Posts Tagged ‘illness’

I can’t get no sleep!

February 12, 2009

Thursday 12th February 2009

Health gurus and admittedly, us – we’re always banging on about the risks of smoking, drinking and eating too much, however lack of sleep has recently been identified as equally hazardous, which is essential for good mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Everyone has their own prefered sleep patterns. I for example like around 6 hours sleep per night, which helps me to get up on time and start the day on a positive note. Any more or any less than that and I want to sleep in all day!

Getting enough sleep therefore appears to be part and parcel of the much publicised ‘healthy lifestyle’. As we live in a time where people work hard and party harder, it’s no wonder people aren’t getting enough sleep. Our skin is our body’s main organ and a lack of sleep can have drastic, tiring effects on the skin. You know what i’m talking about, those mornings when you’ve had the best sleep ever… you actually feel like sleeping beauty and this shows in your skin. Glowing and radiant!

The BBC pointed out that inadequate levels of sleep can lead to further diseases in the long term and it’s getting to the point where we live as a ‘tired society’, relying on coffee and caffeine kicks to wake us up!

Laughter therapy reduces stress – go on have a giggle!

February 6, 2009

Friday 6th February 2009

We couldn’t stop laughing when we saw this clip on the BBC website. Next time you’re stressed at work, have a little giggle to yourself and apparently you are bound to feel better!

This new kind of laughter therapy has taken off in Kent. Whether you’re feeling upset, ill, stressed… laughter is the best medicine when taking all your worries away. I know that when I get together with the girls, you can guarantee we’ll be laughing about something and I always feel better!

What i don’t understand though is how people can just go to ‘laughing class’ and simply start laughing at nothing?! I often find that me and friends end up laughing at something that isn’t really that funny, which then makes it funnier, but there’s always a trigger to get us giggling. And I know that if i started laughing at my desk for no apparent reason, i’d look a bit mental and i would get a few strange looks from my fellow colleagues!

But i’m not judging, laughter therapy could be the new cure to people’s troubles, and in the current climate, why not give it a try? Get your mates over, dig out a funny film or a box set of Friends, reminisce about the good old days and have a giggly night in. Not only will you save money, you will also have a real laugh with your friends – just make sure your sides don’t split!

Lack of sleep makes you sneeze…

January 13, 2009

Tuesday 13th January 2008

If you feel like you have had about 10 colds, one after the other this season, scientists may have found an explanation as to why some people are more susceptible to the virus… LACK OF SLEEP!

Yes that’s right, those who get less than seven hours sleep are apparently more likely to catch a cold than those who snooze away for eight or more. That’s fine, at the weekends when you have time to spare, but with people’s busy lifestyles, who has time to sleep for more than eight hours?! I’m lucky if I get six and I feel fine, in fact I don’t think i’ve had a cold this winter yet – touch wood.

I think a person’s need for sleep totally depends on individuality, some need more, some can get by on less. I will say one thing though… that old tale about getting your beauty sleep is definitely true.

Too many nights staying up until the early hours watching films and having midnight feasts, then getting up for work the next morning can definitely take its toll on the skin. Sleep deprivation causes dark circles and ‘bags’ under the yes, which are in themselves unattractive, however it can also leave the skin looking dull, tired and dry. So what is the toll of the 9 to 5 lifestyle on your skin

One thing you can do to combat sleepy skin is to pamper yourself at least once a week. Invest in a good quality face mask – best done on a Friday night after a week’s hard work. A good daily moisturiser keeps wrinkles and flakes at bay and the best medicine – a bit of shut eye. It works wonders!