5 things to improve your sleep

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There are five things we can all do to make our potential for sleep improve  

The sleep rhythm of the night

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Breathe. Coffee. Fluorescent lights, screens, screens everywhere. Repeat in reverse. Post-work drinks? Gym? Deadline to pick up kids. Go home. Read emails over diner. Fix the universe.

Cortisol too much or too little?

HeatherBlog, Hormones & neurotransmitters, Stress0 Comments

What It Is: Cortisol is a steroid hormone, commonly known as the ‘stress hormone’, produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress and low blood glucose concentration. In survival mode, cortisol can be life-saving. It helps to maintain fluid balance and blood pressure, while regulating some body functions that aren’t crucial in the moment, like reproductive drive, immunity, digestion … Read More

Mindfulness – three minute breathing space

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The three minute breathing space is a short mindfulness meditation practice from the core Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme co-developed by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University and Zindel Segal and was partially based on the mindfulness-based stress reduction program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is a a mini-meditation that can put you back in control of your situation when you feel your … Read More

Just breathe

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When I start to talk about the importance of breathing I can sometimes detect a quiet rolling of eyes and almost hear “well if we didn’t breathe we would be dead.” Quite correct. There are very few absolutes in life but this is one of them. Breathing is a natural involuntary action. We inhale and exhale constantly. Adults, when resting, … Read More

Memories on constant replay?

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Are your memories stuck in a grove? Those of us old enough to remember playing our favourite record over and over again may recall how the favoured track could became a deep groove where the needle repeatedly stuck. That deep groove is a useful analogy for how the brain works. Our brain is an incredible piece of kit whose functionality … Read More