kevin Rosman, a specialist neurologist at the Mediclinic Morningside Sleep Centre, talks us through the dangers of chronic sleep deprivation.

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  • How to get a good night’s sleep

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 1 July 2016

    We probably don’t need to tell you why a good night’s rest is so important. If you’ve ever gone without proper sleep for a few nights, you’ll know the effects: your mental and physical health suffers, leaving you feeling tired, cranky and unwell during your waking hours. We spoke to a Mediclinic physician and found out how you can catch some solid Zzzz’s.

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  • Beauty sleep

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 22 April 2016

    ‘I hear complaints of tiredness in more than half of my consultations,’ says Dr Antonie Rod, a specialist physician at Mediclinic Milnerton. ‘It’s one of the main reasons people visit a GP, physician or endocrinologist. Almost every form of disease can present with chronic fatigue.’ If your tiredness is prolonged, sudden or has no discernible cause, pay attention.

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  • ‘A full blood count showed why I was constantly tired’

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 16 March 2016

    Capetonian Mandy Lawson, 30, couldn’t figure out why she was always fatigued – until a simple blood test revealed the reason.

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  • Sleep strategies

    Children (1 to 12 years)

    Posted on 15 March 2016

    Sleep difficulties can be hard to handle no matter how old your child is. Dr Heidi Ackermann, a paediatrician at Mediclinic George offers tips for safe co-sleeping and for handling night terrors.

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  • 9 Health tips for men

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 30 June 2015

    June is men’s health month… but you should be looking after yourself all year round. Follow these tips to keep yourself fighting fit and feeling good.

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  • Newborn know-how

    Babies (up to 1 year)

    Posted on 3 March 2015

    For first-time parents it’s hard to know when baby behaviour indicates a problem. Dr Stephan Reid answers common questions.

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  • Three things to do when you’re down

    Exercise

    Posted on 8 October 2014

    There are three things you should incorporate into your life (whether you have depression or not) – good sleep, exercise and nutrition.

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  • Seven ways to improve your lifestyle

    Exercise

    Posted on 22 April 2014

    Follow these seven tips to live a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Sleep clinics

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 1 November 2013

    If you’re constantly tired a sleep clinic may help diagnose your condition so you can have a good night’s rest.

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