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“Sleep is the golden chain that ties our health and our bodies together”

Posted on by Kathryn O'Hara

Working with Chronic Pain

A recent BBC Radio 4 programme met with Arthritis sufferers to discuss their different experiences whilst working with the condition, and the effect it’s had on their lives outside of the office. The Government wants us to stay in work for longer than our predecessors, which inevitably means that more and more people will be expected to work, despite a disability. Currently, the state pension age for myself (a 25 year old female), is 68 years old. It’s a dreaded thought to think that I have another 48 years of working life ahead of me. But what about for people... Read More


Posted on by Kathryn O'Hara

It's World Sleep Day

Friday 17th March is the 10th annual World Sleep Day. With over 72 countries taking part across the globe, it’s a day dedicated to the importance of sleep, and the prevention and management of sleep disorders. The theme this year is Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life. Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post states, “We are living in a golden age of sleep science - revealing all the ways in which sleep and dreams play a vital role in our decision making, emotional intelligence, cognitive function, productivity and creativity. Ultimately, science has proved that sleep is the ultimate performance enhancer. So, it’s... Read More


Posted on by Kathryn O'Hara

New Bed, New You - March is National Bed Month

March is National Bed Month. For over 20 years the month has been dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of sleep and how it affects our health. The average person spends one third of their life in bed. Add one or more chronic pain conditions in to the mix and that figure could double. How old is your mattress? We know that we should replace our mattress every 7-8 years, but we often leave it much longer than that, waiting until our comfort is seriously compromised before taking the plunge and investing in a new one. An old, uncomfortable... Read More


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Guest Post: Insomnia – Time to Break the Cycle - By Alyssa Reid

You know it all too well… It’s 2am in the morning, and the rest of the house is sound asleep.  But not you.  Again.  Another night of insomnia that is going to blend into the next day, and the next night and so on. It’s been endless. And your chronic pain buddies? They’re on Facebook chatting with you as well, as they’re going through it, too. If you have fibromyalgia – you’re told, ‘it’s all part of the illness’.  And you accept it. By the time you’ve waved your family goodbye in the morning, you can hardly see straight, let... Read More


Posted on by Kathryn O'Hara

Guest post: Sleep, the spine and preventing disease: The science behind the facts by Dr Raymond N Perrin

We all know that a good night sleep sets you up for the day and maintains health, but why? The actual reason for sleep has always been a mystery. Healthy sleep is critical for everyone, since we all need to retain information and learn skills to thrive in life. An average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. The amount of sleep is important but it is the quality of sleep that governs whether a person wakes up refreshed or not after a night in bed. Analysis of the sleep cycle has revealed different stages of sleep. The rapid... Read More