How To Ease Your Sleep Problem

Sleep Problems

It’s rare for a week to go by without sleep, or our lack of, hitting the headlines. In 2019 so far, fresh research has already revealed that getting the right amount of sleep can reduce the intensity that we feel pain the following day and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. But, studies have also suggested that not getting enough could leave you more open to infections and more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Read More…

Broken Sleep From Night Sweats

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Is a common problem going up to menopause. According to a 45-year-old reader, who had been suffering from menopausal symptoms, taking Sage Complex has helped her greatly. ‘I knew it was working because I felt so much better. I stopped taking it and my symptoms came back. This time I will carry on.’ Sage Complex contains a number of phyto(plant)- oestrogenic herbs, all of which have been linked to balancing hormones and so helping to relieve hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. £24.50 for 90 capsules.

TAKE THE FUSS OUT OF FUSSY EATING

Fussy eating not only causes stress at mealtimes but almost half of parents worry that it will impact on their child’s wellbeing, according to a recent survey for Abbott Nutrition, manufacturer of PaediaSure Shake, a special supplement for children who may not be getting the optimum nutrition from their food. Working with a specialist psychologist and nutritionist, Abbott has developed a branded website, fussyeaters.co.uk, offering guidance.

However, the second ingredient by amount after hydrolysed corn starch in PaediaSure Shake (£9.99, boots.com) is sugar, which may not suit every child.
Leading nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville (marilynglenville.com) recommends Floradix-Kindervital, a liquid multivitamin, which comes in a fruity formula without added sugar (£9.25, hollandandbarrett.com): ‘It tastes good enough to take on a spoon or you could add it to a shake.’ Read More…

How do I break the cycle of insomnia?

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Q: Like many of my 40-something friends, I have difficulty sleeping. I don’t want to take drugs.

A: Many of us suffer with insomnia, either long term or for short ‘acute’ periods. The key hormone involved in sleep is melatonin, which is – like all hormones – often affected by other life factors. Melatonin is stimulated by darkness and inhibited by light. It is also affected by stress, illness and hormonal flurries such as menopause. So it’s a volatile little beast, but there is a raft of non-drug solutions to help. Read More…

Does He Have Sleep Apnoea?

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My husband has always snored a lot, but recently he seems to stop breathing a few times every night. He’s always quite tired too – as am I! Could this be sleep apnoea?

At least half of all middle-aged men snore (women snore too but commonly start later, after menopause). The snorting, rattling sounds happen because soft tissue at the back of the mouth, nose or throat, which is slacker when we sleep, vibrates as the sleeper breathes. This is caused by a partial blockage that may be anywhere from the tip of the nose to the vocal cords.

There are three grades of severity for snoring. In grade one, a person snores infrequently and not very loudly; breathing is not affected. In grade two, the person snores more than three nights a week, and may have mild breathing difficulties. In grade three, a person snores every night so loudly it can be similar to the roar of a motorbike, according to sleep expert Marianne Davey of the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (britishsnoring.co.uk). The snoring is often interrupted by pauses, gasps and choking. Read More…

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of … Cherries

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A middle-aged friend who’s suffered long-term insomnia reports good results from a natural remedy based on Montmorency cherries. CherryActive capsules contain natural melatonin, the sleep hormone. Adding CherryActive to her existing strategies (not drinking caffeinated drinks after midday, a light supper without alcohol) has given her the best nights’ sleep she’s had for five years. Plus she’s much less anxious. CherryActive capsules, which are supported by experts including Dr Jason Ellis of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, cost £12.95 for 30 (dose one to two before bed) Read More…