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Slow Down And Snuggle Up for a Winter Pillow Fight!

October 14, 2014 in Featured
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Slow Down And Snuggle Up For a Winter Pillow Fight!

Expert advice to energise your body & boost your mood this autumn!

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Autumn is a magical time of year. It’s also the perfect time for a pillow fight! Instead of dreading the darker evenings and wishing the clocks weren’t about to spring back, why not celebrate life in the slow lane. Go for walks and savour the colourful spectacle of trees turning from green to gold and fire red…  Savour  cosy evenings in front of the log burner, reading that brilliant novel you never have time for, and nurturing the body with good quality sleep, warming soups and stews  in preparation  for winter! At this transitional time of year when we all feel like hibernating and consuming comfort foods, we need to make sure we’re feeling at our optimum best and full of beans to jump out of bed on even the darkest, rainiest mornings!

So EH Mag had a tete a tete with Dave Gibson, Sleep Wizard at Warren Evans – makers of beautiful Made In Britain Beds – for tips and tricks on how to get through the winter season and actually enjoy it. This special time of year calls for eating warming foods, cocooning, snuggling up and slowing down – read on for Dave’s expert guide to getting your beauty sleep this winter…

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The autumn season spells many changes for our internal body clock and this time of year can often seem like we’re fighting a loosing battle. Most of us sense the two key changes quite easily – the reducing amount of daylight and the drop in temperature.

Our bodies need to manage the change from summer to wintertime as the clocks fall back. Diminishing sunlight can lead to a lack in Vitamin D, especially in vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women. For some of us the decrease in sunlight leads to a drop in mood and even seasonal affective disorder (SAD) on occasion.

Colder and wetter weather gives cold & flu bugs the chance to thrive and an increase in windy weather can often dry our lungs and wind-pipes and can generally leave us feeling low and rundown.

Our hunter-gatherer history suggests certain ‘harvest’ opportunities in terms of diet, and more recently autumn is seen as a chance to detox, so we can often change what we use to fuel our bodies quite significantly.

So how do we link our hunter-gather past to our 21st century technology driven present? What can we do to boost our natural energy levels and to keep spirits high?

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Dave Gibson, Warren Evans’ sleep wizard leads a team of experts throughout Body Clock Month to bring you top tips, tricks and professional advice to help you manage the seasonal changes. Over the month they will be looking in detail at 4 key areas; sleep, nutrition, emotions and movement & exercise  at – https://www.warrenevans.com/inspire_me/.

 

Here’s a few top tips to get you started:

 

  1. Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. Keeping to a routine helps your biological clock. Taking long afternoon naps can interfere with night-time sleep patterns. If you need a nap, don’t take longer than 30 minutes.

 

  1. Don’t work late especially on computers as they emit blue light. Blue light regulates our secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Exposed to blue light, we limit the production of melatonin and, we stay alert and awake. In the absence of blue light, melatonin production increases and, we get sleepy.

 

  1. No caffeine after 4pm for coffee drinkers. This will not only reduce stimulus to the brain, but also allow you to replenish your body fluids during the evening. Coffee is a diuretic and the last thing you need is to be woken up during the night needing a “bio break”!

 

  1. Make sure you get some outside light if possible to reduce potential decrease in mood in the darker days. The decrease in natural light can have significant effect on mood resulting in a winter depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD can often be treated successfully by light therapy. This involves sitting in front of or beneath a light box that produces a very bright light.

 

  1. Try and tune into seasonal energy. Do less, start to wear warmer clothes and slow down with the commitments. Take time to look after yourself.

 

For in-depth advice and top tips go to https://www.warrenevans.com/inspire_me/ throughout October. Lots of prizes up for grabs too!

 

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Alison Jane Reid

Alison Jane Reid - Journalist, Editor & Emerald Princess of Slow, Sustainable Luxury Living - 18 year track record interviewing real icons for: The Times, The Lady, You, The Mirror and Country Life. Now leading her alluring fairtrade, emerald revolution - Don’t Miss Out - Have you joined The Ethical Hedonist set?



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