As our lives and routines continue to be disrupted by the pandemic, it’s easy to slip into unhelpful sleep habits – like late nights caused by Netflix binges, or afternoon naps which leave you bright as a button … at 3am.
Many clients are reporting difficulties getting to sleep or staying asleep, the presence of disturbing dreams, and the problem of waking up unrefreshed.
They’re not alone. A study by the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University found that almost half of all respondents reported poor sleep during the pandemic, while more than two in five claimed waking during the night at least three times a week.
So what to do? Continue reading “Solve your sleep problems”
When people are in a romantic relationship, sleeping in separate beds is sometimes seen as the beginning of the end. Yet according to sleep scientists, different sleeping quarters are actually pretty common for couples and do not necessarily signal a relationship on the rocks.
Robert Adams, a professor in respiratory and sleep medicine at Flinders University’s College of Medicine and Public Health, says previously unpublished data from research undertaken on behalf of the Sleep Health Foundation in 2019 found that 17% of 2,040 Australian adults who were married or living with their partner slept alone.
This can happen for a range of reasons – such as snoring, incompatible body clocks, restless children, sleep disorders like insomnia, or physical illness. For example, at the height of the pandemic, couples in China and Britain were advised to sleep in separate beds to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Continue reading “Together apart”
When science writer Jo Marchant felt a throbbing headache descend, she reached for a jar of candy blue capsules. Metaplacebalin Relaxant Capsules, the label read. One or two capsules to be taken three times per day. Standing by the sink, she downed two, with a glass of water. “It’s hardly a scientific trial,” she writes in Cure (Text Publishing, 2016). “But within 20 minutes or so, the pain really does dissipate.”
Continue reading “Mind over matter”