Dream Sleep vs Deep Sleep

Dream Sleep vs Deep Sleep

By Professor Grant Schofield What happens when we sleep? Let’s have a look at the sleep cycles, particularly Rapid Eye Movement (REM) or dream sleep, and non-REM or deep sleep, in humans and other animals. At the start of the night, you’re in a light sleep....
Ageing and Circadian Rhythm

Ageing and Circadian Rhythm

By Professor Grant Schofield So, let’s just take it from the start. Before a baby is born, when you’ll feel it kicking around and moving – which is all very exciting – interestingly, the baby is probably asleep and dreaming. They haven’t...
What is resilience?

What is resilience?

  How do we define resilience? It’s a term that we use a lot in everyday language. Perhaps it’s something that bends, but it doesn’t break. Perhaps it’s the ability to manage and to adapt to stress. It’s thriving through adversity....
A day without wine seemed impossible

A day without wine seemed impossible

Twelve months ago I would not have joined this challenge.  Although my diet was full of healthy, whole, mainly low carb foods, I ran each day, and was outwardly fit and healthy, the idea of 21 days without my evening glass of wine (or 3) would have seemed impossible....
8 Lifestyle Lessons from the Cat

8 Lifestyle Lessons from the Cat

Sometimes the simplest lessons on how to live a healthy life come from the nature around us. Take my maine coon cat for example. Maineflame Atarangi, commonly known as Rangi. When you look at how he spends much of his life, keeping good health becomes easier. Here are...
A Career in Health Coaching

A Career in Health Coaching

If you’ve ever reached the end of the work day only to realise that you haven’t really done anything worthwhile today, here’s what you can do about it. If you are a stay-at-home mum or dad, loving it but also worried about standing still and stagnating with your...
Cocksy on Pharmac

Cocksy on Pharmac

One of our favourite supporters, Cocksy, left us with a great idea for Pharmac. He found that once he was on prescribed drugs the system didn’t seem to work in the patient’s favour if the drug didn’t work for them. Cocksy’s solution was to fund the patient,...
Got 2 Minutes? Move

Got 2 Minutes? Move

If you’ve got 2 minutes, the best thing you can probably do with it is move your body. Our 2-minute workout incorporates 4 “natural” movements of humans:1. Stretching and standing tall2. Squatting3. Crouching and lunging4. Cross-legged sitting These real world...
Radical Thinking

Radical Thinking

Every so often news arises in the media of someone cured of their cancer, or at least having a prolonged remission that wasn’t’ expected. Recently a book called Radical Remission piqued my interest and it seems timely to share it with you. Author Kelly A Turner worked...