Sleep: quantity and quality matter

Medipost Pharmacy

Media release

Sleep: quantity and quality matter

Ask the experts – advice from a pharmacist

Monday, 11 March 2024: In the hustle and bustle of modern life, sleep often takes a back seat, yet its significance cannot be overstated. According to recent research, a staggering 62% of adults worldwide are not getting adequate sleep, leading to many health concerns beyond just feeling tired.

Pharmacist Anneke Meyer from Medipost Pharmacy, South Africa’s leading national courier pharmacy, underscores the critical importance of sleep for overall wellbeing. “Sleep is more than just rest; it’s a cornerstone of a healthy life. Adults typically need seven to eight hours of sleep each night to support healthy brain activity and overall wellbeing,” she says.

Recognising the signs of inadequate sleep is crucial. If you’re experiencing changes in mood, daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, persistent tiredness or trouble falling or staying asleep, it may be time to reassess your sleep habits.

“Insufficient sleep can impair cognitive function and increase the risk of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, dementia and diabetes,” she says.

Understanding the signs of poor sleep quality is key. Meyer identifies five indicators that could signal the need for better sleep habits:

  • Changes in mood and motivation
  • Daytime fatigue and irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Persistent tiredness despite ample time in bed
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep

“If any of these resonate with you, it’s time to prioritise your sleep habits,” advises Meyer. She offers five practical tips for better sleep:

  • Stick to a consistent sleep schedule
  • Create a sleep-friendly environment
  • Avoid heavy meals, caffeine, alcohol, and smoking before bed
  • Keep electronic devices out of the bedroom
  • Exercise regularly

For those who still struggle, over-the-counter medications can offer temporary relief. Medipost Pharmacy’s online store provides convenient access to such remedies. However, Meyer emphasises responsible use, cautioning against exceeding recommended dosages and highlighting potential side effects.

“Persistent sleep issues warrant professional attention, and anyone experiencing chronic insomnia or sleep disturbances should consult a healthcare provider promptly,” cautions Meyer.

“While medication may offer relief, the importance of careful management due to their addictive nature and potential side effects cannot be emphasised enough. Chronic medication management is particularly crucial for those with coexisting health conditions.

“We strongly encourage patients to discuss their medication with their healthcare providers and to double check how it would interact with some of the other medicines that they are already taking. We also invite patients todraw on the support and clinical advice of our qualified pharmacists who can engage with patients in all official South African languages telephonically or online. In addition, our confidential delivery service is both confidential and convenient,” suggests Meyer.

Now is the time to prioritise your sleep and take charge of your health. With Medipost Pharmacy’s expert guidance and convenient services, achieving quality sleep and managing your medications has never been easier. Reach out today to start your journey toward better health and wellbeing.


 For media enquiries, contact MNA at the contact details listed below.

 Issued by:                                           Martina Nicholson Associates (MNA) on behalf of Medipost Pharmacy

For media enquiries, contact:    Martina Nicholson, Meggan Saville or Estene Lotriet-Vorster

Telephone:                                        (011) 469 3016

Email:                                         ,,


About Medipost Pharmacy: Medipost Pharmacy is South Africa’s premier national courier pharmacy, providing convenient access to medication and expert advice. With a dedication to patient well-being, Medipost offers confidential services and support in multiple languages, ensuring everyone receives the care they deserve. Visit for more information.

 Medipost Pharmacy dispenses and delivers chronic and specialised medication, as well as non-prescription medications, supplements, medical devices, wound care aids and other health supplies to any address in South Africa. Visit and enquire using the chatbot or via