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How to get a good night’s sleep

sleep-wellAre you one of the many people who fall asleep easily, only to wake up a few hours later and struggle to get back to sleep again? According to a 2013 report by sleepcouncil.org.uk, almost half of Brits are kept awake by stress or worry at night. Perhaps you have trouble falling asleep in the first place, or find yourself waking throughout the night. Millions of people suffer from some form of insomnia, but sleep can be improved by practicing better sleeping habits and pinpointing what it is that keeps you up at night.

Addressing your so-called ‘sleep hygiene’ (a term used by the NHS) can help you determine what you can do differently to get more sleep, before turning to sleeping pills or tonics. Read in full

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Simple ways to prevent jet lag

prevent jet lagFrequent travelers are all too familiar with the feeling of jet lag; the extreme fatigue, insomnia at night, digestion problems and trouble concentrating on simple tasks. Whether you are a first time flyer, or about to embark on your first long haul flight, jet lag and its effects on your body can come as a bit of a shock.

With the introduction of cheaper flights and the newly increased popularity of travelling to areas of Eastern Asia, such as Thailand, more and more Brits are embarking on long distance holidays.

Whilst there is no way to fully prevent the effects of jet lag, there are many simple approaches to long distance travelling which can help relieve the symptoms and make your journey more pleasant. Read in full

Flying high: 3 jet lag apps

jet lag appsAnyone who suffers from jet lag knows it’s not a pleasant thing to endure.

Caused by the disruption of the body’s circadian rhythms when we travel, jet lag is a condition that affects everyone differently.

For some people, it makes them disoriented, lethargic or irritated, and insomnia is often a symptom. But no matter how it manifests itself, one thing’s for certain – it can ruin an otherwise idyllic holiday or important business trip.

As with most things nowadays, there’s an app for everything, and jet lag is no exception.

There’s no cure for jet lag, but there are few tricks you can do to you get your body clock back on the straight and narrow. Read in full

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New pill that puts an end to jet lag

new jet lag pillMost of us have been on a long-haul flight and suffered the disconcerting and exhausting effects of jet lag – but a new pill could now make it a thing of the past.

Researchers at Manchester University have discovered an enzyme – CK1epsilon – that resets our body clock and keeps our body operating on a normal 24 hour rhythm. When the enzyme is suppressed the rhythm resets itself, making it easier to stay awake at night and sleep during the daytime.

Team leader Dr David Bechtold said that modern life poses a raft of potential health challenges and disruptions to the normal patterns of our body clocks, including sleep deprivation, shift work and jet lag. Major disruptions in the natural body clock can increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks by up to 40%. Read in full

What to pack for your winter holiday abroad

photo of couple on beachAs the nights draw in and the ground turns frosty, a winter getaway seems like the perfect escape! But whether you’re heading to the sunny Maldives or visiting Santa in Lapland, there are a few essential items you should remember to pack.

Clothes

If you’re jetting off into the sun, it can be tempting to leave all of your winter clothes behind, but many destinations are cooler in winter, so always make sure to take a jumper.

However, if you’re travelling to somewhere cold, you may struggle to fit all of your winter woollies into a single bag. So rather than trying to cram in your whole wardrobe, why not try layering instead? By wearing several layers at once you’ll trap heat, leaving more space for all of your souvenirs!

Medication

In the excitement of booking your trip, it can be easy to forget to check whether the country you’re travelling to has any medical advisories. Always check well in advance so that you can have vaccinations arranged prior to travel. Read in full