Monthly Archives: Mar 2017


Why getting 8 hours sleep is only half the story

You do need about 8 hours sleep a night, BUT…

You’ve heard the traditional advice that if you want to feel rested, refreshed and raring to go in the morning you need 8 hours sleep a night, give or take a bit. Plonk yourself down in bed at night, close your eyes, and voila, 8 hours or so later you’re as good as new. Or not.

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5 Steps to the best night’s sleep ever

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In my last article I talked about the concept of quality over quantity in relation to sleep. Both are important, of course, but too many people focus purely on how many hours of sleep they get or don’t get each night. And then wonder why they still feel tired and uninspired the next morning. Even if they did get 8 hours sleep the night before.

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Is pole dancing the new retirement sport?

When I told my partner how inspired I was by this video, his first response was ‘where do you want the pole?’

Greta Pontarelli is 66 and killing it!

She is able to carry out these moves on a skinny, slippery pole, at the age of 66 – that is an amazing achievement.

This incredible performance immediately makes me want to step up my own fitness level. After all, if someone else can do it, why can’t I?

Pole dancing as a retirement sport?

I considered putting pole dancing skills on the bucket list. Imagine the fun you could have showing off in a retirement home. Beats watching television, anytime:)

Maybe one day. For now, I decided to watch it for motivational, rather than aspirational, reasons.

I am happy that when I watch Greta’s performance it gives me the motivation to go to the gym. As impressive as it would be to be able to pull off these moves at my age, feeling inspired is good enough for now.

For other ways to keep yourself young, check this out how to grow younger in your sleep.

Here is one of Greta Pontarelli’s routines on the pole. Grace on a stick.



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How to grow younger in your sleep

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How much of an impact do you think sleep has on the rest of your life?

If you are thinking, yes, I get it, sleep is a significant issue, but I’ve got more important things to worry about – go to the back of the class. Sleep is not just something your body does on auto-pilot. You need the best possible night’s sleep to be the best possible version of you. Simple. To be productive, to lose weight, to be happier, to have more energy, to be more successful………for all of this, sleep is vital.

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