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Many of us have experienced grief in the last year, losing parents, grandparents, children or other relatives or dear friends. Not all the lives that were lost were a direct outcome of the pandemic. Many deaths were a consequence of the pandemic – limitations caused by stringent hospital procedures, for example.  What is truly concerning however, is that our social media feeds have turned into obituary columns, where we seem to appease our lack of human...

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Reading is good for you. It can help to decrease blood pressure and lower heart rate. In fact, studies have shown that reading for as little as six minutes before bedtime reduces stress by 68 percent.  Here are 10 relaxing reads out now – and a bonus list of the top audiobooks – that will beat a sleep-disrupting news doom scroll any night. Quiet by Fearn Cotton Do you think you could do with a...

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Even before the pandemic, it was estimated that somewhere between 10 to 30 percent of the global population suffered from insomnia and other sleeping problems, with some studies placing  it as high as 50 to 60 percent.  Over the past year, Covid-19 has had its own impact on our sleep. Unfortunately, feeling tired isn’t the only side effect of insomnia. The severely sleep-deprived have a much higher chance of developing chronic conditions such as Type...

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According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85 percent of US adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. In the Middle East, doctors say anywhere between 45 and 90 percent struggle to get enough sleep. The high levels of obesity in the region contributing to breathing disorders only make the problem worse, according to a 2016 study published in the Canadian Respiratory Journal. ...

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If eight hours of slumber sounds like a dream to you and counting sheep just doesn’t do the trick, ASMR might be your ticket to a good night’s sleep.  Described as a tingling sensation that starts in the head or neck and travels down the body, this practice uses an assortment of sounds, referred to as ‘triggers.’ These can be anything from talking softly, whispering, tapping or the sound of someone brushing their hair.  The...

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When it comes to the health, fitness and wellness industry there are certainly some unusual concepts out there. From cupping to tuning forks, you probably thought you’d heard it all. But have you heard of ‘ASMR’? For years now, people have been taking to the internet to produce Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response — aka ASMR — to relax perfect strangers and lull them to sleep.  ASMR is said to be the sense of euphoria that starts...

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My parents tried to limit the time I spent watching TV when I was young. It wasn’t easy for them. Now screens are everywhere and the battle to minimize time spent on them has become even more difficult.  We can’t control the fact that screens are here to stay, but we can help our children better navigate a screen-filled world. The most important thing to remember is the importance to children of face-to-face interaction, which...