Whenever I go to the optometrist these days I am informed that I have high eye pressure and that it may mean I’m at risk of developing glaucoma. So it was interesting to read some research that shows eating certain foods can help reduce the risk of glaucoma. Researchers analysed data of over 100,000 adults […]
Do you sleep with your pets? Although I would love to sleep with my cats, I realised a few years ago that it did nothing to help my sleep. I would invariably end up in the weirdest positions and generally not on my pillow – somehow one of my cats had taken that over. Then […]
Playing 3D games for 30 minutes a day may lead to improvements in memory according to recent research. The University of California, Irvine study had 69 participants aged between 18 and 22 play either 30 minutes a day of Angry Birds (a 2D game), 30 minutes of Super Mario 3D World or do nothing at […]
I have written numerous articles on the 24 character strengths identified by Peterson and Seligman. Since there is a lot of information to cover, it occurred to me that it would be useful to have a quick at-a-glance guide to all of the strengths. So I decided to create an infographic which provides an easy summary of […]
One tip sleep experts give to help people with insomnia is to go to bed the same time every night and get up the same time each morning. This includes the weekends. However, many people do not do this – instead saving up their sleep for the weekend. It would seem that there is also […]
It’s not always easy switching off after a day’s work – something often made more difficult when you didn’t complete a task. You know the feeling – even though you’ve left the office, you’re taking work with you as you mull over what you have yet to complete. A new study offers a solution. Before […]
Posted on 11. Dec, 2015 by Julia Barnard.
Past research has suggested that learning a second language brings benefits to your brain. See here and here. New research suggests that it can even aid recovery to people who had experienced a stroke. The study was carried out by Edinburgh University in conjunction with the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences in India. The study […]
Back in August I reported on some research that showed listening to music before, during and after surgery reduced stress and anxiety and helped relieve pain. New research has analysed the data of 47 studies that examined the benefits of music to patients having surgery. The findings were clear – music resulted in 31% less […]
Posted on 20. Nov, 2015 by Julia Barnard.
It could be because your sleep was interrupted. Sleep can have a massive effect on our health and wellbeing. It can also put us in a grump if we’ve not had a good quality sleep. New research suggests it is being woken up during the night that causes more problems than merely not getting enough […]
In 2012 I reported on a study that showed being a gardener was one of the happiest professions you can have. If, in the unlikely event you haven’t changed careers, then perhaps you should get an allotment instead. New research conducted by the universities Westminster and Essex in the UK found having an allotment brings […]