Waking later at weekends can have the same effect as jetlag – and lead to weight gain, reduced mental performance and chronic illness. But there is a solution. Do you set an alarm to wake you up on weekdays, then hit the snooze button at weekends because you need more sleep? If so, you could be experiencing social jetlag – a condition associated with weight gain, reduced mental performance and chronic illness. “Social jetlag promotes practically everything that’s bad in our bodies,” says Till Roenneberg, professor of chronobiology at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, who coined the term. It occurs when we go to bed later and wake up later at the weekend than on weekdays. Like normal jetlag, it is a consequence of being forced to shift our bodies between [...]
Which Type Of Insomniac Are You? Study Suggests Different Sleep Problems Require Different Solutions
While many of us struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, not all of our struggles are the same. New research examined a range of reasons why people don’t sleep well and found that insomnia generally falls into one of five types. Which type you fit into, the study suggests, affects which solutions may help you break out of the sleep-loss pattern. Insomnia is a disorder characterized by "chronic complaints of unsatisfactory sleep, despite having an adequate opportunity to sleep" according to the National Sleep Foundation. Insomnia complaints include "difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up too early, and/or having sleep that is not refreshing." The researchers analyzed survey responses from more than 4,000 people participating in the Netherlands Sleep Registry, a project that tracks information on the factors [...]
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy & wise." When we look into our body’s daily detox "schedule”, we may discover the perfect explanation to this old adage. Here’s what our body is up to when we should be in bed fast asleep: Sleeping late and waking up late disrupts the natural detoxification process and can cause toxins to accumulate in our body.
Stress is the "wear and tear" our bodies experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment; it has physical and emotional effects on us. As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action; it can result in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective. As a negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger and depression, which in turn can lead to health problems. Effects of Stress Think illness is to blame for your nagging headache or frequent forgetfulness? Recognize common stress symptoms — then take steps to manage them: On your body On your behaviour On your thoughts & feelings Headache Chest pain Pounding heart Shortness of breath Muscle aches Clenched jaws Tooth grinding Stomach upset Constipation Diarrhea Increased sweating Tiredness Sleep [...]
Type A personality characteristics can bring an increased risk of health problems since they are more ‘high-strung’ or always in a state of chronic stress. Researchers believe that Type A characteristics are more of a reaction to environmental factors, or tendencies toward certain behaviors, and are influenced by culture and job structure. Here’s why: Many jobs put heavy demands on time, so people become very concerned with getting things done quickly if they’re to adequately get their jobs done. Some workplaces put heavy penalties on mistakes, so efficiency and achievement becomes extremely important. Other jobs just create more stress, making people less patient, more stressed, and more prone to 'Type A' behaviors. Other people do have a natural tendency toward being more intense, but this tendency can be exacerbated by [...]
good night’s sleep is far more nuanced than simply putting in your seven to nine hours and calling it a day. Good, healthy sleep means feeling rested upon waking. It means not having chronic bad dreams or nightmares. And it turns out that the difference between a smile-filled slumber and a fearful one isn’t entirely up to chance. According to a group of French researchers writing in the Journal of Sleep Research, all people dream when they sleep, even people who think they don’t. But is there a correlation between good sleep and good dreams? We partnered with Sleep Number to dig into this and other dream-related questions: Does sleeping well lead to more — or more pleasant — dreams? Does sleeping poorly lead to bad dreams? The answers to [...]
As a promoter of good sleep, Rilax has joined forces with the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) to celebrate World Sleep Day (WSD) on 18 March 2011. WSD is an annual event, intended to raise awareness of the importance of sleep for better health. It also aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. This year’s slogan “Sleep well, grow healthy” emphasizes the promotion of quality sleep for all ages. Most sleep disorders are preventable or treatable, yet less than a third of sufferers seek professional help. Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life, for up to 45% of the world’s population. No one needs to tell you why a good night’s sleep [...]
In conjunction with World Sleep Day 2011, get RM10 off on a pack of Rilax Zzz 24 capsules. All you have to do is: download the following voucher, print it and bring it along to the nearest pharmacy. Voucher is redeemable with purchase of Rilax Zzz 24 capsules only at outlets in MALAYSIA where Rilax Zzz is sold, such as Guardian, Watsons, Caring, Vitacare, Healthlane, Alpha and other independent pharmacies. Hurry! Voucher is valid till 30 April 2011.