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Lack of sleep damaging mental health of children

A leading psychologist is calling for British children to get more sleep after research has revealed their mental health could be seriously impacted by getting less than the recommended 10 hours a night.

The importance of Sleep

The new research from bedmaker Silentnight and the University of Leeds, found that 36 per cent of primary school age children get eight hours or less sleep a night and a worrying 15 per cent are getting as little as seven hours or less a night; and psychologist Dr Anna Weighall from the University of Leeds, believes levels this low could be dramatically impacting children’s ability to function in day to day life.

The comments from Dr Weighall come during Children’s Mental Health Week (6th – 12 February) which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health and get children talking about complex feelings. She says: “Our research, carried out in conjunction with Silentnight, shows a strong relationship between poor sleep and reduced health related quality of life.

“Mental ill health can have a negative impact on sleep, likewise, poor sleep patterns can make mental health issues worse. I certainly think that lack of sleep can make mental health issues worse.”

Previous studies* show that 90 per cent of children with major depression have some kind of sleep problem — with more than one half of insomnia cases related to depression, anxiety or psychological stress. Poor sleep is also common in disorders like ADHD and autism.

In the short term, those struggling with sleep are more likely to be irritable and lacking in concentration, something that also impacts academic development, causing problems paying attention in class and keeping up with school work, as well as causing children to end up missing school because they feel unwell. It can also affect emotional regulation, which can affect peer relationships too.

Sleep deprivation decreases the efficiency of something called ‘top-down inhibition’ which enables children to control and regulate their behaviour. This behaviour has been shown to limit the functioning of the emotional processing at the centre of the brain (the amygdala) which explains the effects of lack of sleep on mood and emotion.

The research from the University of Leeds and Silentnight found that among concerns keeping children awake at night were worries about bullying and worries about homework, with one in six parents saying their children’s sleep has been affected by bullying,

Essentially, lack of sleep lowers the threshold at which we will experience an event as stressful.

The healthiest approach if your child is suffering from anxiety or feeling low is to try and establish a regular bedtime routine, ensuring they rise at the same time every day. When people suffer from anxiety or stress their sleep patterns can be compromised. This, Dr Anna Weighall argues, is when children need those precious 10 hours that the NHS recommends.

*www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/sleep-and-mental-health

For more on Silent Night, visit HERE

A Pawfect surprise for your trip with your Pooch

Guests travelling from far and near with their furry four legged friends can delight in the comfort of British luxury when checking into the celebrated Mandarin Orientalfive-star hotel. Pooches can now relax in cosy, stylish dog beds and enjoy many other selected accessories to make their stay as enjoyable as their owners!

Pawfect Hotel Stays for Pooch

Priced from £600, the ‘Pawfect Package’ includes:

– Sand Shetland Wool Cocoon bed by Teddy Maximus
– Shetland Wool Luxury Lounging Cushion by Teddy Maximus
– Ceramic Food and Drink Bowls
– Sand Shetland Wool Toy Bone by Teddy Maximus to take home
– Shetland Wool neckerchief by Teddy Maximus to take home
– ‘The Otis’ Lead by Teddy Maximus (gifted when booking a suite)

For more information visit www.teddymaximus.com
And to book your next Pawfect Package, visit www.mandarianoriental.com

Last minute Flight deals for Valentines Escapes

Skyscanner has uncovered some great European destinations you can visit in a day for a last minute Valentines Romantic Escape. For those looking for ways to ‘woo’ that someone special on their first date, Skyscanner.net has trawled their site to find the ideal European destinations you can visit in a day to create the best first date ever.

Valentines Day Escapes

So whether you want to escape with your loved one, or you have a broken heart and just want to escape the Valentines Day mayhem – check these deals out

Hayley Shearer, growth manager from Skyscanner comments

“Whether you’re looking for that ideal first date, or somewhere special to ‘pop the question’ there are a number of routes to European destinations that you can visit in a day and some from as little as £41 per person. The key to making sure you get the most out of the trip is to plan ahead. Do your research, find out your most preferred method of transport from the airport to the city centre, decide on the key attractions or exhibits you wish to see, book tickets if necessary. If you can’t find a destination to visit in a day from your nearest airport, try selecting the nearby airport tool, you might even find you can save money.”

