As an alternative health expert the wellbeing thing I know about, I work with it, I teach it, and I believe I am pretty hot on walking my talk. But here's the problem. A year ago my business partner Laura Knowles and I expanded our business... and I have literally run myself ragged.
Sleep is also vital for cognitive restoration, the process by which your brain recovers from mental fatigue. Like the body, the mind needs to be 'recharged' to work effectively and efficiently. Sleep is therefore essential when you need to make split-second decisions, especially when in competitive environments.
We all know how a good night's sleep can do us wonders, and a late night of broken sleep can leave you feeling groggy, irritable and unproductive. But there's a lot more to be said about getting an early night than you may think.
TV Beds have been around for many years. This mix of technology and furniture was previously associated with the wealthy and could be seen in the movies or television shows like The Osbornes. Now the ability to have your TV magically appear from the foot end of your bed can be bought for a similar price to a normal bed frame.
Research was recently presented at the American College of Rheumatology indicating that lack of sleep caused by RA symptoms has been affecting overall quality of life for some sufferers, with women said to be affected on a greater level than men.
Never do I see suggestions for the one thing that, over 90 percent of the time, fixes the actual problem within 24 hours. This one thing is Magnesium. A mineral found in low levels in many foods, it is a component of more than 325 different enzymes in the human body.
The pressure of revision and impending tests can not only affect their waking moments but impact on sleep too. Lack of sleep can then have a detrimental effect on the brain, which can lead to lack of concentration when revising and in the exam hall - and on goes the cycle!
For many the summer is a time of reduced pressures and holidays, but a good night's sleep is not necessarily guaranteed despite your expectation to the contrary. The bedroom environment is crucial during summer months: the extra light and heat are enjoyable on the beach but actually make good quality sleep harder to achieve.
I haven't enjoyed a full, uninterrupted eight hours sleep in nearly six years. I know this because I have had a lot of time to think about that fact. A lot of time spent lying in bed in the dark, eyes wide open pondering how long it has been since I have slept a full night and since when.
We underestimate the importance our gut has on our overall wellbeing and only notice our digestive system when something goes wrong.
As the clocks go forward an hour on 31 March to make way for lighter mornings and British summertime, the sleep patterns of millions across the country will be negatively affected. For insomniacs and sleep sufferers it can create a lasting impact, however there are some tactics, which employed now can ensure an undisturbed routine during the brighter months.
Research indicates that a short 20-minute snooze is all it takes to lower stress hormone levels and super-charge your stamina. Naps been proven to be beneficial to your heart, hormonal maintenance and overall cell repair. They are brilliant at helping combat burnout. Napping also increases your creativity, productivity and alertness.
Restless sleep, tossing and turning through the night? A recent survey commissioned by my professional organisation, the British Acupuncture Council, has revealed that we're a nation of zombies. One in five of us claim to feel like one after a disturbed night's sleep.
Since my husband moved to China, leaving me to rediscover life as a one-person household, I have developed a real fondness for the virtual version of my man. In fact, the guy I have begun to think of as 'Ed 2.0' has so many benefits that, when he reappears in solid form, I fear the original model may need an upgrade.
Ever promised yourself that this year you were definitely going to give that bad habit the flick, only to give into your vice again after only a couple of hours? Well, the good news is that 'bad' habit may not actually be as harmful as you think.
Research by American psychologists, published earlier this month, studied the sleep patterns of 1,200 children from birth to three years. Marsha Weinraub, professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, said that alongside regular bedtimes, it was best for parents to not respond when their children call out or cry, especially after nine or 10 months of age.