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Are you stressed?

Are you stressed?

Are you stressed?

Stress really isn't taken as seriously as it should be. How many times have you heard the phrase 'Oh it's no big deal it's probably just down to stress'? I know I have heard it countless times, and have personally fallen guilty to ignoring phantom symptoms assuming they will pass when the stress does.  The problem is, more often than not, stress can become a very serious problem. Many people (myself included) don't know, or even acknowledge the fact that they are stressed until it rears its ugly head in the form of emotional and physical symptoms, by which point your body is already in complete shutdown mode.


So what is stress? Well, stress by definition, comes about in three different ways – emotional (Anxiety, death of a loved one), physical (training for a marathon, heavy lifting) and chemical (eg alcohol, drugs, medicines etc). So how does your body cope with stress? Before we begin let me explain the vital hormones and neurotransmitters involved with stressed....

Top Tips for Naturally Improving Your Sleep

Posted: Thu, 24 March 2016, 10:36

To feel so desperately tired, yet not be able to drift in to the realm of blissful slumber is a feeling of utter frustration and exhaustion, am I right?
To hear your brain whirring thoughts around like a merry-go-round and listing what feels like an ever-growing list of to-do’s for the following day or week can be sleep destroying.

Sleep is vitally important to your health; and looking after yourself and getting your nightly sandman visit is vital for your energy levels, your immune system, your weight and ultimately your happiness.

Waking up each morning desperately clinging to the duvet and begging for more sleep is not a ‘normal’ feeling to have after a nights sleep. You should not be feeling groggy, still half asleep and grappling towards the nearest coffee filled mug.
The sign of really good nights sleep is when you feel revived, regenerated and ready to kick start the day!

Sleep requirements are pretty variable, but generally everyone needs between seven to nine hours of good quality sleep a night for their brain and body to perform at its best.

During the night your brain cycles through different stages of sleep which determines the quality of your sleep. After about five to ten minutes in stage one, your brain moves into a deeper stage two, and over the next hour it goes to stages three and four, in which the electrical activity slows way down. After slow-wave sleep, your brain progresses into REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, in which it becomes a lot more active.

Your brain runs through all the sleep cycles sequentially roughly every 90 minutes, then starts over again at the beginning. Therefore, if you have constantly interrupted sleep and are unable to sleep right on through the night, your snooze is less restorative to your brain. You'll feel it the next day even though the number of hours you slept may have been sufficient.

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