Why Am Still Tired After 8 Hours or More Sleep Per Night?

Sleepy Man Cartoon (M)

Is this you? Are you doing everything that you know of to get a good night’s sleep yet are ready to flake out mid-day? Are you at your wit’s end as to why you never feel rested?

There may be hidden reasons for this that have nothing to do with how many hours you sleep per night:

  • Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea (or apnea) occurs when you snore and there is a transient cessation of respiration ~ in other words you stop breathing for a few seconds. It affects more women than you would imagine, especially women in peri-menopause. Studies suggest that the cause for this is lower levels of oestrogen. Apnoea cuts into restful sleep and also raises the risk of high blood pressure. This condition can be very dangerous to your overall health, so see your doctor if you suspect apnoea. Continue reading

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Hamba Kahle Madiba and Thank You!

MADIBA

South Africans are a Nation in Mourning this morning as we absorb the news that the Father of our Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, our Tata Madiba has finally completed his Long Walk to Freedom and has left this world and this nation the poorer.

Although we have all been expecting it for quite a while already, it is still rather unbelievable…

As tributes and condolences pour in across the media from all over the world, a nation hangs on to every word…

Sitting here at home watching television, listening to insights from various people, people speaking with grief in their voices, some in tears, but all in awe and love.

Watching people of all races, colours, creeds, ages and genders coming together outside his home in peace and love is an awesome sight. THIS is the South Africa that Madiba envisioned, not what we currently have. Continue reading

Childhood Cancers: Burkitt’s Lymphoma

Burkitt’s LymphomaLymphomas are cancers that develop when malignant cells infiltrate the lymphatic system.

Childhood Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) develops in the lymph system, which is an integral part of the body’s immune system.

The lymph system consists of:

  • Lymph: A watery substance that contains white blood cells (lymphocytes) that the body needs to fight infections and the growth of tumours
  • Lymph Vessels: This is a network of tubes that collect lymph from different parts of the body and returns it to the blood stream
  • Lymph Nodes: These are small structures that look like beans which store the white blood cells that help the body to fight disease and infection. They are located all along the network of the lymph vessels and are mainly found in the abdomen, neck, pelvis, groin and the underarm.
  • Bone Marrow: This is the soft spongy tissue located in the centre of the large bones of the body; it makes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets
  • The Spleen: The spleen is an organ located on the left side of the abdomen near the stomach; it filters the blood, makes lymphocytes, stores blood cells and destroys old blood cells
  • The Thymus: The thymus is an organ in the chest, behind the breastbone, in which lymphocytes grow and multiply
  • The Tonsils: These are two small masses of lymph tissue found at the back of the throat that manufacture lymphocytes

A malignancy in the lymph system can spread very quickly throughout the rest of the body. Continue reading