Tag Archives: better sleep

Can a new sleeping pattern reduce your migraines?

migraine awareness week

September 2nd marks the start of Migraine Awareness Week 2018, so we’re going to explore whether sleep can help reduce your symptoms Migraines aren’t just bad headaches. They occur when blood vessels constrict and expand, due to impulses sent out by hyperactive nerve cells. This is accompanied by the release of chemicals and inflammatory substances […]

Can sleep improve your memory?

sleep and memory

If you are struggling to remember things throughout the day, your sleep quality could be to blame. We all struggle to remember things from time to time, and there are many factors which may contribute to this. However, if you’ve found that you’re feeling foggier and more forgetful than usual, it could be due to […]

Is beauty sleep a real thing?

beauty sleep

It’s a notion we’re all familiar with, but can getting a good night’s sleep really make you feel happier about the way you look? ‘Getting your beauty sleep’ is a phrase you’ve probably heard many many times before, but chances are you’ve never given it much credence. However, recent research suggests that there may be […]

Ditch the screen and pick up the paperback: here’s the science behind reading before bed

Reading before bed is a tradition that goes back centuries. However, in recent years, the typical routine of turning pages by lamplight has more or less been swapped with lying in the dark scrolling through our smartphones. But trading the written word for the world wide web could be having a negative impact on your […]

An Introduction to posture

introduction to posture

Posture is one of those terms that we often hear people talking about. But do you actually know what posture is all about – and could you tell the difference between good posture and bad posture?  We take a closer look with the help of our friends at Perfect Balance Clinic, the experts in pain […]

Better Sleep Case Study: Paul Shields, Northampton Saints Team Manager

After a 10 year playing career for Ulster and Northampton was cut short due to a serious neck injury, Paul Shields decided to stay in the game. He moved into the team manager role at Northampton Saints, where he has been ever since. Having had success both as a player and part of a coaching […]

Better Sleep Case Study: Charles Piutau, Professional Rugby Player

Charles Piutau

Currently plying his trade at Ulster in the Pro14 league, the former All Black is considered to be one of the most dangerous runners in world rugby. After suffering from debilitating back pain on his old mattress, Charles took advice from teammates who sleep on a Mammoth and tried one out at Dreams Boucher Road […]

Can sleeping better make you less afraid?

less afraid

New research has found a connection between high-quality sleep and reduced feelings of fear Better quality sleep is linked to reduced activity in brain regions implicated in forming fear, according to new research. Furthermore, time spent in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep could potentially indicate susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s no secret that poor […]

From stress to social media: why aren’t we sleeping enough?

Sunday Insomnia

November 1st marks National Stress Awareness Day, so there’s no better time to take a closer look at the factors which stop us sleeping well, including stress. As we all know, sleep is a vital part of a happy, healthy lifestyle. When we don’t get enough sleep, we put ourselves at risk of negative experiences […]

How to tackle that SAD feeling – Dr Jonathan Bloomfield

For many of us, winter can be an incredibly difficult season to navigate. You’ve probably lost count of how many times you’ve said, “I can’t believe how dark it is already”. Add in some gale force winds, a drop in temperature, and some icy rain and at times we’re all left wondering why we live […]