Seniors Health

Too hot to sleep? 10 ways to beat the heat and sleep soundly

Sunshine is vital for our health. The main benefit of sunlight is in producing Vitamin D which helps us metabolise calcium that is needed to build healthy bones. It also helps prevent SAD. However, these positive effects can quickly become undone when we can’t sleep because of the heat and humidity.

Most scientists agree that, in general, a cool room helps you to get to sleep easier. Some suggest that, if you are sleeping in temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees C) you will wake up.

Shingles

What is Shingles?

A very unpleasant condition or a viral condition that affects around one in five of us. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox — varicella zoster, which is one of the herpes family of viruses.

It can be so excruciating because the virus attacks the nerves. For many people, particularly those under 50, shingles — characterised by a painful and itchy rash — is over within a week or so. And that is probably the last that you will see of it.

High blood pressure

What does high blood pressure mean?

Your blood pressure is the force exerted on your blood vessels by the blood inside them. High blood pressure is a fact of life for one in three of us and affects people of any age, though more commonly the over- forties.

As we get older, or contract arterial disease, this force increases because our blood vessels lose their elasticity. The vessels become narrower but the same amount of blood tries to get through.

Gout

What is gout?

There is a myth that gout is a condition limited to corpulent older men with a penchant for port and red meat. It isn’t.

Gout is a common and excruciating form of arthritis that affects men of all ages. Women can get it too, usually after the menopause. A doctor with 2,000 patients on his list is likely to have 17 replique montre men and three women with gout.

Osteoarthritis overview

Explained – what is it and what causes it?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.[1] Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints of the body so that they are painful and swollen, with redness and warmth of the overlying skin and a reduced range of motion.

Osteoarthritis affects a type of joint called the synovial joints and is characterised by:[1-3]

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