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[16 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on Longer Work Hours Increase Risk of Stroke | ]
Longer Work Hours Increase Risk of Stroke

A new study has found that working more than 55 hours a week “significantly increases your risk of having a stroke”. abc.net.au broke the story this week, citing a study conducted on over 600,000 people over the past 8 and a half years.
Key findings of the study included:

People working 55 hours a week had a 33 per cent greater risk of having a stroke than people who worked a standard 35 – 40 hour week.
The more hours people worked beyond standard hours, the higher their chance of having a stroke …

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[15 Dec 2014 | Comments Off on Christmas Hours | ]
Christmas Hours

Seasons Greetings one and all! How good is the Pacman Christmas Tree! I certainly get the impression from talking to many of you that it has been a full on year, so I hope you get to enjoy a well deserved break and take some time to recover and prepare for 2016.
Just to let you know I will be working all the way up to and including Christmas Eve, then back on Monday the 4th of January.
Hope you have a great Christmas and a happy and HEALTHY New Year!
 

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[22 Aug 2013 | Comments Off on Exercise helps you sleep better | ]
Exercise helps you sleep better

I know, I really seem to bang on about exercising, don’t I. Just happens to be the case that there have been a lot of studies come out recently showing its benefits, like how it helps you handle stress, and how it can change your DNA so you store less fat. Now a new study has shown that it can help you sleep more, and get better quality sleep. Apparently exercise does it all.
In the study a group of people were asked to do 30 minutes of exercise (stationary bike …

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[18 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on Your Immune System | ]
Your Immune System

New Scientist recently ran an article on how to recharge your immune system. The article was broken down into several sections, which I have taken the key points from and outlined below for your perusal. Hope you find it useful!
1. Go for a walk every day: “When 500 adults were tracked for 12 weeks, those who were the most physically active – five sessions or more of aerobic exercise a week – spent nearly half the number of days sick with an upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold …

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[25 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on New “Latest Headlines” | ]
New “Latest Headlines”

Headline: “A firm handshake and brisk walk could be indicators of a longer life expectancy, researchers claim.”
Story: Researchers think they have identified the 4 physical tasks that seem to correlate with longer life. They found people who performed better at 1) gripping, 2) walking, 3) rising from a chair, and 4) balancing on one leg “tended to live to a riper age”. In theory then, an exercise program that involves getting up out of your chair repeatedly while squeezing is the ultimate exercise regime for those seeking to live a …

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[1 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Are bad sleeping habits driving us mad? | ]

If you’ve read more than one or two of my posts then you’ve probably noticed certain subjects seem to come up repeatedly, and the benefits of a good night’s sleep would be one of them. Kind of contradicts all the posts I do about having coffee now that I think about it….
This article looks at the relationship between poor sleep and mental illness – in a nutshell the relationship is that people with mental illness are poor sleepers. It has been thought that the poor sleep is due to the …

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[27 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

We’ve already seen how effective exercise is for reducing men’s risk of developing cancer http://www.chrisjonesosteo.com.au/?p=348, now it’s the ladies turn. Along term study of nearly 6,000 women “found that those who exercised the most had a 25 per cent lower chance of developing cancer than those who were the least active”.
This new research supports findings from late last year which found “women who carry out lots of vigorous exercise are approximately 30% less likely to develop breast cancer than those who don’t exercise vigorously”. That study followed over 30,000 women. …

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[21 Jul 2009 | Comments Off on Sleeping Posture | ]

I am constantly being asked 2 questions. Actually, that’s not true, I get asked lots of questions. But these 2 are very common:
1. What position should I sleep in?
2. What’s the best pillow?
Now, let me start by saying that there is no answer that is definitively correct. Some postures/pillows work for some people, others work for others. But I’ll give you all the theory.
1. It should be obvious to all of you that Face Down is the worst. If you sleep face down you are rotating your neck hard for a long time. …

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[21 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]

Recent surveys have found (68%) of women admit to sleeping less than recommended average of eight hours per night. 65% of people claim to lose sleep due to stress. Time to go back to the issue of Balance on meditation/relaxation techniques…
So what can we do about it? Participants with insomnia who reported using complementary or alternative medicine were asked if they thought their treatment had helped them sleep.
Nearly half of those who used herbal therapies or relaxation therapy said they felt that their therapy had helped their insomnia “a great …

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[16 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold

I pity the fool that volunteered for this study. 153 healthy, that’s right, HEALTHY, men and women VOLUNTEERED, if you can believe it, to be given the virus that develops into the common cold. Imagine doing that to yourself. Anyway, I am loving their work, for we all get to benefit from the results. Prior to being given the virus, their sleep habits were measured for 14 nights, both in terms of their sleep duration and their “sleep efficiency” (the percentage of time in bed that they were actually asleep).
“Sleep …