- The lazy way to reduce your waistline
- The electrical threat you’re not told about
- How this hidden problem is linked to allergies, cancer, sleep problems, and even obesity
Well, that was a hot week.
Too hot for me to do any gardening over the Bank Holiday weekend.
And too hot even to sleep.
Last Sunday night I was uncomfortable in every position, and had to discard even a bed sheet (not a pretty image but there you go). It seemed like I was awake half the night and I felt absolutely drained on Bank Holiday Monday.
It took me back to what I was writing about a week ago – the huge problem with sleeplessness in this country.
A shocking 67% of British adults suffer from disrupted sleep on a regular basis.
The obvious consequences of this are tiredness, low mood, irritability, depression, strained personal relationships, work problems, inability to focus or concentrate…
But it also increases your risk of developing chronic health problems, including potentially life-threatening issues like diabetes, obesity and dementia.
In a research paper from 2012, ‘Sleep and immune function’, chronic lack of sleep was linked to poor immune systems.
“Sleep and the circadian system are strong regulators of immunological processes,” it said, adding that, “prolonged sleep curtailment and the accompanying stress response cause your body to go into a state of chronic low-grade inflammation.”
So it’s really important to address this problem. It isn’t a minor inconvenience, nor a health ‘niggle’.
Instead it could be at the root of many of your problems, either causing them or simply making them worse.
As I recommended, you should consider a natural sedative with no side-effects like this one:
It should make a significant difference and help you stay away from sleeping tablets.
As an extra incentive, it could even help you lose weight.
Why better sleep is good for your waistline
According to a study at the University of Leeds in 2017, adults with poor sleep patterns are more likely to be overweight or obese, with poorer metabolic health.
The scientists reckoned people who got only 6 hours of sleep had waists 3cms on average bigger than those with 9 hours of sleep.
The study’s leader, Dr Hardie said: “Because we found that adults who reported sleeping less than their peers were more likely to be overweight or obese, our findings highlight the importance of getting enough sleep.”
So if you can regulate your sleep, then it surely has to be the ultimate lazy way to lose weight.
You should also…
- Do exercise every day (walking, swimming, running are ideal).
- Try meditation and relaxation therapies in the evening – this could simply entail a long hot bath, some yoga, or sitting quietly for 10 minutes.
- Get yourself organised with a calendar and day planner to reduce stress and worry when you go to bed.
- Avoid eating after 6pm.
- Avoid caffeine in the later parts of the day.
- Try a daily magnesium top up. Magnesium has been linked to better sleep – find out more here.
But as I suggested in last Sunday’s email, many sleep problems are down to our over-use of electronic devices –smartphones, computers, tablets and TVs.
So try not to watch TV directly before you go to sleep. Read, or listen to mellow music. Switch off electrical appliances in your room at night and try and block out light pollution from outside.
Talking of modern technology, here’s something else that’s important to know…
Controversial research into ‘electrosmog’ revealed
In 2014, the neuroscientist Dr. Olle Johansson, professor from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, spoke to medical professionals at a seminar in Barcelona about electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
These are emitted by electrical machinery, including mobile phones, WiFi, TV, microwaves, high power lines and transmission masts.
This is collectively known as ‘electrosmog’.
His extensive research showed that continued exposure to electrosmog is linked to the following:
- Sleep problems
- Allergies and allergy symptoms
- Certain cancers
- Reduction in the efficacy of certain drugs
- Radiation damage
- Long-term DNA fragmentation
Dr Johansson strongly refuted the idea that this was just a health conspiracy theory or down to media hysteria.
Rather, he claimed, the public are being hoodwinked into thinking that the world’s ever-expanding network of generators and transmitters is completely harmless.
Admittedly, it is a controversial view. But in all honesty, we know that living amongst powerful generators, WiFi transmitters and aerials is probably not the way to enjoy optimum health.
And Dr Johannson is not the only one worried about the effects of technology on our health.
In 2008, a study at the Uppsala University in Sweden and Wayne State University in Michigan, showed that radiation from mobile phones delays and reduces sleep.
It concluded: “The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected.”
This research was sponsored by mobile phone companies – which may have been a bit of an own goal, not that it made any difference to the explosion in phone usage.
Later, in 2012, Dr Andrew Goldsworthy, a retired lecturer from Imperial College London, wrote a paper explaining how bad EMF emissions could cause damage to your glands, resulting in obesity, chronic fatigue, early dementia, loss of fertility and cancer.
He has spent many years studying how cells, tissues and organisms are affected by electromagnetic fields and says: “Not everyone is affected in the same way and some may not be affected at all. However, there is increasing evidence that the situation is getting worse.”
What do you think? Do you feel that pollution from electromagnetic fields could be affecting you? Do let me know!
In fact, if you have any tips, stories or experiences you’d like to share, I’m always glad to receive them and pass on your wisdom to other readers.
Yours, as always,