SCIENTISTS have found a way to help you live longer, improve your memory, make you more attractive and boost your sex life. It can also aid weight loss, protects from cancer, heart attacks and dementia and makes you happier and less stressed. Interested? Well, the remarkable solution to all those health issues and more is simply plenty of sleep. Here, sleep scientist Professor Matthew Walker reveals how eight hours a night could unlock all those health benefits. Do you think you got enough sleep this past week? Can you recall the last time you woke up without an alarm clock, feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer to either of these questions is no, you are not alone. Two thirds of adults in all developed nations do not get the recommended eight hours’ nightly sleep. Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer. … [Read more...] about Scientists reveal key to a longer life and better sex… is sleep
The ultimate chocolate martini by Paul A Young There are many versions of a chocolate martini, but how many are made with real chocolate? Most use flavoured syrups or liqueurs to add the chocolate flavour, but I believe that only real chocolate keeps the martini’s clean crisp taste; and if you like your martini extra dry, then the chocolate does not detract. Serves 2 For the chocolate sauce 100g 70 per cent dark chocolate, broken into pieces 100g golden caster sugar For the cocktail Cubed ice 4 x 25ml gin or vodka 2 x 25ml dry vermouth (Noilly Prat is my preference) Cocoa powder, for dusting To make the chocolate sauce, add 150ml water, the chocolate and the sugar to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over a low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Place 2 large martini glasses in the freezer for 1 hour. Half fill a cocktail shaker with cubed ice, then add 4 measures of the chocolate sauce and the other liquids and shake well. Strain into the … [Read more...] about National chocolate week 2017:
RESEARCH has revealed the formula for a perfect night’s sleep - a room temperature of 16 degrees Celsius, curling up on your right hand side… and a few pages of a good old fashioned book before bed. The study also revealed that to achieve zen-like sleeping conditions you will also need two pillows and a bedroom painted white. And for the perfect night’s sleep, you should leave at least 37 minutes from when you last check your phone to attempting to fall asleep. Your optimum sleeping time should be eight hours, and the perfect time to go to sleep is 10:39pm. And controversially, 44 per cent of people believe they sleep BETTER when their partner isn’t in the bed with them, with women more likely to turf their other half out to improve their sleep quality. The poll of 2,000 Brits, commissioned by eve Sleep, asked them to name everything that helped give them the perfect night’s sleep. Jas Bagniewski, founder and CEO of eve Sleep commented: “At eve … [Read more...] about These are the secrets to sleeping well… and they could be a game changer
Sparks, Hippopotamus ★★★★★ Download this: Missionary Position; Scandinavian Design; What The Hell Is It This Time?; I Wish You Were Fun; Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me); Life With The Macbeths In a week which saw the loss of Walter Becker, it’s perhaps worth being grateful that another droll duo, likewise imaginatively inventive since the early ‘70s, is still fully operational – and on this showing, smarter and more satisfying than ever. Having spent recent years creating their musical radio play The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman and collaborating with Franz Ferdinand on FFS, Hippopotamus is the first “proper” Sparks’ album – ie, one stuffed with short, literate, witty pop songs – in almost a decade. Never knowingly following the well-trodden path, their attentions are directed here towards such matters as the tedium of funeral orations; envy of a newborn baby’s blissful ignorance of … [Read more...] about Album reviews: Sparks, Neil Young, The National, Tori Amos, The Waterboys and more
The next time you're rudely awakened by restless children or deafening planes in a dawn chorus, remember this - for Penelope Cruz, nothing less than 15 hours will do. The secret of her flawless skin and radiant complexion is, she says, a perfect night's - and morning's - sleep. It's the sort of slumber most of us can only dream about. Cruz says: "Sleep is the best way to happiness and beauty. Once, my sister slept for three days straight. My record is 18 hours, though I don't usually sleep that long." But can lying in bed for three-quarters of the day really help you to get the mind and body you crave, or should we do as Mrs Thatcher used to and survive on three or four hours a night - a technique, she claimed, that assured her strength of mind throughout the day?"Fifteen hours of sleep is excessive by any standards. There is no evidence that taking an excessive amount of sleep like that is going to do you any good at all," says Professor Jim Horne, director of the sleep research … [Read more...] about Can too much sleep be bad for you?