For those wanting to create the ideal Valentines date here are some destinations you can visit in a day on 14th February:

London to Toulouse

14th February

Departing London Stansted at 07:15 and returning at 22:15

£41 per person

Toulouse made Skyscanner’s 2018 travel destinations this year. check this out

London to Amsterdam, Netherlands

14th February

Departing London Luton at 06:35 and returning at 21:05

£80 per person
Top 15 attractions and things to do in Amsterdam

London to Copenhagen, Denmark

14th February

Departing London Gatwick at 06:55 and returning at 20:40

£74 per person

Best things to do in Copenhagen on a budget

For those in relationships that are already flourishing and want to find visit some romantic destinations for longer than a day then check this out

Yo Sushi are hosting Half Term Classes

Following the great success of their previous holiday classes, YO!, the Japanese street food and sushi restaurant, are relaunching their popular ‘Mini Ninja Sushi School’ for February half-term. The classes give kids the chance to be creative with food, using fun facts and characters to provide a fresh way to keep them entertained over the half term break.

Yo Sushi Half Term Classes

The Mini Ninjas will be taken through three recipes during the hour-long class: Cucumber Maki, Salmon Nigiri and California rolls (with additional veggie options available). A YO! chef will be on hand to help whilst kids make their own sushi, learn how to eat with chopsticks and discover a new and exciting cuisine.

After completing the class, budding chefs will receive: A Mini Ninja certificate, their very own chef’s hat and a special YO! bag to take home. All the dishes made on the day can also be packaged up to take away so parents can sample their children’s sushi creations too.

Classes will be available in over 50 restaurants across the UK, hosted on a Thursday at 11am between 12th – 23rd February, dependant on half term dates. At just £15 per child, parents won’t want to miss the chance for their kids to master the art of Japanese sushi making this half term break!

To purchase, please visit: yosushi.com/mini-ninja

Terms & Conditions

Classes are available to book online at yosushi.com/mini-ninja at 11am hosted on Thursday between 12th – 23rd February (classes will run for an hour).

Only available at restaurants listed below, they must be pre-booked online and will be priced at £15 per class, per child.

Pop-Up Fitness Class in Dublin, Feb 24th

Fearless Moves is a new fitness event in Dublin featuring music, a DJ, an amazing instructor and most importantly, delicious food post workout session. The founders of Fearless want getting fit to be fun and social and not pure torture, and their next event will take place in the Bernard Shaw on 24th Feb at 10am. We’ll be there ready to rock out to some banging tunes whilst we work up a sweat so why not join us?

Fearless Moves

The class will be a HIIT class with Jenni TRX hosting, along with Sarah Byrne (of Mother fame) on the decks playing a 90’s theme remix. A healthy brunch will be served afterwards.

Fearless Moves promotes healthy attitudes to all things including fitness. They recognise health and wellbeing takes effort but that effort does not need to be monotonous or boring.

Fearless Moves acknowledges the great benefits exercise can bring to an individual covering a multitude of things from fitness to improved mental wellness. They endeavour to help people make fearless moves towards a happy, healthy life style.

For more information in the lead up to the event follow Fearless Moves on Instagram @fearless.moves.

Tickets are on sale though EventBrite and are now available.

Afternoon Tea in Baths finest hotel

Bath is possibly one of the most picturesque cities in the UK, and the home of our favourite writer Jane Austen and of course is known for its Roman Baths. So it makes for the perfect relaxing weekend away from the madding crowd! Now it has an added string to its bow, the award-winning Head Chef Dan Moon at the five star Gainsborough Bath Spa has created four themed afternoon teas to run throughout the year – each more magnificent than the next.

Afternoon Tea at The Gainsborough

In addition to the classic staples like freshly baked scones and finger sandwiches, guests can expect to see a little drama at their table, with eye-catching cakes and other sweet treats vying for your attention. The themed afternoon teas will cost £30 per person (or £46 with a glass of Champagne).


Easter Afternoon Tea

This light-hearted afternoon tea is full of the joys of Spring. Amongst other delights, you can nibble a Bunny Macaroon and tuck into an Edible Garden Pot.

Served 26th March to 1st April 2018

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea

Love all! That is, you’ll “love all” the cakes on the plate at this tennis themed afternoon tea, from the Pistachio Eclairs to the Pimms Jelly. Mr Murray to serve!

Served 2nd to 15th July 2018

Afternoon Tea


Georgian Afternoon Tea

Celebrate all things Regency during the Jane Austen festival, by tucking into our opulent Georgian Afternoon Tea. Wash down traditional lavender biscuits with a ‘shot’ of spiced hot chocolate – just as the Georgians used to make it.

