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The truth about sleeping pills

The truth about sleeping pills

Often, people will do almost anything to get some shut eye including taking over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills. However, if you’re not getting sleep night after night this is a red flag that there may be a more serious underlying cause for your insomnia. While sleeping pills are effective short term, they’ve also been linked to addiction, overdose, daytime grogginess, and the increased risk of death compared to people who don’t use them. That’s why sleeping pills are a last resort and should only be used for a very limited time if ever. That doesn’t mean that you should never...

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How sleep works and why you need it!

How sleep works and why you need it!

Sleep is one of, if not the most important aspect of your health! And not getting enough of it can not only affect your productivity and mood but can also increase your risk chronic health conditions such diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and even early death! Yet with modern day life, we have normalised the use of premature alarms, sleeping pills, prioritising work over sleep, and the excessive use of electronic devices that wreaks havoc on your sleep!  Sleep isn’t just a form of rest, it’s your lifeline! Without it you’ll be sacrificing living life to its fullest potential and...

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Is stress the reason that you're struggling to sleep?

Is stress the reason that you're struggling to sleep?

With the current situation of COVID-19, it’s no wonder that we’re all feeling more stressed and anxious! The problem with stress is that it can cause sleep issues - this relationship becomes even more complicated because poor sleep can make anxiety worse! When you’re stressed your body releases stress hormones aka cortisol to help you deal with stressor eg. you’re more focused, you’ve got more energy, and your eyesight and listening becomes sharper.   This is all part of fantastic evolutionary process in your body called your ‘fight or flight’ response that is perfect for dealing with short-term stressors. 

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Foods you should and definitely shouldn’t eat before sleep!

Foods you should and definitely shouldn’t eat before sleep!

It’s almost midnight and suddenly you have a desperate urge of hunger. This is completely normal especially if you didn’t eat enough during the day or maybe you feel stressed and anxious and are looking for comfort from food. However, what you choose to eat, or drink can have a huge impact on how you sleep! If you struggled to sleep when you were younger, you were probably told to follow the old wives’ tale of having a warm glass of milk – turns out they weren’t wrong! In fact, there are many types of foods and drinks that have...

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