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S L E E P I N G B E AU T Y

Tired g
of feelin
tired?

BIOCARE
METHYL B COMPLEX
B vitamins 2, 3, 5, 6
and 12 all contribute to
a reduction in tiredness
biocare.co.uk

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As a result, 87% of us lack energy, are fatigued
and suffer general tiredness*; one in five feel
unusually tired (according to the NHS) and one in
10 suffers prolonged fatigue**. And it gets worse. As
a result of being frazzled, we don't sleep properly:
the average UK worker clocks an extra 24 days
overtime a year to stay on top of their workload,
while three in five (63%) say working outside of
hours affects their ability to sleep***.

FLAT OUT

The response for many of us (including this writer) is
to guzzle another flat white; small wonder the coffee
industry keeps booming (sales in the sector increased
by 7.3 per cent to £9.6 billion in 2017 and we are now
a nation powered by coffee). However, you're only
papering over the cracks. Alex adds: "Masking the
underlying exhaustion will only make it worse. By
discovering and acknowledging what is really going
on, we can meet it head on. 
"When it comes to intervention, a skilled
TECH WARS
nutritional therapist is crucial, as is
However, it's important to not play
ROAD R AGE
the victim card. To wildly misquote
Almost 20% of major someone such as a psychotherapist
or life coach who can help us
Robin Williams' Sean Maguire
road accidents
understand how to calm our system,
1997 weepie Good Will Hunting:
are sleep-related,
with males under
better manage emotions, and address
"It might be your fault." Especially
30 having the
our wider lifestyle if being out of
when it comes to smartphones,
highest risk of
balance is a part of the problem."
consoles, tablets and computers.
falling asleep at
You can also drastically change
"With modern technology keeping
the wheel
your diet, as clinical pharmacist Mike
us connected 24/7, we believe we
Wakeman explains. "Even a marginal iron
should be 'on' from the minute we wake
deficiency can make you feel tired and 'lacklustre'
up to the minute we go to sleep, which itself is often
and this is particularly common in women. Make
later than it should be," adds Howard. "The body
sure you're eating red meat, or fortified foods if you're
needs time to rest, time to recharge and it needs us
vegetarian, plus eggs, pulses, beans, nuts and seeds.
to take care of it. If we are living our life in balance,
Iron is better absorbed if eaten with vitamin C, so a
we should have good energy most of the time. If
small glass of orange juice with your morning eggs
not, something needs to change. That change can
will be extra effective."
only start with us."
If you've tried all of this and more and there's still
And that is the brutal truth: only we can make
an issue, Alex believes you should consult your GP.
it better, which is easier said than done. If your
You could have CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) or
boss has demanded you stay until 9pm again,
ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), of which the UK has
you asking for beddy-byes could see you ushered
towards the door (or so you think, in your paranoid around 250,000 sufferers. "It's normal to go through
periods of life where we feel more depleted than
over-tired state). However, it's in an employers'
others, particularly when life has been especially
interests to protect its work force, as the UK
demanding, but these should pass," says Alex. "To
economy loses a whopping £40 billion a year as a
meet the diagnostic criteria of CFS you need to have
result of sleep deprivation. "Fatigue is the body's
shown signs of consistent fatigue for a period of
way of telling us it needs rest," explains Alex. "Yes,
more than six months. However, you should not
you may feel work responsibilities are more
wait this long to talk to your doctor or a suitable
important, that our children need us and we need
medical professional."
to be there for everyone; but ultimately, just like
And, as Alex says: "I've never heard of anyone
having to put on our own oxygen mask first when
an aeroplane is going down, if we don't take care of regretting going to the doctor and getting a medical
issue resolved. I've certainly heard the opposite." B
our own health, we can't be there for others."

A FAB FIVE FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST FATIGUE

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Alcohol impairs sleep quality.
This non-alcoholic spirit works
brilliantly in cocktails
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ORGANICO WILD
ALASKAN SALMON
Our versatile fishy friend is
packed with omega-3 fatty
acid, great at fighting fatigue
fish4ever.co.uk

July 2018 BA LA N CE

FORM SUPERBLEND
PROTEIN
Plant-based protein helps
you be at your best mentally
and physically each day
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NATURE'S WAY
BLADDERWRACK
The 0.04% of iodine in
these caps is excellent
for thyroid function
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