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Sleep Disorders

Overview

Read the latest information and advice on the causes, symptoms and treatment of common and obscure sleeping disorders and learn more about how some of these disorders can affect your health.

What are sleep disorders?

One in three South Africans has occasional difficulty sleeping, but for some, narcolepsy, insomnia and other sleep disorders make a good night's sleep seem impossible.

Treating sleep disorders

Your GP might need to refer you to a specialist, depending on what type of sleep disorder you're experiencing.

Symptoms of sleep disorders

Does your snoring keep your partner awake at night? Do you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness? These symptoms may indicate that you have a sleep disorder.

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Sleep disorders expert

Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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