Sleep Tag

Whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior or someone who does almost no exercise (naughty!) - a good night’s sleep should be held as a high priority for maintaining quality performance and/or good health.   The following article will briefly discuss the physiology and benefits of sleep, as well as list some effective strategies for falling into a deep slumber.   The physiology of sleep There are two types of sleep: Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) Rapid eye movement (REM)   NREM sleep begins as light sleep and gradually deepens. Each sleep cycle is closed out with a period of REM sleep, where activity is high, and...

Imagine being tired all the time. Like really tired, all the time. Exercise probably seems like the last thing you would want to do, but for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), exercise is one of few therapies known to help. What is chronic fatigue syndrome and does exercise help? Persistent fatigue unrelieved by rest, cognitive difficulties, mood and sleep disturbances, pain, and prolonged worsening of all these symptoms lasting hours to days (i.e. a ‘crash’ or ‘bust’) after undertaking activities that were previously done with ease. These are just some of the issues that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) deal...

For anyone who has been on a weight loss journey, there comes a point where we hit the dreaded ‘plateau’.   The plateau is that horrible point where no matter what you do, the weight loss seems to stall as slow as peak hour in the city. Sometimes it seems no matter what you do, nothing works right? Like climbing Mount Everest it seems to a daunting position and the end point moves further and further away. Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), Carly Ryan, understands that this can be really frustrating time. “Your key health goals should always be about improving your overall health and well-being,...

So you enjoy your exercise, but are not sure if you should move early in the morning or after work?   The general agreement among experts is try to fit exercise in the morning as it can give you a boost for the rest of the day. “When you do a vigorous session in the morning, your metabolism is raised post-exercise for up to 12 hours, which is going to make you more efficient at using stored fat,” says accredited exercise physiologist Dr Jarrod Meerkin. “At night your metabolism drops, so you are not going to gain the same benefits you would expect to...