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Bedtime procrastination – why you stay up when you’re tired

Bedtime procrastination is a name given by Dutch researchers into the phenomenon that can make us literally too tired to go to bed and sleep. But can we do anything to help ourselves get the rest that we need?

Is a doze at daytime a diabetes risk?

Have you heard that a doze in the daytime can give you diabetes? I don’t think it’s quite that – I read about it in the paper – they’ve found out about it in Japan  I think that the paper may have got hold of the wrong end of the stick.  

Is your fitness tracker making you fatter?

What do you think of this then?  My latest fitness tracker. Yes, very er … matt black. Cutting edge you know.  Synchronises with my phone and my iPad, counts all my activity – steps, running, sleep, the lot.  Amazing bit of kit, I wouldn’t be without it.

Christmas – sleep

Christmas and the New Year period can badly disrupt your sleep pattern– late nights, drinking, lie-ins or early starts for long journeys can all play their part. So how can you make sure that your sleep doesn’t suffer?

Christmas – children’s sleep

You may remember your own childhood difficulty in getting to sleep on Christmas Eve, and there’s no reason to think it’s any easier for children now. So what can you do to make sure that their sleep doesn’t become a source of Christmas Eve stress for you?

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Six tricks and four simple steps to improve your memory

If your memory is more like a sieve than the proverbial elephant’s don’t despair – there are some very practical steps that you can take to noticeably improve your memory.

Your in-built sleep cycle and your body clock

Your getting ready for bed probably starts before you’re even aware of it.  Your body temperature drops by half a degree, and in response your pineal gland produces a surge of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.  But how far does your sleep pattern match what your body clock needs?

Practical help for problems sleeping

For many of us seeing that it’s three o’clock in the morning on a bedside clock is a welcome message that we have another three or four hours of sleep to look forward to.  But for those with problems sleeping it’s just another reminder of how little they have slept, and how little time they have left.