We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, but it’s not easy to pin down exactly what stress means. Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure and this pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and money problems, and different people handle this in different ways. Stress is not an illness itself, but it can cause serious illness if not addressed. Read below to find out more on stress and the body…. Continue reading “How to manage stress”
Getting a good night’s sleep is imperative for optimum health, yet for many of us this isn’t always an easy task. Whilst we may climb into bed exhausted from our busy schedule, it is not uncommon to lay awake unable to nod off. Our hectic lifestyles may well be contributing to our inability to sleep, but if our internal clock malfunctions then sleep will definitely be elusive. This ‘clock’ is regulated by the hormone Melatonin and levels of this hormone increase as light decreases, reaching maximal levels between 2- 4am to produce a natural circadian rhythm that induces us to sleep at night and then awake (refreshed) in the morning. When your body is producing adequate levels of Melatonin you will fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer; anything that disrupts Melatonin production will therefore interfere with this normal sleep-wake cycle.
If you have trouble nodding off at night, there may be some simple changes you can make to both your diet and lifestyle to optimise Melatonin production, therefore helping to improve your natural sleep patterns… Continue reading “Top Tips For Better Sleep”