Work stresses, kids waking in the wee small hours and technology can all contribute to a dreadful sleep pattern - so how do you get the perfect amount of shut-eye? Sleep boffins think they have the answer - and it's all about what time you hit the hay, when to fall asleep and 90-minute sleep cycles. If you're feeling drained during the day then it could be time to revamp how you sleep - especially important taking account of the clocks going forward last week. READ MORE: Lincoln street voted one of UK's most charming Here are the key tips to follow: 1. If you fall asleep in five minutes Find yourself dozing off as soon as you hit the sack? It might be a sign you're not getting enough sleep or you may have a sleep disorder. Watch out for signs throughout the day that you're not getting enough quality sleep, like trouble paying attention, heavy eyelids and slowed thinking. If you snore, it could affect your quality of sleep. Changes such as losing weight, changing your sleeping position … [Read more...] about This is how to get a perfect night’s sleep
‘I woke up in the middle of the night to two men creeping up to me in the dark. I had to pull my penknife out. Then I ran. But I had nowhere to run to.’ These are the words of Michael, a 22-year-old who ended up on the streets at just 11- years-old, writes Express & Star reporter Jessica Labhart. Michael describes himself as a badly behaved child who would walk out rather than accept punishment. He just walked out one day and never went back. He said: “I started off being in the streets for a day or two, at 11, then that progressed to two weeks, then indefinitely. “I would try and find woodland or places where I could build a den. In some ways, remembering what it was like then, it was exciting. But also I was just constantly worried. All the time.” Alex, aged 19, has a different story. His parents divorced, and he says he was kicked out by his mother when he was 15. “There were a lot of arguments, fighting all the time,” he said. … [Read more...] about What is it like to sleep rough on the streets of Wolverhampton? « Express & Star
A baby charity is urging local authorities and health trusts in Devon to bring Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rates down. The call to action from The Lullaby Trust comes as part of Safer Sleep Week, the charity's national campaign to raise awareness of SIDS, often referred to as cot death. this year it is running from March 13 to 19. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, while the overall SIDS rates for England and Wales showed a 17 per cent decline since 2013, and a 39 per cent overall decline since 2004, the rates in the south west have decreased more slowly showing only an eight per cent reduction since 2004 and remaining higher than the national average. Adding to this worrying picture is a national survey commissioned by charity The Lullaby Trust, which found that more than 48 per cent of parents in the south west are unsure of one of the most fundamental steps to reduce the risk of SIDS: sleeping a baby on its back for every sleep. Read … [Read more...] about Do you know the safest way to get your baby to sleep?
A baby charity is urging local authorities and health trusts in Devon to bring Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rates down. The call to action from The Lullaby Trust comes as part of Safer Sleep Week, the charity's national campaign to raise awareness of SIDS, often referred to as cot death. this year it is running from March 13 to 19. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, while the overall SIDS rates for England and Wales showed a 17 per cent decline since 2013, and a 39 per cent overall decline since 2004, the rates in the south west have decreased more slowly showing only an eight per cent reduction since 2004 and remaining higher than the national average. Adding to this worrying picture is a national survey commissioned by charity The Lullaby Trust, which found that more than 48 per cent of parents in the south west are unsure of one of the most fundamental steps to reduce the risk of SIDS: sleeping a baby on its back for every sleep. Read … [Read more...] about Do you know the safest way to put a baby to sleep?
