Lifestyle in NICE guidance – Part 1 – Brief advice: physical activity

Lots of people think lifestyle medicine is fringe, or alternative. I want to present how lifestyle interventions are mainstream and today is the start of a blog series on NICE guidance which covers aspects of lifestyle. NICE is evidence-based guidance, advice and information services for health, public health and social care professionals across the UK.… Continue reading Lifestyle in NICE guidance – Part 1 – Brief advice: physical activity

Sleep

We’re in a sleep deprivation epidemic. 😴 We’re losing 1-2 hours of sleep a night compared to 60 years ago (Dawson, D. and Reid, K. (1997) ‘Fatigue, alcohol and performance impairment’, Nature. Nature Publishing Group, 388(6639), pp. 235–235. doi: 10.1038/40775.) 😴 The glymphatic system is a recently discovered macroscopic waste clearance system that uses channels formed… Continue reading Sleep

Stress management as a Junior Doctor – Part 1

Working in health care is emotionally and physically draining. Burnout and low morale are rising. Stress is endemic amongst the medical profession. 80% of junior doctors report excessive work-related stress 1,2, 38.4% of NHS staff went off sick with work-related stress in 2017 3 and 61% say their work-related stress had risen in the past… Continue reading Stress management as a Junior Doctor – Part 1

‘Why We Sleep’ & My 10 Top Tips For It

This blog starts off with a short book review on ‘Why We Sleep’ by Matthew Walker before moving onto my top 10 tips for improving sleep. ‘Why We Sleep’ is a critically acclaimed guide to the science behind our sleep and dreams. Matthew walker delves deep into the neurological processes which occur during sleep and… Continue reading ‘Why We Sleep’ & My 10 Top Tips For It

Health Benefits of Yoga

I was sad to miss the Yoga in Health Care conference last week. To make up for this I thought I’d research more and share some of the evidence I found for yoga therapy. “Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings… Continue reading Health Benefits of Yoga