Served 14th to 23rd September 2018

The Gainsborough Hotel, Bath

Festive Afternoon Tea

As Christmas approaches, we give our classic afternoon teas a Christmassy twist to keep you feeling festive. The perfect treat, whether you need a break from gift shopping or just want to catch up with friends and family.

Served 23rd November to 23rd December 2018

Guests can book their classic or themed afternoon tea today on 01225 358 888.

Quirky afternoon teas aren’t the only thing Head Chef Dan Moon has up his wizarding culinary sleeve for 2018. The award-winning Head Chef, who led the eponymous Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant to achieve three AA Rosettes last year, likes to keep diners on their toes with regular menu changes, promotions and events.

To book log onto The Gainsborough Hotel website HERE

New Nutrition App for Vegans

As the last day of Veganuary, the month-long plant-based diet challenge, comes into view The Vegan Society is pleased to announce the launch of a tool that can help participants continue their transition.

VNutrition

The charity has released a handy nutrition app designed to help vegans hit their nutritional targets every day by providing an easy-to-use checklist and personalised tips.

VNutrition

VNutrition is aimed at new vegans, those trying out veganism or those who want to assess the quality of a well-established vegan diet.

It was developed by the charity’s in-house Dietitian Heather Russell, who specialises in vegan nutrition and is the only registered dietitian employed by a vegan organisation in the UK.

VNutrition App

Heather Russell, Dietitian at The Vegan Society, said: “The Vegan Society is striving to provide high quality and accessible information about nutrition, and I’m delighted to have been involved in developing VNutrition.

“Our alliance with the British Dietetic Association shows just how committed we are to providing reliable education about vegan nutrition and sharing the message that well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages.

“The app is based on UK guidelines about healthy eating and the best available evidence around vegan nutrition, and we hope it will help a large number of vegans and the vegan-curious.”

VNutrition, which is the first vegan app created by a registered dietitian, features handy hints and colourful illustrations that bring to life the basic principles of vegan nutrition, helping users to learn about portion sizes, getting their 5-a-day, hitting their targets for protein, calcium and omega-3 fat, and ensuring appropriate supplementation.

A simple checklist enables users to assess their nutritional intake, and a progress graph and personalised tips help them to identify areas for improvement.

VNutrition can be downloaded on Google Play and iTunes now.

Visit www.vegansociety.com for more information.

A luxury Retreat in France at Crillon Le Brave

Hotel Crillon le Brave is the ideal base to enjoy a romantic retreat in Provence. Best known for its beautiful countryside and amazing food their packages for two allow couples to explore the stunning vineyards, relax at the cosy Spa des Ecuries and discover the seasonal specialities on offer at restaurant Jérôme Blanchet.

A Romantic Retreat

Crillon for two

The perfect package for couples at Crillon le Brave begins with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, chilled bottle of Champagne and a small gift upon arrival. Guests can explore the stunning surrounding vineyards and olive groves on state-of-the-art co-motion tandem bicycles to find the perfect spot for a picnic for two with Provencal treats and a bottle of local rosé wine. Following the days ride, couples are treated to a well-deserved 60-minute massage at the Spa des Ecuries. The day of romance will finish off with dinner for two prepared by head chef Jérôme Blanchet. The menu de saison will be served on either the main terrace overlooking the Mont Ventoux or in the stone vaulted dining room.

Rates for The Crillon for Two package begin at €830 for two people sharing a classic room.

Crillon Le Brave

Spa for two

Couples will be greeted with a bottle of champagne upon arrival, along with a Bamford gift waiting in the duos preferred accommodation. The main event of this experience is a two-hour Bamford signature massage and facial which takes place in the cosy Spa des Ecuries in the restored 18th century stables of the village and can be experienced in the double cabin to make the occasion more romantic. The Spa for Two package includes a romantic dinner served either at Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet or can be enjoyed on the terraces overlooking Mont Ventoux.

Rates for the Spa for Two package begin at €880 for two people sharing a classic room.

Foodie Getaways


Gourmet Getaway for two

Couples with a love for food can experience Provence’s rich abundance of flavours and the seasonal specialities that talented chef Jérôme Blanchet and team will create. Couples experiencing the Gourmet Getaway for Two package will be greeted with a bottle of Champagne and selection of small regional delicacies. Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet will then prepare a seven-course tasting menu, accompanied with wine pairings from chief sommelier Benoit Liébus. Guests booked into a master suite have the option of enjoying an intimate candlelit dinner on a private terrace.

