A water cooler conversation
Every day deserves to be a day of recognition, celebration and/or awareness of worthy causes. Today, the 21st of June 2018, we get to know our fearless leader, Dr Adam Fletcher, a little more – over an espresso or two (or red wine) – with questions relating to today’s international recognition days and their link with fatigue and sleep.
International Yoga Day
What role do you believe Yoga has in Fatigue Management?
“I can only speak from my personal experience on that question. I have been practicing yoga on a weekly basis for about 7 years, and it has definitely helped me manage stress in my body and mind as well as improve my sleep.”
What relaxation techniques can be used for sleep, fatigue, etc?
“There is a large and growing set of scientific/medical research papers on this question. Some relations techniques require more discipline, and some are quite simple, which is what I personally lean towards. When I am trying to sleep, I simply focus on my breath, and don’t force anything but just let the breath happen.”
World Music Day, also known as Make Music Day
What music do you like to listen to when you are winding down?
“The only time I really listen to calming, classical music is when I am about to sleep; mainly just on a digital classical radio station.”
What music do you listen to, to keep yourself awake?
“Having looked at a variety of research on this topic I am not convinced that music can help a person stay awake for any sustained period. However, I do have different music choices for different types of tasks. Sometimes heavy rock for getting a report done, dance music for processing data and doing analyses and Jazz for reflectively working on strategic questions.”
What are the long-term effects of less natural light exposure, and the reverse?
“That’s a very difficult question to answer, and maybe impossible. That’s because there are so many effects of light (or lack of it). Without being too wordy, I’d say having a healthy sleep pattern depends on light but many other systems also depend on the downstream effects of light, such as getting Vitamin D and the many benefits that can have on health.”
What are your tips in getting the right amount of natural light exposure during the winter months?
“For healthier circadian rhythms and sleep patterns, the ideal is to get a similar amount of light each day (the brighter the better), although that is impractical for many of us. Unfortunately, many places in the world are not conducive to Vitamin D production for many months of the year, so oral supplementation is necessary”.
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