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It’s a fact, your sleep is really affected by time change

by Sonia Chartier, on 24 February 2016, Stress and sleep
time change

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

The start of daylight savings time signals the beginning of spring for many people. The days getting longer is an early promise that summer is just around the corner. But is this practice really a friend or a foe?

There is some evidence to suggest that we don’t really adapt to these changes—whether they’re in the spring, or in the fall—and the repercussions are vast!

Some studies show increase in accidents, heart attacks, psychiatric disorders and even obesity!…  Continue reading >

Why sleep changes as we age?

by Sonia Chartier, on 17 December 2015, Stress and sleep

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, ND

Sleep is a beautiful thing. It is a state of altered consciousness when your brain is still hard at work! It is a vital physiological necessity. It’s during sleep that your body recovers, your immune system fights off infection, and cognitive functions are consolidated, namely memory.

However, there are many factors that affect our sleep. Here’s a little bit more on the topic.

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Stress reaction: why it is different for men and women?

by Sonia Chartier, on 2 November 2015, Men's Health, Stress and sleep, Women's Health

There are an almost overwhelming number of factors that contribute to the build-up of modern day stress.

And let’s face it, who behaves at their best when they are under stress?  Perhaps you recognise yourself in one or more of these classic behaviours…

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Hyperactivity or normal behaviour?

by Sonia Chartier, on 10 August 2015, Children's Health, Healthy Living, Stress and sleep

co-written by Irma Schutte

The noticeable change in the behaviour and performance of our school children is giving cause for concern. This change does not necessarily mean that children are less gifted than they used to be. There is no doubt that it arises largely from our changed environmental conditions, especially the ever increasing flood of stimuli to which they are exposed today.

These behavioural problems also spill back into their family lives. Anxiety, aggressiveness and opposition to any form of discipline are becoming more apparent in preschool children.

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Restless legs

by Sonia Chartier, on 6 July 2015, Healthy legs - varicose veins, Stress and sleep

How annoying it is to find that as you lay yourself down to sleep your legs decide to twitch and jump and generally carry on as if being bitten by stinging ants.

Reasons other than poor circulation such as high histamine levels or calcium/magnesium imbalance can cause the legs to have a life of their own.

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