Help yourself to sleep efficiency

You’ve probably got used to the notion of efficiency ratings. Your fridge, your car, your insulation: all these are judged by their efficiency. You may not have realised that your sleep can be too.

The amount of time spent asleep in relation to the amount of time spent in bed is known as sleep [...]


Cherry Juice may improve sleep quality

A recent study carried out by researchers at Northumbria University has found that tart cherry juice improves both the quality and duration of sleep.

Drinking tart cherry juice can improve the quality and length of sleep

Participants in the study slept for an extra 25 minutes each night after drinking two servings of [...]


Aromatherapy could help the common cold and improve your sleep

Aromatherapy isn’t hocus pocus and it’s nothing to do with ‘hubble bubble toil and trouble’. It’s simply a natural practice of using natural plant oils and essential oils for psychological and physical wellbeing.

The calming and relaxing fragrance of Lavender aids a peaceful and natural sleep. (1)

Whether these oils are inhaled or [...]


Why magnesium is important for health

In our efforts to remain healthy and youthful there is a lot of talk about antioxidants, omega oils, calcium and several other nutrients and yet we may have overlooked the missing link in our diets, the mineral magnesium.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and can be found in the [...]


Could passionflower be useful to sufferers of anxiety?

 Last week I wrote about the herb valerian and how it might help some individuals suffering with insomnia.  A very recent study (1) investigated the herbal remedy passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) for the treatment of sleep disturbance in 41 individuals.  In the study passionflower in the form of a tea preparation was investigated but passionflower [...]


Can the herb valerian be useful for the treatment of insomnia?

A few years ago I wrote about a variety of different measures that might be useful for the treatment of insomnia, a condition which can be deeply upsetting and frustrating and which can have a vast impact on daily functioning. 

The herb Valeriana officinalis, or valerian, as it is commonly known, was used by [...]


Even gentle daytime exercise helps sleep

Exercise, tai chi and meditation all seem to be helpful for the treatment of insomnia and sleep problems.

On Monday I wrote about some of the natural ways that insomnia may be treated.  Continuing on the same theme I wanted to look at some new evidence which links different types of physical activity to sleep promotion.

There is recent [...]


Getting enough sleep may be good for the health of our hearts

Sleep is something we all need in order to function effectively!  Not getting enough sleep can leave us feeling irritable, unable to perform tasks properly and generally unwell.  Aiming to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night is usually recommended by health professionals.  December saw the publication of two studies (1,2) linking adequate [...]