A BABY charity is urging authorities and health trusts in the South West to focus their efforts on reducing rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies supports bereaved families and raises awareness on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A survey commissioned by the charity found that nearly 50 per cent of parents in the South West are unsure of one of the most fundamental steps to reduce the risk of SIDS - sleeping a baby on its back for every sleep. Evidence shows that babies who are slept on their back for every sleep are six times less likely to die from SIDS than those who sleep on their front or side. The call to action comes as part of Safer Sleep Week, the charity’s national campaign to raise awareness of SIDS (often referred to as cot death) and the lifesaving advice that parents can follow to reduce the risk of it occurring. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, … [Read more...] about Safer Sleep Week: Parents encouraged to reduce the chance of cot death with one fundamental step
Local people have so far raised more than £16,500 for YMCA Lincolnshire at a local fundraising event. The event saw 85 people spend a night sleeping rough in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral, sheltering in cardboard boxes from the wind, rain and bitter cold. The event, run annually by the YMCA, attracted more than double the participants of last year's SleepEasyLincoln16, beating the fundraising target of £10,000 by over 50 per cent, with generous support and donations still coming in following the event. READ MORE: Police swoop after man attacks his aunt YMCA Lincolnshire have run SleepEasy events for the past seven years. However, this is the first event to be part of national YMCA Sleep Easy Week, which saw 15 YMCAs come together over seven days promote to their work with young people and the homeless. Money raised from the event will help YMCA Lincolnshire and The Nomad Trust increase the provision of accommodation and support services for the most vulnerable … [Read more...] about 85 people sleep rough in Lincoln to raise money for homeless
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email ITâS national pet week this month and I love pets. Iâve only ever had dogs â apart from winning a goldfish at the Marymass Festival in Irvine when I was about 11. I won it on the Saturday and, tragically, it was deid by the Thursday. My first dog was a black Springer spaniel named Emma. I grew up in primary school thinking every girl named Emma had a dugâs name. My mum and dad only had Emma for a few months before they sent her to my grans so they could go to Spain for the week. She never came back. My gran kept her, which was fine as I stayed at hers every weekend. Emma went on to have wee Springer spaniel puppies and my aunty and uncle took one and called it âSpringerâ â not a lot of thought went into the naming of pets in my family. I remember a visit to my auntieâs when I was about eight. I was getting tore into a sausage supper in … [Read more...] about Grado: It’s time for me to reflect on my love of dogs this national pet week
The publication of the Government's housing White Paper on 7 February is, if nothing else, acknowledgement of the very real threat the housing crisis constitutes for too many people. One in three families is one month's pay cheque away from homelessness. The most visible manifestation of this largely hidden phenomenon is the ever-growing number of rough sleepers, a figure that has more than doubled since 2010. The latest government data for autumn 2016, published on 25 January, give a figure of 4,134 rough sleepers on just one night, an increase of 16% on the previous year. Around a quarter of rough sleepers are in London. Separate higher figures produced by the multi-agency database CHAIN show that more than half of these are foreign nationals, predominantly from Central and Eastern European states. Rather than tackle the root causes of rough sleeping, the Government is instead focused on deporting rough sleeping European Economic Area (EEA) nationals. If some claims are to be … [Read more...] about Rough sleeping isn’t a choice – nor is it illegal
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email It's National Tinnitus Week - so we have compiled some facts about this debilitating condition which affect an estimated one in 10 people in Coventry and Warwickshire. Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source. It is often described as "ringing in the ears", although several sounds can be heard, including buzzing, humming, grinding, hissing and whistling. While Tinnitus is rarely a sign of a serious underlying condition, it can sometimes be continuous and have a significant impact on everyday life. Severe cases can be very distressing, affect concentration, and cause problems such as difficulty sleeping and depression. To coincide with Tinnitus Awareness Week starting on Monday, the BTA has released new guidelines for GPs to help improve support. “There is a knowledge gap within the … [Read more...] about National Tinnitus Week: What is tinnitus and how can it be managed?
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email It's National Tinnitus Week - so we have compiled some facts about this debilitating condition which affect an estimated one in 10 people in Cambridgeshire. Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source. It is often described as "ringing in the ears", although several sounds can be heard, including buzzing, humming, grinding, hissing and whistling. While Tinnitus is rarely a sign of a serious underlying condition, it can sometimes be continuous and have a significant impact on everyday life. Severe cases can be very distressing, affect concentration, and cause problems such as difficulty sleeping and depression. While patients can find hearing aids and tests on the high-street, Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital now hosts a group of experts offering patients suffering from Tinnitus access to a service … [Read more...] about National Tinnitus Week: What is tinnitus and how does it affect you?
