Tag Archive: Body Clock

Sleep It Off

Sleep It Off

New research shows that sleep significantly influences metabolism, appetite and weight management. Could getting more shuteye help you ward off excess pounds? When I was in college, I often began my homework at midnight. Nothing seemed to focus my thoughts on a term paper better than a morning deadline. I knew this routine wasn’t a wise one — after all, I might crash facedown in my textbook. But I told myself that adrenaline improved my writing. Besides, I figured I was losing weight on those nights with only four hours of sleep. I assumed that all that effort to stay awake and functional had to be zapping away the day’s calories. Turns out that I was greatly mistaken.

9 Ways to Send Jet-Lag Packing

9 Ways to Send Jet-Lag Packing

Summertime is here and that means soon, many of us may be travelling. Whether you’re headed off to see relatives out west or the sights in Italy, jet lag is often an unwelcome part of our travel baggage. As a frequent long-haul flier myself, jetting back and forth to see loved ones in my native South Africa (14 hours door-to-door), I often have to remind myself – and my frequent flier patients – that jet-lag is simply the body’s way of saying our circadian rhythms are out of sync with the places we wind up. As inconvenient as jet lag may be, the good news is that it doesn’t have to interfere with your travels. With a little planning and a few smart moves before, during and after your trip, you can ease your body into where ever life takes you.