The ten commandments of great sleep

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You may think I’m slightly obsessed with sleep, having written about it several times on the blog already. But I revisit the subject today for good reason: it’s World Sleep Day, plus March is National Bed Month – which I’m celebrating with a well-earned nap. … [read more]

How to sleep well

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  I have had many periods of poor sleep during my life. The biggest cause of sleep deprivation? Parenthood, obviously. Looking back, I know that I got away lightly with my kids’ sleeping patterns and that some parents suffer years of disturbed sleep with their … [read more]

How to tame your inner demon

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The demon in my head I have a voice in my head and she’s a real bitch. She’s a demon and she is very busy, chattering and chipping away at my confidence. She beats me up from the inside, keeps me dwelling on past events, … [read more]

Can you put a price on your health?

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Every six months I take our car into the garage for a health check. It gets put through its paces, is subject to rigorous testing using all the latest technology and comes back purring. Our last service cost over £800. Ouch. I, on the other … [read more]

How to choose a gym you’ll actually use

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I’ve been on a bit of a fitness journey over the last few months. After the physiotherapist told me to stop jogging last year, I came to the conclusion it wasn’t doing me any good anyway. For every couple of minutes of jogging, there would … [read more]

Oh my aching bones

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I am falling apart, it’s official. Bad knees run in the family, which is ironic as I’m now not allowed to run. My last MRI scan showed that my kneecaps are slowly deteriorating and I have arthritis. It’s not a bad case, and the majority … [read more]

New year, new everything

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Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed Christmas/Chanukah/Winter Solstice or whatever else you celebrated. And that you feel rested from your break. We had a party of 13 guests on Christmas Day. The preparations were a back-breaker: eight hours in the kitchen on Christmas Eve … [read more]

Does your bedroom make you sick?

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Sleep is a subject I’ve written about several times before. Good quality sleep can have such a positive impact on our health, mood and productivity, while sleepless nights are akin to torture. This was brought home to me recently, while staying in a hotel – … [read more]

Running to catch up

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I bloody hate exercise. It was all so easy in our twenties. In those heady days my friends and I managed to stay relatively slim and fit, by surviving on toast and vodka and going clubbing at least once a week. We focused on starting … [read more]