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Social jetlag – Are Late Nights & Chaotic Sleep Patterns Making You Ill?

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 [...]

January 25th, 2019|

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 [...]

January 25th, 2019|

Sleep Matters!

"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.

May 17th, 2017|

Manage Stress Before It Overpowers You

“Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: what is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a ‘yes’ resound within you. When it's right, your entire body will feel it.” - Oprah Winfrey Which of these is stress to you? You get promoted at work Your car breaks down You go to a fun party that lasts until 2.00am Your dog falls sick Your new bedroom set is being delivered Your best friend and her family are staying with you for a week You get a bad case of flu All of the above If you think stress is something that makes you worry or moody, think again. Stress can derive from happy things, sad things, [...]

March 11th, 2017|

Stress & You: A Detrimental Affair

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 [...]

February 19th, 2017|

7 Foods to Calm You Down Fast!

When we’re stressed we often turn to diet-busting goodies for comfort. Instead of soothing our frayed nerves, many of them ultimately make us feel worse. Why? After the initial rush, the body's insulin response kicks in, causing a sudden blood-sugar drop that triggers the release of stress hormones. Soon you're feeling more jangled than you were before you wolfed down those sweet desserts. #1. Berries, Any Berries For those tough times when tension tightens your jaw, try rolling a frozen berry around in your mouth, one by one. Since the carbs in berries turn to sugar very slowly, you won't have a blood-sugar crash. #2. Guacamole Avocados are loaded with B vitamins, which stress quickly depletes and which your body needs in order to maintain nerves and brain cells. [...]

January 8th, 2017|

Are you Wired for Stress?

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 [...]

December 28th, 2016|

Sleep and Stroke

How was your sleep last night? Did you get enough healthy and restorative sleep? In today’s fast-paced, always connected, perpetually harried and sleep-deprived world, our need for a restorative night’s sleep is more important and elusive than ever. According to Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, we are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness, she wrote in her book The Sleep Revolution. Surprisingly, many are still not fully aware of the health risks associated with insomnia and poor sleep quality. On this World Stroke Day 0n 29th October 2016, it is timely to note that research have shown a link between lack of sleep and [...]

October 13th, 2016|

Top 10 Types of Medications That Can Cause Insomnia

by Dr Armon B. Neel Jr. (AARB) 1. Alpha-blockers Alpha-blockers are linked to decreased REM (rapid eye movement) sleep — the stage of sleep when people dream — and daytime sedation or sleepiness. The proportion of REM sleep drops markedly in old age, and people deprived of REM sleep can experience memory problems. 2. Beta-blockers Beta-blockers have long been associated with sleep disturbances, including awakenings at night and nightmares. They are thought to do this by inhibiting the nighttime secretion of melatonin, a hormone involved in regulating both sleep and the body’s circadian clock. Low levels of melatonin have sometimes been observed in chronic insomnia. 3. Corticosteroids People often ask why a drug that reduces inflammation would keep them awake. The answer lies in the adrenal glands, which are responsible [...]

October 7th, 2016|

Why Restorative Sleep Means a Healthier Heart

World Heart Day 29th September 2016 We all know how great a good night’s rest feels. We wake up feeling refreshed, energized and ready for the day. Unfortunately, this rested feeling is the exception and not the norm for many who live busy lives in the modern society, and the lack of restorative sleep is detrimental not only to our energy levels, but also to our hearts. According to a published 2015 study1, the average self-reported sleep duration has decreased from over 8 hours in the 1960’s to less than 6.5 hours in 2012, with 20–30% of middle aged Americans reporting sleep duration of less than 6 hours. Although it may feel like it, sleep cannot be considered as a waste of time. Sleep is an important activity to promote alertness, recharge [...]

September 29th, 2016|