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Sleep
September 12, 2018

Early birds vs. night owls – who has it best?

When it comes to sleeping, there are two kinds of people, early birds and night owls. If you tuck yourself into bed before 10 pm on most nights and are up early, ready for the day, you’re an early bird. If you’re up till 2 am without batting a droopy eyelid, you’re a night owl. Whichever you are, depends on your internal body clock, called the circadian rhythm and a system called sleep/wake homeostasis. Sleep/wake homeostasis makes sure that there’s a balance between your sleep and wakefulness. When you’ve been awake for a long time, sleep/wake homeostasis tells you that…
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Sleep
August 10, 2018

Why do we need to sleep?

Sleep isn’t limited to recharging your body, there’s a whole lot more that goes on when you’re whisked away into dreamland. According to the National Sleep Foundation, one of the vital roles of sleep is to help us solidify and consolidate memories. As you go about your day, your brain takes in a huge amount of information. Rather than being directly logged and recorded; facts and experiences need to first be processed and stored. Many of these processes happen while you sleep. The neuroscience of sleep According to Russell Foster, a professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford,…
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Sleep
August 9, 2018

How your sleeping position affects your health

Sleeping should be as easy as closing your eyes and dozing off, right? It turns out that you may be doing it wrong. Besides too much or too little sleep, snoozing in certain positions has different effects on your health. Here’s how. On your side Benefits If your go-to-sleep position is on your left or right side, you’re a snoozing champ! Sleeping on your side is one of the best positions for overall health. Research shows that almost two-thirds of all people sleep in this position. Those who lay on their side are less likely to suffer from conditions like…
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Healthy Lifestyle
July 16, 2018

How nature improves your health

Imagine this. A lush green field of grass, colourful flowers and only the sounds of birds chirping. Ah. Have you noticed that you feel good when you’re out and about in nature? It turns out that there’s a reason for this. Research has found that being regularly exposed to nature can affect your health for the better. Your body is sensitive to your environment. What you see or hear can affect your mood and body systems (nervous, immune, and endocrine). Here’s how improving your health can literally be a walk in the park. Improves your social wellbeing A study by…
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Energy
June 18, 2018

Why am I always tired?

Do you feel like you’re constantly on “empty”, even as you sleep, exercise and do all the things a healthy person is supposed to? Your health or lifestyle habits could be to blame. Common energy stealers Eating too many carbs Daytime sleepiness has been linked to eating refined carbohydrates, which increase your blood sugar levels. This is followed by a plunge in insulin levels that can cause fatigue and weakness. Carbs may fill you up but they're not loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to produce energy. You’re not hydrated enough When you don’t drink water…
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Sleep
February 28, 2018

These foods will help you sleep

The last thing you want after a long day at work is to toss and turn as sleep eludes you. No one wants to take Insomnia to bed. It’s worth noting that the foods you eat may be culprits. On the upside, there are also foods that can bring on forty winks faster than you can count sheep. First, let’s understand why sleep is so important: Sleep affects everything! According to the Harvard Medical Health School, the lack of sleep goes far beyond simply making you tired and moody. A lack of sleep can increase your risk for obesity, the…
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Skin
January 5, 2018

Why do I have dark rings under my eyes?

Eek! You have a date tonight and there are dark circles under your eyes… again. You’ve tried sleeping for eight hours every night, but this doesn’t seem to make any difference. What now? A lot of people suffer from these dark rings. The dark rings are basically just the blood vessels underneath the eyes that are visible through the skin. The skin around the eyes are naturally very thin, so depending on hydration, blood flow and the colour and thickness of the skin, these dark rings may be more or less visible. Lack sleep and too much alcohol are the…
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 27, 2017

How your body’s healing process can turn against you

Think about the last time you injured yourself and your wound started to swell rapidly. That was inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself from harmful irritants, including damaged cells. The body defends itself from bacteria and viruses and repairs any damaged tissues, which means that without an inflammation response, wounds and infections don’t heal. However, too much inflammation can become problematic and play a significant role in some chronic conditions. Inflammatory disease There are several chronic conditions, where out-of-control-inflammation plays a central part. Treating these conditions, include treating the inflammation. They include: Asthma Chronic peptic ulcer Tuberculosis…
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Sleep
September 28, 2017

The science behind the best sleep ever

Sleep is essential to your health and wellbeing. There’s a reason why you spend almost one-third of your day doing it. But many of us don’t get the sleep we need. In fact, 40% of South Africans aren’t sleeping enough, new research shows. And who wouldn’t want to get a bit more shut-eye?! Not only do you look and feel better, but it’s as important to your basic survival as food and water. Sleep affects almost every type of tissue and system in the body, from the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune function, and mood. How sleep works…
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Sleep
May 13, 2017

It’s time to (finally) sleep well

Tired of counting sheep? There are far more effective ways of getting the rest you need. Sleep better tonight and feel your best in the morning with these tips. Cool off A bedroom that’s too hot or too cold can interfere with your sleep. For the best quality sleep, your bedroom should be slightly cool (around 18°C). Tone it down A dark bedroom is essential for a good night’s rest. Sleep in as close to complete darkness as possible. Get heavy curtains in blackout shades. If this doesn’t help, try an eye mask to block out filters of light. Make your…
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