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How much sleep do children need?

Below are the approximate hours of sleep needed by children of different ages, as recommended by the Millpond Children's Sleep Clinic. 1 week daytime: 8 hours  night time: 8 hours 30 minutes 4 weeks daytime: 6 to 7 hours night time: 8 to 9 hours 3 months  daytime:…

How to beat jet lag

Jet lag refers to disturbed sleep patterns, weakness and disorientation caused by travelling. It happens when your normal body clock is disrupted by travelling through several time zones. Jet lag is worse when you move from west to east because the body finds it harder to adapt to…

How to cut down on sugar in your diet

We Britons really do eat too much sugar: 700g of the sweet stuff a week. That's an average of 140 teaspoons per person. Added sugars, such as table sugar, honey and syrups, shouldn't make up more than 5% of the energy you get from food and drink each day.…

How to diet

Low carb, the 5:2 diet, detox, cabbage soup ... there is no shortage of novelty diet programmes promising to help you lose weight fast. The big question is, do they work? Most do lead to fast - sometimes dramatic - weight loss, but only for the pounds…

How to eat less saturated fat

Practical tips to help you eat less fat, including saturated fat. Eating lots of saturated fat can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease.  Saturated fat is found in: butter, ghee, suet, lard, coconut oil and palm oil  cakes  biscuits fatty cuts of meat sausages  bacon cured…

How to get more fibre into your diet

Most of us need to eat more fibre and have fewer added sugars in our diet. Eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Government guidelines published in July 2015 say that our dietary…

How to get NHS help for your pain

If you've been struggling with pain for more than 12 weeks, there are many services that can help. Long-term pain has many causes, such as arthritis, back problems, an old injury, illness or nerve damage. Contact your GP Your first stop should be your GP so you…

How to get to sleep

If you have difficulty falling asleep, a regular bedtime routine will help you wind down and prepare for bed. Few people manage to stick to strict bedtime routines. This isn't much of a problem for most people, but for insomniacs, irregular sleeping hours are unhelpful. Your routine depends…

How to get vitamin D from sunlight

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, and in the UK from around late March/early April to the end of September we get most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure. Find out how to get enough without risking sun damage. We need vitamin D to help…

How to improve your strength and flexibility

Strength and flexibility exercises will help you increase muscle strength, maintain bone density, improve balance and reduce joint pain. What are strength exercises? A strength exercise is any activity that makes your muscles work harder than usual. This increases your muscles' strength, size, power and…
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