Rates for the Gourmet Getaway for Two package begin at €770 for two people sharing a classic room.

Nightly rates at Crillon le Brave are available from €340/£296 per room per night for two people sharing a classic room, including breakfast.

To book, email reservations@crillonlebrave.com, or telephone +33 (04) 90 65 61 61; www.crillonlebrave.com

*Prices in Pounds Sterling correct to today’s exchange rate

A luxury holiday in South Africa

MOONDANCE villa in Cape Town has opened for exclusive-use bookings. The exquisite, multi-levelled architectural masterpiece sleeps 8 guests and offers complete privacy complete with panoramic seascapes across the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. Set in a premier location, close to the city and beaches, the villa is available for exclusive-use private rentals. Peak season rates are ZAR130 000 per night, whilst low season rates are available from ZAR65 000 per night – inclusive of Butler service, full breakfast and stocked bars on check-in.

Moondance Villa

I think this villa is the perfect location for a wellbeing retreat or a bootcamp class, so watch this space for upcoming dates!

Designed by Stefan Antoni, world-renowned, Capetonian architect, MOONDANCE is located at the foothills of Lions Head in the most exclusive part of wind-free Fresnaye. With bold, dramatic architectural features that include a statement staircase and private lift above an indoor water feature, the villa is decorated with the finest finishes and top quality furniture throughout. The open-plan design of the living and entertainment areas inter-connects several lounges, bar areas, the dining room and living rooms on the ground floor – leading to spacious terraces with BBQ areas, water features and Koi ponds, as well as a rim-flow swimming pool. Decorated with contemporary South African art, the villa boasts an under-pool bar, in addition to a Smart Lounge and a Cinema Room.

Moondance Villa

The villa is home to the largest private gym on the Atlantic seaboard, professionally equipped with an on-site steam room and Technogym equipment. Four en-suite bedrooms are luxuriously finished to the highest of standards, including a magnificent master suite of 260m², with walk-in closets, a private lounge and kitchenette.

Moondance Villa

A manicured, verdant secret garden showcases a formal olive grove of 60-year old olive trees, lining a magical and secluded entertainment space paved in traditional Cape Dutch Klompie clay bricks to present the perfect setting for a champagne brunch celebration or a fairy-lit, outdoor dinner party.

www.50moondance.com

Competition Closed: Win tickets to Dancing with the Stars

Congratulations to our winners Judith and Liliana who are heading to Dancing with the Stars Ireland tonight. For more, check out our Facebook page @wellclik

Its only just started but we’re already hooked on Dancing with the Stars Ireland on RTE. All of our favourite stars have taken to the stage to show us their fancy footwork and we can’t get enough of it. And they’ve shown us that Dancing can be one of the most enjoyable fitness exercises to take up as a hobbie!

Dancing with the Stars sponsored by Müller

Will it be Marty Morrissey’s Jive that wins in the end, or will Alannah Beirne dazzle us all with her Waltz. So far it looks like All- Ireland Camogie winner Anna Geary is a very strong contender, but Irish Olympian Rob Heffernan is also showing strong form so its all still up for grabs.

We have a very special competition this week for Dancing with the Stars Fans – a pair of tickets to the show for you and a friend, where you can sit amongst the friends and family of your favourite performers.

To be in with a chance to WIN all you have to do is answer this simple question:
Q:
Which of the stars has a famous MMA Champion brother?
Is it
A: Deirdre O’Kane?
B: Erin McGregor?
C: Jake Carter?

To enter, LIKE and SHARE this competition post on our Facebook page, and add your answer in the COMMENTS section

For a little clue, visit the RTE website HERE

Müller are proud partners

Müller are proud partners of Dancing With The Stars encouraging family fun with the show. Keep an eye out for their idents shown during the show from January – March.

TICKETS ARE FOR DATES:
1ST PRIZE IS TICKETS TO THE SHOW ON 18TH FEBRUARY
2ND PRIZE IS TICKETS TO THE SHOW ON 25TH FEBRUARY

T&C’s:
VIP tickets each week where you will be sat with the friends and family of the stars
Audience arrival time on the Sunday 4:15pm, audience will be seated at 5pm before our pre- recorded group dance. The live show is then filmed from 6:30pm- 8:30PM. So audience will be needed at Ardmore Film Factory from 4:15pm- 8:30pm in total. All Audience members must be 14 + years. Promoter of this competition is RTE.