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email It's National Storytelling Week (Saturday, January 28 - Saturday, February 4), a time dedicated to the celebration of the spoken word. Some of your fondest childhood memories might be the times your parents or loved ones read to you and your imagination ran wild. Many treasured childhood books began life as tales - passed on through word of mouth - before being recorded on paper. Although others - like Harry Potter or Roald Dahl's stories - were originally written as books your first memory of them might be someone reading them to you aloud. Here's ten fun facts about some of the tales we all grew up listening to. Jack and the Beanstalk by Benjamin Tabart The tale was passed on by word of mouth before it was finally published as a story in 1807 by Benjamin Tabart - he claims he was the first person to put Jack and the Beanstalk in print. In … [Read more...] about National Storytelling Week: How many of these fun facts do you know about your favourite bedtime story?
Rory McIlroy has insisted he is not worried about his late tee time at Augusta National this week, although he suggested he would have preferred to play earlier. McIlroy will be the very last man in the 89-strong field to hit his opening tee shot in the Masters after being drawn in the final group at 2:01pm local time for Thursday's first round. The four-time major winner, who was fourth last year, will partner Ryder Cup team-mate Martin Kaymer and America's Bill Haas in the first two rounds of the year's first major championship. Asked about his late tee time on Thursday, McIlroy said: "I think it's the third year in a row I've been off last either Thursday or Friday here. I was sort of expecting it. "I'm not much of a sleeping-in sort of person. I'll get up and I'll probably go to the gym and I'll just do everything that I can to get ready for the day. "It becomes a long day. On a Thursday morning you're really just wanting to get here and get out and play, so there's probably going … [Read more...] about Masters golf 2016: Rory McIlroy not worried about late tee time at Augusta National
Britons are under-sleeping by an average of almost an hour every night, health experts have said. The average adult sleeps for 6.8 hours a night, below the 7.7 hours people feel they need, the Royal Society for Public Health said. This amounts to losing an entire night's sleep over the course of a week, it said. The RSPH, which represents around 6,000 public health specialists, said that poor sleep has been linked to a range of conditions as it called on the Government to introduce national sleep guidance. "We do need to wake up to the benefits of sleep - there is a wealth of evidence that lack of sleep is damaging the public's health," said Shirley Cramer chief executive of RSPH. "Poor sleep and sleep disorders impact on our ability to lead a healthy lifestyle and are associated with a range of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart attack and depression. "Our research shows there is a gap in how much sleep the public are getting compared to how much they need. "Efforts to combat … [Read more...] about Britons under-sleep by an average of one hour every night
“Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn't everyone?” asked Noel Coward. A good reason to be outraged: that most of us start the day without a glass of fizz is a sad reflection of how little our so-called civilisation has come. The government should make fizz free and hand it out to everyone. That’s real Champagne socialism. National Champagne Week, which runs from October 1 - 7, is a celebratory seven days featuring tastings, meals and boozy experiences across the country. London has more than its fair share of goings on, but if you fancy a getting out of town, there are some fun-looking happenings in both Bath and Oxfordshire. Head to the National Champagne Week website for the full details. We've chosen our favourite events below, taking a well deserved break on Sunday. October 1: Fizz with fried food Some people say champagne is only for celebrations: on the contrary, it is, in fact, the perfect way to start a celebration. It needn't be a special occasion … [Read more...] about National Champagne Week 2015: what to do and where to go in London
Anyone who came to Beijing to see the Forbidden City will have been disappointed on the second day of the national holiday week. The Golden Week began on October 1, the anniversary of the 1949 foundation of People's Republic of China. The daily contingent of 20,000 of tickets was sold out within two hours - 166 tickets were sold per minute. It's the kind of sales numbers museums around the world can only dream of. There are currently some 600 million Chinese tourists out and about - that's 7.5 times the population of Germany. And they're not only in Beijing but visiting the Terracotta Army in Xi'an and Huashan Mountain in Shanxi province. Some 500 tourists had to sleep at the top of the mountain itself because strong winds made it temporarily unsafe to use the cable car. Pictures showed masses of tourists at the Great Wall of China, packed together like sardines. No longer the factory of the world The government will be particularly pleased by the pictures. It wants to shake off the … [Read more...] about Sieren’s China: It’s Golden Week in China