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Search found 39 matches
by lisaartis
Thu May 20, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Expert clinic on teen sleep
Topic: Teenage son's sleep routine
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Re: Teenage son's sleep routine

Thanks for your question. It's not uncommon to find that teenagers don't want to go to sleep until later. When they hit adolescence changes happen in the brain. It develops, and hormones are changing. They are biologically more likely to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin, later at night meaning t...
by lisaartis
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Expert clinic on sleep disorders
Topic: REM Sleep
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: REM Sleep

Hi Gilly Thanks for your message. When we sleep, we sleep in cycles and each cycle lasts around 90mins. In each cycle we experience four stages of sleep: Non-REM Stage 1 Non-REM Stage 2 Non-REM Stage 3 REM Stage 3 is our deep or slow wave sleep and it accounts for around 25% of our sleep. It is vita...
by lisaartis
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Expert clinic on sleep disorders
Topic: Dark Mornings
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: Dark Mornings

Hi June Thanks for your message. You're not alone in struggling with dark mornings and feeling groggy. That grogginess you feel first thing is something called sleep inertia - it's because we are still in a sleep state. It usually lasts from around five to 30 minutes but it can last for as long as t...
by lisaartis
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Expert clinic on sleep disorders
Topic: Snoring
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: Snoring

Hi Alison Thank your for your message. Snoring is a common problem. When we sleep, our airway narrows. But if our airway narrows too much, fast-travelling air is pulled through it, causing the soft tissue in the back of the throat to become dehydrated and vibrate. This sound is what most people know...
by lisaartis
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Expert clinic on sleep disorders
Topic: Amount of sleep
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: Amount of sleep

Hi Susie Thanks for your question. Many people focus on how little sleep they get but actually getting too much sleep can also impact on health. There are times when you do sleep more (recovering from illness etc) but if you are regularly sleeping more than 10 hours, it's worth making an appointment...
by lisaartis
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: The Sleep Council - Sleep & Food
Topic: digestive system issues
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Re: digestive system issues

Great that you've already taken steps not to eat too close to bedtime and avoiding large meals. It sounds like something you're eating is playing havoc and you may have some food intolerances? Might be worth looking at what you're eating on the nights you don't sleep well - ie. eating more processed...
by lisaartis
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: The Sleep Council - Sleep & Food
Topic: Night time waking to eat
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Re: Night time waking to eat

Porridge is a healthier choice - rather than tea and biscuits - and it's important that the size of snack is in proportion to the dip in your blood sugar levels.

It would be worth you speaking to your GP generally about your fatigue and low blood sugar levels.
by lisaartis
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: The Sleep Council - Sleep & Food
Topic: Nighttime heartburn
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Re: Nighttime heartburn

Thanks for your question. I would look at avoiding eating a big meal and spicy food before bedtime. Consider eating your evening meal earlier or having a lighter meal instead. As well as fatty food, you may want to reduce the amount of processed carbs too. Citrus fruits can also increase stomach aci...
by lisaartis
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: The Sleep Council - Sleep & Food
Topic: Intermittent sleeper
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Intermittent sleeper

Hi, Bananas are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium which help relax overstressed muscles and can be ideal go-to snack before bed. They also contain all-important tryptophan to stimulate production of those key brain calming hormones. While bananas are a good sleepy food - there are also ...
by lisaartis
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: The Sleep Council - Sleep & Food
Topic: Insomnia after eating out
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Insomnia after eating out

Thanks for your email. MSGs can be added to Chinese food and some people have reported varying effects such as sweating, nausea etc though there is no concrete evidence. Some people are more sensitive to MSG and you may be one of those people. Eating too close to bedtime can impact on sleep generall...
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