Category: Wellbeing

Caffeine Fix is Hiding Sleep Disorders

Marlene Even  What effect is our morning caffeine fix having on our quality of sleep? While we often don’t think of coffee as a drug, it does act as a stimulant. Having a cup of coffee speeds up the brain and nervous system, as our hearts beat faster, and body temperature rises we feel more awake. When we consume too much caffeine it can make it harder for us to fall asleep and diminishes the quality of sleep. For example, sleep may be lighter and disrupted throughout the night. Other impacts include anxiety, agitation and tremors. The Sleep Foundation...

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The Best Gifts To Give This Father’s Day

Isabella Ross Father’s Day – the time to celebrate all the contributions that dads and father figures have made to their children’s lives. However on this day of appreciation it can become increasingly difficult to figure out what is the perfect gift to get your loved one. So to ease the stress here are 10 Father’s Day gift ideas guaranteed to delight any dad.   Handmade Cards Symbols of appreciation, handmade cards are the ideal gift accompaniment to make any father figure feel special. With a personalised touch, these cards may even spur a sentimental tear – reinforcing the...

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BLOOD DONOR SAVES MORE THAN 525 LIVES

Isabella Ross With just one blood donation viable to save up to three lives, there is no greater time to donate than now. Only 1 in 30 Australians give blood each year, which is a worrying statistic when considering the current demand for life-saving blood transfusions. People of all walks of life are in need of blood products whether it be cancer, a difficult pregnancy, medical condition or serious accident. Giving blood 175 times is 87-year-old John Harrison, who as a result of donating has saved more than 525 Australian lives. “I started giving blood because my wife Beryl...

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HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP

Natalie Di Paola Everyone knows how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep nourishes the brain, improves memory and mood and reduces the risk of serious health problems. However, most people struggle to get the recommended 7-8 hours a night. Research from the National Sleep Foundation, APA (American Psychological Association) and the Sleep Health Foundation indicate the following are the best tips to ensure you get a healthy night’s sleep. Don’t think about it  Dr Moira Junge from the Sleep Health Foundation says that, “the best sleepers in the world, the people who report no problems...

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VITILIGO: THE NEED FOR AWARENESS

Isabella Ross With the skin condition affecting more than 400,000 Australians, Vitiligo has become a relative commonality within society known for its distinctive pigmentation. In simplistic terms, Vitiligo is the loss of pigment cells that results in the skin becoming white in isolated spots or patches. Although the exact cause is shrouded in mystery, the condition is regarded as an autoimmune disease that affects males and females of all ages and ethnicities. One of the biggest misconceptions of Vitiligo is that it is contagious. Given that it is an autoimmune disorder, the condition is not infectious. Even though there...

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