Sleep Better, Feel Better

Maintaining good sleeping habits can help to improve your general health by reducing fatigue and boosting concentration, mood, memory and coordination. Sleep is your body’s chance to recharge and repair. However, getting the right amount of sleep can be difficult for many people, as we lead busy lives full of work (shift work can be extra detrimental to health), stress and children. The lifestyle of a university or college student is often just as unhealthy, with odd sleeping hours, all-nighters rushing to finish assignments and late nights due to work or social outings. Too much sleep can also be problematic, as it  makes your prone to being more tired. Oversleeping can be due to factors such as depression, illness or just tiredness.

So how much sleep should you be getting? For an adult the recommendation is around seven to eight hours a night.

The complex science behind sleep is fascinating enough to deserve it’s own post; today’s post, however, covers tips on getting a better night’s sleep.

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Mental health and Relaxation

Health effects of stress

Physical effects of stress

Setting aside time for relaxation is important for maintaining good mental health and decreasing stress levels. Today’s post will offer a range of suggestions – from simple, quick activities to more complex exercises. In my previous post on The Healthy Mind Platter, Rock and Siegal refer to this as ‘Time In’.  Continue reading