Melanie Flower

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Who doesn't need more sleep?

I've been thinking a lot about the importance of sleep recently.  Mainly because, compared to what it used to be, the quality of my sleep is poor.  I used to feel very grateful that I slept so well, when I was often hearing from clients about how sleep problems were affecting their lives.

Obviously having a baby is a major disruption to one's night time rest, but my baby is now regularly sleeping through the night, so I should be too.  Not so, however, I seem to be waking in the night and generally feeling that my sleep is not as deep as it used to be.

Sleep is a vital function of the human body, necessary for all the repair and recharge that needs to happen after a day of activity.  Many elite athletes recognise this, and you will now find 'sleep pods' in the training grounds of some premier league football teams, so that their players can have an extra snooze during the day to give themselves the best chance of performing at their optimum.  I think to overlook the importance of sleep, in any lifestyle, is an oversight, so good on the football teams and their sleep pods.  How can a body be expected to perform to the best of it's ability if it's not had enough time to rest?  When muscles, nerves and blood vessels have been pushed to their limits, they just won't work as well if they've not had enough time to rebuild and refuel.

At the other end of the scale, someone like me who is not doing strenuous physical activity for most of the day, still needs a decent quality sleep to be as healthy as possible.  Every system in the body has repairs to do whilst we sleep, and if this is repeatedly curtailed, there will undoubtedly be consequences.  I know of many people that work long hours and get home late, meaning that they're sleeping and relaxation time is reduced; this is a real shame, as I believe this will erode their health over a period of time.  Times have changed, and work doesn't finish at 5pm, home for tea by 6pm.  Anyway, I digress.

So what am I going to do about my sleep issues?  Well, I'm starting by cutting out caffeine after midday.  I had this policy years ago as drinking tea in the afternoon used to keep me awake at night (Really?  How extraordinary!), but caffeinated tea has crept its way into my afternoons and evenings, so this seems a logical place to start.  My fear is, however, that now I'm a mother, I may never sleep well again.  Let's see how it goes...


Thursday, December 03, 2015

An easy way to get yoga into your life

I've been doing a bit of yoga.  Not much, but a bit.  And I attribute this practise to the excellentness of the Yoga Studio iPad app that I've downloaded.  It's probably the best thing I've got on my iPad (well, that and the Jamie Oliver app).  When I downloaded it it was £1.99, and the value for money is tremendous - there are hours of yoga classes to follow, for all different abilities and for varying lengths of time.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Advice for the newly pregnant

My Facebook feed seems to be full of pictures of 12 week scans; there's a lot of newly pregnant people around in my social circle.

And for those newly pregnant people, it's a very unusual time of transition.  They've just emerged from the three months of secrecy where they've been making excuses about avoiding alcohol and feeling quietly sick and are now ready to proudly spread their news.

I have been asked by a friend in this situation for my advice, so here it is.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

San Pellegrino Sparkling Juice Drinks

Did you know that San Pellegrino Sparkling Grapefruit drink contains more sugar than Coca Cola? Per can, the San Pellegrino contains 39.9g of sugar, whilst Coke contains 35g.  That's nearly a teaspoon more.

It's a plain old sugary soft drink, dressed up to look not so.  And to be fair, they've done a pretty good job!  I imagine that there's plenty of people drinking these drinks, thinking that they're simply mineral water with a dash of fruit juice.  Ah, the power of branding.


Sunday, November 08, 2015

I've not been around these parts for a while....

I've not been round these parts for a while; I've had a baby, which turns out to be quite time consuming.  Who knew?  He's nearly 18 months now, and so a bit bigger than he was in he picture.  They grow bigger - apparently that's normal.

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