Month: September 2015

International Day of Peace

Next Monday, 21 September is the UN’s International Day of Peace. A day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, within and among all nations of the World. The theme this year is “Partnerships for Peace, Dignity for All”, highlighting the importance of all people in all societies to work together to strive for peace. It’s up to each and every one of us to unite against war and conflict, and help bring these ongoing issues to the attention of others. There are lots of ways you can get involved, here’s a few to get you started – Help Make #PeaceDay Trend on 21 September Create Peace Doves and Display Them Join an Event Near You Make Peace With Someone Join The Movement Share this TedTalk Buy the Peace Day Anthem Try Meditation with Colleagues at Work What will you do?

Technology and Sleep Deprivation, the Facts

A lack of sleep is associated with depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, yet gone are the days when our bedrooms provided a sanctuary of tranquility and relaxation. Instead contemporary bedrooms are now filled with TVs, iPads, laptops and mobile phones – all doing their very best to ensure we’re permanently on call, over-stimulated and wound up. According to a National Sleep Foundation study, 60% of 13-64 year olds experience problems sleeping and a staggering 95% use electronics in the hour before they go to sleep. It doesn’t take a brain scientist to realise there could be a very strong link between the two! Especially when 95% of 18-29 year olds sleep with their phones right next to their beds. The self-luminous display light emitted from phones and tablets, is the main cause for concern, as a study from the Lighting Research Centre proved exposure to this artificial light before bed caused melatonin suppression – a hormone that regulates our body clock and tells us it’s nighttime! But what can we do to ensure we’re giving ourselves …