Struggle to nod off at night? Waking Up with the larks? If you’re desperate for a decent night’s kip, spend less time in bed, say researchers.Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have found that, while increasing your opportunity to sleep– say with an early night or lie-in –helps short-term sleeping difficulties,you’re more likely to develop chronic insomnia in the long run. Their Research showed it was far better to match your time spent in bed with your ability to drop off. So, next time you wake up at 5am, don’t just lie there – leap up and go for a run!
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SAVE YOUR EGGS
If you’re hoping to have children, it may pay to limit your exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.Results from a Danish study on rats are concerned scientists that overexposure to pesticides, parabens(chemicals found in many body care products) and paracetamol, may result in an early menopause. The Researchers, at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, found egg reserves were lower – even before puberty, when women start to lose unfertilized eggs – in the exposed animals than the control group. Time to go organic, perhaps?
HOW TO SURVIVE HIGH HEELS
Michael Ratcliffe Podiatrist at Carnation Footcare Make sure there’s enough room in the front of your shoes (the toebox) to wiggle your toes freely. This is really important because if the shoe too tight here, you risk compression lesions such as corns. Your longest toe should be 15-20 mm from the end of the shoe. There Should be enough width sono joints are pressured or rubbed. Ensure the sole flexes where your toes bend which helps with push-off as you walk.’
BOOK YOUR MOT
Looking for a spa break that offers more than just pampering?Award-winning wellbeing retreat, Grayshott Health Spa in Surrey, is offering a new Health MOT day including health consultation, blood and body-composition analysis. Once You’ve had your health checks, you can unwind in the spa,enjoy a healthy three-course lunch, join one of the workout classes or walk in the 700 acres of National Trust land. It’s the perfect way to kickstart your health. The Health MOT daycosts from £210. Find out more at grayshott spa.com.
3 OF THE BEST NEW HEALTH BOOKS
Arm yourself with the latest reads
ANXIETY FOR BEGINNERS BY ELEANOR MORGAN
Bluebird, £16.99. A Personal memoir and well-researched guide to anxiety, and how to live a happy, fulfilled and functional life.
THE LIVING WELL WITH CANCER COOKBOOK BY FRAN WARDE & CATHERİNE ZABLUDOWİCZ
Bantam Press, £16.99. A holistic, but science-backed recipe book with advice on the best foods to manage the side-effects of treatment.
LOVE YOUR LADY LANDSCAPE BY LISA LISTER
Hay House,£10.99. Learn how to care for ‘down there’ and reconnect with your feminine powers to boost your health, vitality and sexuality.