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mushrooms have been used for their medicinal properties for thousands of years
in traditional Chinese medicine and have recently become more widely popular as
scientific studies have repeatedly confirmed their health-boosting properties.
The active compounds which are abundant in mushrooms have a wide-range of
health benefits, including supporting the immune system response to viral and
bacterial infection, boosting energy levels and mood, cancer prevention,
lowering of cholesterol and blood pressure.
Recent research has also shown that mushrooms have a pre-biotic effect
on the gut microorganisms, assisting healthy food breakdown.
The most popular medicinal mushroom is Reishi. Due to the presence of the mood-boosting
compound triterpene, it may reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep, promote healing and sharpen
focus. Additional potential benefits
include weight-loss and immune system support.
popular medicinal mushrooms and their health benefits include:
Lion’s Mane (cognition, memory, concentration),
Chaga (aging, inflammation, lowering LDL),
Shitake (lowering cholesterol, heart health,
blood pressure and circulation),
Turkey Tail (immune support, cancer prevention,
As an Osteopath I am often asked which mattress and pillow I
would recommend. Unfortunately, there is
no golden egg, pillow or mattress as no one-size or type fits all. However, there are some guidelines which
should help steer you towards the right choice.
Pocket sprung, memory foam or both?
What type of mattress?
Pocket sprung, memory foam or a combination?
There is no hard and fast rule here, and there is nothing to
suggest one type is any better than the other, despite what the marketers will
tell you. Each have their own merits,
and personal preference has a large part to play. Some people find the memory foam mattresses
too hot, or uncomfortable, so there is no point opting for a mattress that
ultimately gives you a worse night’s sleep because of the way it feels.
mattresses come in a variety of designs, but broadly speaking the
greater the number of springs the better.
This is because to fit more spring in they must be smaller, so the
mattress is more responsive. There is no
such thing as an Orthopaedic mattress, this is a trade name, and not
descriptive of the properties of the mattress itself.
mattresses are also known as viscoelastic mattresses after the material
they are made from. Tempur are the best
known as they are the original. Once the
patent ran out, other manufacturers started making them, and there are many on
the market now.
of pocket sprung with a memory foam top / topper is also widely available. The thickness of the topper can vary, and
sometimes the memory foam can be part of the make-up of the mattress and there
will be a wool top layer.
The aim is to have your spine in a neutral position when you
are lying, so the mattress must accommodate your body shape. This image, courtesy of the European Bedding
Group, shows this nicely (same applies if you lie on your back). It also shows how important the pillow is in
maintaining a neutral neck – more about that below).
Each manufacturer has
their own way of measuring firmness, so it can be a bit of a task to compare
mattresses. How firm is again down to
personal preference combined with factors such as body shape and your
weight. How much of a difference is
there between your waist and hip measurements for instance? I read recently somewhere (*citation needed)
that if you weigh less than 70Kg then you don’t tend to have the weight
required to push a typical medium to firm mattress into shape (you won’t make
enough of an indent in it so that your hips and shoulders sink in, and so you
won’t be properly supported by the mattress in areas like your waist and low
back). The suggestion was that such
people should opt for a soft-medium mattress.
This could be true of some mattresses, but it isn’t a global rule
maybe. And again, personal preference
comes into it. I have a patient who has
fractured his pelvis twice and is full of metal plates and screws, but is only
comfortable of the firmest mattress he can buy.
Some manufacturers offer a money back guarantee / 100 day
trial, which could work for you, as long as you have space to store your old
mattress during the trial should you need to send the new mattress back. Also, it may be that you have to keep the
protective wrapping on the mattress during the trial, which may make the
mattress feel slightly different.
Memory foam or feather?
Again, each have their merits.
Memory foam pillows can be manufactured into curved shapes to help
support the shape of the head and neck.
To keep the neck neutral it is important to support the neck AND the
head. If, when lying on your side, you
can feel space between your neck and the pillow, you aren’t supporting your
neck. But again, some people hate memory
foam pillows and prefer feathers.
One or two
This depends on the breadth of your shoulders, the thickness
of the pillow(s) and how firm your mattress is.
If you are supporting your neck and head in a neutral position then you
are OK, be it with one or two pillows.
If you have broad shoulders and a firm mattress, you are going to need
more pillow “depth” and someone with narrow shoulders on a soft mattress (see
the image above).
So, after all of that, you can see there are a lot of
factors to consider. I haven’t been able
to provide any specific answers to any of the questions, but hopefully the
information here will help you make an informed decision. What I do say it try lots of different
mattresses (and spend at least 15 minutes on one before you decide to buy it,
because it can take a while to get a true feel for it). When trying a mattress, it is crucial that
you try it on the same sort of base you are going to use it on. If you have a sprung divan base, then there
is no point trying and mattress on a wooden slatted base.
Procrastination ? What is it? The dictionary definition
identifies it as’ the act or habit of putting something off’. Latin
pro- onward and crastinus – tomorrow.
Is it in your nature or part of your
personality, or is it a learned behaviour?
Or is it just laziness, lethargy and putting something off that you know
should be done now. We have probably all
done it and we all know how bad it can make us feel in the long term.
Procrastination can become is a habit. People effectively reward themselves by
relaxing before they have achieved anything. They will often delude themselves
that their life is under control and they can deal with it at any time or when
they feel ready. In the meantime, the
problem escalates and gets bigger and bigger. In the same way that people
smoke, drink and overeat, people procrastinate to give themselves comfort, or
to help them relax or give themselves a break.
Procrastination might start unwittingly maybe
when a person is under a huge amount of stress
– going through a life-changing event,
like illness, bereavement or divorce. In
relation, to what is going on in their lives, certain tasks or duties seem
trivial compared with what they, or their loves ones are going through. They may often give themselves permission to
let things slip. Other people and
authorities may also give them permission to let things slide because they have
a lot on their plate. Never-the-less, those tasks do need to be addressed, at
some point in the future.
We are now under a huge amount of pressure to
appear successful in what we do. Some
people do not necessarily want material success but they can still load
themselves with unwanted pressure until they cannot cope. A typical
procrastinator could have many responsibilities or duties but will often look
for more distractions from the tasks he/she should be dealing with and take on
more and more. Procrastination could even lead to depression for those who need
a sense of achievement.
So, what else can cause procrastination. It
could be caused by physical problems such as fatigue, stress, poor vision or
hearing or a physical inability or weakness.
It could be about our attitude – our view of
ourselves. Perhaps, wanting to avoid discomfort, or fear of failure and even
fear of success.
Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by our lack
of understanding or knowledge – particularly for technical tasks like building
a website or doing spreadsheets. We can be afraid of technology and interacting
and managing our lives online. We can imagine things are more difficult than
Many people do not consider that the
environment they live or work in could affect their productivity. Clutter, not
having the correct equipment/tools, poor organisation, slow computer, bad
lighting can all cause delay and exhaust us.
Lack of human contact/ motivation/support is
demotivating for many. People generally bounce off each other and stimulate
thoughts and ideas and activity. They can pace each other with their energy.
If you feel that it is hard to get things done
or achieve your goals and move forward in your life it is definitely worth
thinking about all these things.
Hypnotherapy is extremely motivational in helping people overcome
Procrastination. It can help you achieve
your goals and visualise positive and successful outcomes. It will help you
pace yourself and think about how you can improve the quality of your life and
enjoy it with a sense of fulfillment.