Why You Should Press The Snooze Button

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For years we’ve been told that the key to a healthy sleep pattern is to stick to a routine. If you’re a 6.30am riser during the week, you should stick to the same clock at the weekend. New research this week suggests that using the extra time on your days off to catch up on lost sleep could be more beneficial in the long run. Read More…

Do You Live In The Most Stressed Out City?

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It is highly likely that at one point or another this week you will feel ‘stressed’. If you’re a male salesperson living in Cardiff your chances are even higher. According to Perkbox, an employee benefit scheme company, the Welsh capital topped the chart with 70 percent of workers saying they’re stressed. Wolverhampton was a close second, followed by London, Coventry and Liverpool.

Around 70 percent of men feel stressed at work, with those aged between 25-34 being the most likely to suffer with work-related stress, compared to one in three women. Finance topped the list in terms of most stressful industries, followed by national and local government and the health sector, while those working in sales and HR departments are likely to bear the brunt. Read More…

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Loss During Summer

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There are a number of life aspects that we all need to be careful about in order to stay healthy. Eating a healthy diet and incorporating some form of exercise are essential, but sleep is equally important. A good night’s rest has many implications beyond just making you feel refreshed. Insufficient sleep usually makes us irritable and more likely to suffer from anxiety. Additionally, a lack of sleep is implicated in heart disease and weight gain.

Summer can be a very difficult season for sleep. During the summer months, there is more light later in the day and your body rhythm needs to shift accordingly. Light signals your body what time of the day it is. If it is bright late at night, this can push your rhythm back. If you normally go to bed at 10 pm then due to brighter light during summer your body thinks it is earlier, thus it will take some time to adjust.

There are many other problems that can disturb sleep patterns during the summer months. Allergies can be a big problem because there are many sufferers of hay fever who simply cannot get sufficient sleep during the night time due to blocked noses and breathing difficulties. Read More…

Are You Getting Sufficient Sleep?

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Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important aspects of health. Like many things in life, we still do not understand why we sleep and yet just know that it is important. Many people have theorised that the purpose of sleep is to physically rest, rejuvenate and repair. However, increasingly research seems to point to the fact that when we sleep naturally, our brain is not dormant and actually reviews and processes all the information gathered during the day, some of which we discard and some of which we store into memory.

How much sleep do we need?

Although there is not a rule of thumb for the duration of sleep, it is generally accepted that most adults should get between seven and eight hours, whilst nine hours seems to be the average requirement for teenagers. Almost everyone occasionally suffers from short term insomnia for diverse reasons such as physical overload, stress, jet lag, anxiety and perhaps even a change in diet. We all know that when we don’t get enough sleep, it affects our performance and wellbeing the next day. Read More…