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"Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?"

Dale Carnegie
1888-1955, Author and Trainer

Having some pressure and challenges in your life is normal and healthy, but too much stress can be damaging.

Stress affects virtually everyone at some time in their life. As well as the emotional and psychological disruption it causes, stress-related medical problems are becoming increasingly common.

In today’s fast-paced world, work and personal demands on our time are unavoidable. Dealing with day-to-day stress is a norm and although a certain amount of stress will trigger our body’s “fight-or-flight” response to give us the extra ‘energy’ we need to flee or defend ourselves against danger (in today’s world for example, caring for a sick child or sealing that business deal), too much (as with most things) can cause health problems, impair performance and creativity. 

Stress is one of the main factors contributing to the state of your health (along with physical and nutritional balance and wellbeing).  It is estimated that up to 90% of visits to primary health care providers are due to stress-related ailments.

What causes stress?

Stress causes can be divided into three broad categories²:

  • Frustrations – Frustrations are obstacles that prevent you from meeting your needs or achieving personal goals.
  • Conflicts – Stressors involving two or more incompatible needs or goals are known as conflicts. 
  • Pressures – Stress can stem from the expectations of others or the demands you place on yourself.

Many things (or the anticipation of them) can lead to stress:

  • Pressure to perform at work, at school or in sports
  • Threats of physical violence 
  • Money worries 
  • Arguments 
  • Family conflicts 
  • Divorce 
  • Bereavement 
  • Unemployment 
  • Moving house 
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

Sometimes, there is no particular reason for developing stress, or it arises out of a series of minor irritations.1

1 - UK



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Travelling for work and living out of Hotels may not be as exotic as it sounds, especially for the frequent business traveler. For Functional, as a leading Corporate Health & Well-being provider, a large number of the people we deal with are frequent travelers and time after time I hear the same complaints.

REM - Rapid Eye Movement REM sleep is the sleep stage in which dreaming occurs. When you enter into REM sleep, your breathing becomes fast, irregular and shallow. Your eyes will move rapidly and your muscles become immobile. Heart rate and blood pressure increase. About 20 percent of sleep is REM sleep for adults.

REM sleep is also the phase of sleep in which you dream. This sleep phase begins about 70 to 90 minutes after you fall asleep. The first sleep cycle has a shorter phase of REM sleep. Toward morning, the time spent in REM sleep increases and the deep sleep stages decrease.

Researchers do not fully understand REM sleep and dreaming. They know it is important in the creation of long-term memories. If a persons REM sleep is disrupted, the next sleep cycle does not follow the normal order, but often goes directly to REM sleep until the previous nights lost REM time is made up.

Sleep well!
Tired But Wired.....

Do you often wake up at 3am ‘tired, but wired’, head spinning with the magnitude of life problems and obstacles (stress)? Then take hours to get back to sleep, well, just in time for your alarm to go off, and wake you from a deep slumber.

Lack of sleep has its own devastating cascade of effects on the body. Feeling tired and stressed out about being tired can create a vicious, unending cycle.

The “tired but wired” phenomenon is something, we often do not publically talk about. But it effects many of us in this fast paced society we live in.