In today’s podcast episode, we’re talking all things chrononutrition with Dr Jonathan Johnston from the University of Surrey, in the United Kingdom. Dr Johnston is a world expert and researcher in the field of chrononutrition, and has led many studies looking at the links between circadian, metabolic and nutritional physiology including the analysis of timed meal effects on the human circadian system.
This topic of chrononutrition is particularly relevant for shift workers given when we work irregular hours or 24/7, we tend to eat 24/7 however the way in which your body digests and processes food, depends on what time of day that you eat it.
This week’s podcast I’m talking all things fatigue, and how to reduce it without relying on pills, potions, and stimulants such as energy drinks.
To do this, I discuss how to optimise our circadian rhythms or natural sleep/wake cycle using circadian medicine strategies because the single most common cause of fatigue for shift workers, is a disrupted circadian rhythm or “body clock”.
By implementing circadian medicine strategies such as working with specific circadian “cues” or disruptors, otherwise known as Zeitgebers, that can either send messages to our brain to be in ENERGY MODE, or alternatively make us feel tired and go into SLEEP MODE, it helps the body to transition from night to day (and vice versa) as quickly as possible as a result of shift rotations.
After many years of writing on and off, my new book – ‘Too Tired To Cook: The Shift Worker’s Guide To Working (and Surviving) In A 24/7 World’ has finally hit the stores of global online book retailers, along with being distributed within bookstores around Australia.
In this podcast episode, tune in to hear all about the book, why I wrote it and what it’s all about – along with some of the 5-star reviews and feedback from people who have already read it since it was first launched just a few short weeks ago.
One thing I do want to make mention is that this book is written very much from the heart, as my soul intention for writing it was to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of some of the most misunderstood people on the planet – those being shift workers.
When it comes to our health, there are many pillars, but none is more important than sleep – especially if you work 24/7!
So in today’s podcast, we’re talking with Dr Carmel Harrington who holds a PhD in Sleep Medicine from Sydney University, along with yoga instructor veteran Jennie Blevins on how a regular practice of yoga can be one of the best ways to foster better sleep.
In this episode we discuss:
Why sleep is incredibly important for our health, yet many of us are not respecting it
What areas of our health become affected by lack of sleep
Why we need to be preserving, protecting and prioritizing our sleep as our life depends on it – because it quite literally does!
How using yoga to support the nervous system can assist the body in drifting off to sleep
Two yoga poses that are great to do prior to sleep to help reduce anxiety, switch off a racing mind, and calm a frazzled nervous system
How to use yoga, movement and certain breathing practices to improve alertness and energy
Today we’re chatting with Dr Peta Stapleton who is a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist and an Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University here in Australia. She is a world-leading researcher in EFT – which is short for Emotional Freedom Technique (otherwise known as tapping) and led a world-first randomized clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of EFT on food cravings in overweight and obese adults.
In this entertaining podcast (Peta has a great sense of humour!) we talk all things:
What exactly is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping, and how does it work?
How EFT helps to reduce stress hormone levels and support our nervous system on a biochemical level
The incredible statistics showing how fast it works to help those suffering from conditions such as anxiety and PTSD
Results from her clinical trial showing how it helps to reduce food cravings – and yes, this does include a chocolate muffin!
How it can be used to improve anxiety-related sleepissues such as sleep onset and reduce intermittent awakenings