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Still Tired – Even if You’re Getting Enough Sleep?

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Even Getting Enough Sleep can be bad for you – if it’s at the WRONG TIME! “We’re only just beginning to understand the damage that irregular sleep patterns can do to your body, particularly when you sleep at the wrong time” Sarah Montague, Radio 4, Today programme*. Professor Russell Foster, one of Britain’s leading sleep experts from Bristol University and Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neural science Institute, told the Today programme that the assumption has always been that […]

10 Essential Sleep Tips for Happier & More Productive Teens

This week sees the celebration of World Sleep Day! Friday 13th March is World Sleep Day, created by the World Association of Sleep Medicine “to advance sleep health worldwide.”¹ This is also my mission, too! I’m focusing here on sleep and teenagers, as so many are unaware that they need more sleep than they’re probably actually getting; in fact, according, the National Sleep Foundation, they need nine and quarter hours sleep per night.² The importance of sleep for teenagers Sound […]

Feng Shui your Bedroom for Better Sleep

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary and, with the help of feng shui, you can help to create an environment that feels tranquil and nurturing, promoting deep, restful, restorative sleep. All living things rest at some point during the course of each 24 hour cycle – sleeping should be as natural as breathing yet nowadays insomnia has reached epidemic proportions with, for example, one large UK study showing that about three-quarters of patients reported sleep disturbance symptoms lasting a year […]

Women! Sleep is a necessity, prioritise it!

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Did you know sleep deprivation affects women differently to men? Lack of sleep is not a badge to be worn with pride, it’s something to be very worried about, particularly for women and a solution is at hand. For many women nowadays sleep often takes a back seat and is at the end of the list of priorities; this isn’t a good way to be – we need to start thinking differently about sleep and its importance in maintaining health […]

New Year, New You! 5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Energy

Once the New Year festivities are over, the party paraphernalia put away till the next time and new resolutions made and almost immediately forgotten, the beginning of the year can seem to be something of an anti-climax. If you’ve ever wondered what relevance new beginnings can possibly have to this season, falling as it does when the days are still short and the weather mostly cold and damp, remember that seeds germinate underground, in the dark, unobtrusively producing  new life […]

SWITCH OFF if you want to be able to switch off!

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Speaking with the lady who helps me organise my social media, the lovely Natalie of Bo Tree Marketing, about the pros and cons of accessing emails while on holiday, it struck me that the whole point of my approach to healthy living and creating Wellness Homes (now a recognised term in the USA), is the importance of giving ourselves time to truly switch off. This is vitally important, not only at night, when we wish to sleep, but also for […]

Every 10 years of shift work reduces cognitive ability by 6.5 years

Shift work has an ageing effect on the brain Long-term shift work has an ageing effect on the brain that leads to an impaired ability to think and remember, according to a new study carried out on 3,000 workers who have done shift work for more than 10 years. Dr Philip Tucker, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Swansea University, who was part of the team that conducted the study, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that test […]

Sleep Deprived? You May Be Too Hot or Too Cold

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Do you actively ensure that your bedroom is a particular temperature or do you not give it a second thought? I was really interested to read an article in The Daily Mail reporting results of a survey carried out by the hotel chain, Travelodge.  They reported that “Almost 90% of the participants had trouble sleeping due to the temperature of their bedroom”. Do you experience issues sleeping due to your bedroom temperature? Do you sleep with your window open or […]

Lack of Sleep May Lead to Brain Shrinkage

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Lack of Sleep May Lead to Brain Shrinkage  By Dr. Mercola Recent studies show poor sleeping habits cause both brain damage and brain shrinkage, and may even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease.1 Previous research published in the journal Science2 revealed that your brain removes toxic waste during sleep through what has been dubbed “the glymphatic system.”3, 4, 5 This system becomes active during sleep, thereby allowing your brain to clear out toxins and harmful proteins. Sleep is also necessary for […]

Is the Landline Fast Becoming a Dinosaur?

I was astounded to hear, on the Today programme on Radio 4 recently, the presenter announce that “the game is up for the landline” and that “the short period of our history in which most of us expected to have a landline in our homes is fast fading”. This is nonsensical for the following reasons (of which he and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, whom he quoted on this point are seemingly  blissfully unaware):- If 15% of households are ‘mobile only’, logic […]