“There’s a huge link between sleep and mental health,” says sleep scientist Dr Sophie Bostock, who is currently working with the app Sleepio, which uses cognitive behavioural therapy to treat insomnia. According to Christopher Barnes, an associate professor at the University of Washington who focuses on tiredness in the workplace, lack of sleep affects the part of the brain used for managing emotions.
Australian personal trainer David Higgins knows how to sculpt an A-list physique. Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Samuel L. Jackson, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell are just some of his famous clients.
London is suffering from a collective post-holiday comedown, and we’re all snotty, skint and sun-deprived, and spring is months away. “Doing cardio in the morning improves your energy, appetite and mood for the whole day,” says Rhian Stephenson, former Canadian national athlete and CEO of Psycle London. It’s all about endorphins, says Stephenson.
If you didn't fancy doing Veganuary or Dry January, running a half marathon may have been on your New Year's resolution list for 2019. Don't be fooled by those smiley, oil-slicked gym bunnies - running a half marathon is no small feat, and if you've never taken on the challenge before, not knowing what to expect can be daunting. Here Cory Wharton-Malcom co-founder of Track Mafia and ultra-runner Matt Willcocks offer advice for the first-time half marathon runner.
Gynecologist Leah Millheiser explained the importance of looking after your vagina's microbiome to avoid infections, such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis, many of which she says are preventable, in a new Goop blog post. For those unfamiliar with the term, vaginal microbiome are the different bacteria and fungi that live in your vagina. Millheiser, who is the director of Stanford's female sexual medicine programme, explained that vaginal infections occur when the balance of your microbiome is upset.
Most people who regularly take epsom salts baths – including the queen of wellness herself, Gwyneth Paltrow – will tell you that it's one of the most enjoyable ways to de-stress after a long day. Paltrow once told Elle that epsom salts make up one of the "most low key" elements of her bedtime ritual: "I take a bath every night in regular epsom salts from the drug store Dr. Teal's, which is great for skin and purity of skin and relaxation to get all the energy of the day off," she told the magazine. Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulphate in crystal form, so it looks a lot like salt, but it actually has no sodium chloride.
A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General has found evidence to suggest that a lack of sleep really does make you an angrier person. Researchers from Iowa State University asked 142 participants to either maintain their normal sleep pattern or restrict it by between two and four hours over the course of two nights. "In general, anger was substantially higher for those who were sleep restricted," says study co-author Zlatan Krizan, professor of psychology at Iowa State.
Warming up before exercise is always important, but even more so when your muscles are at risk of becoming especially tight in low temperatures. Furthermore, you may need to invest in reflective clothing if running during the early or late hours so that drivers on the road are aware of your whereabouts. The Independent spoke to several experts for their top tips on running during winter.
Showing off their hard work, attention seeking or dying for validation - what is the motivation behind the current trend of celebrities and influencers baring it all in their social media posts?