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“To sleep: perchance to dream”

That quote comes from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet.  The Danish Prince thought that sleeping sounded a great idea.  It was the dreaming that caused problems.  Mind you, the guy was under some stress at the time, and that probably contributed to his nightmares.


You may be relieved to know, that having nightmares is very normal.  Everyone gets them once in a while, but if they happen often and you wake up in a sweat, or worse, screaming, then it may be a reflection of something a bit worse at work.  Nightmares can be symptomatic of a psychiatric illness or distress of some kind and are often experienced by people who have sufffered some trauma, such as abuse, war or a natural disaster of some kind.  In Hamlet’s case, seeing your Dad assassinated probably fits into two out of those three categories.

Apparently nightmares are most common in children.  Specialists think it is because they find it difficult to process things cognitively, so if they have a sudden shock or see something they can’t make sense of, then nightmares can be the way that they process the information.  Nightmares, and other dreams, happen during periods of rapid eye movement sleep, so the scariness of the dream can jolt you awake and make you feel very disoriented.


So how can you help prevent nightmares for the young or old?  Facing the cause of the nightmare is a good way of doing it.  If it is difficult to work out what is causing the nightmare, then try and work out what situations in your life are causing some stress and try and work out those situations in a positive way.

Another good piece of advice is to remove the scares.  If you do not like zombie movies and have nightmares after watching them, then… ummm… don’t watch them.  If you are like me, i.e. a complete wuss, then your range of pre-bedtime viewing is quite limited.   But I don’t like having nightmares either, so I would rather limit the viewing then freak out and leave my imagination to work it all out.

Apparently having a bedtime ritual is a good idea for limiting nightmares.  Do the same things every night at the same time.  If your child seems to have a nightmare at the same time every night, then waking them up slightly before the nightmare and then settling them down to sleep again is a great way of breaking the dreaming pattern and hopefully stop the regular problem.

bedtime snack

If you are an adult and get regular nightmares, look at your food and drink intake just before bed.  Do not drink alcohol at night, and do not eat before bed either.  It is not good for your dreams, and it isn’t good for the diet either.


10 Rules for Better Health Part One!

Have you found out about Pinterest yet?  It is my latest Social media delight.  I can waste a lot of time on it, but it is such a simple idea.


Effectively, Pinterest is an electronic bulletin board to “stick” ideas, recipes, interesting information onto and then share with the rest of the Pinterest savvy crowd.  You will find Viridian Herbalist on there, and I have lots of other personal boards I keep on there too.  It is also very addictive, and you will find it very easy to spend lots of time playing with it!  You have been warned!


While cruising about looking for interesting things to write this blog about, I found a poster with some great advice.  10 things to do for better health.  Only 10?  Well, that seems doable.  As I began to write this blog, I actually discovered that I would be wittering for a very long time, so I am breaking this up into two parts to do all the pieces of advice justice!  How ironic!!  😀


The longer I study herbal remedies, diet and nutrition, the more I come to the conclusion that the advice all boils down to some very simple advice.  Be moderate, eat food not chemicals, be happy and keep your body moving.  Keep doing that, and things will usually turn out for the best.  To be fair, the advice on the poster, generally covers these topics.

from teafolium.com

from teafolium.com

Less Alcohol, More Tea.  Alcohol kills brain cells, leads to bad choices in a number of different ways, is FULL of empty calories, is a depressive and it is bad for your skin.   Tea is full of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are fantastic for all kinds of things including protecting against cancers, heart disease, and eliminating the ageing effects of free radicals.  Tea has also been linked with a lower risk of Parkinsons Disease, and if you like Green Tea (I can’t bear the stuff myself) the Phenols in it can help the parts of the brain linked to memory and learning.

from tigersheds.com

from tigersheds.com

Less Meat and More Vegetables.  Meat is a controversial topic.  If you get your meat from organic or hormone free sources, where the welfare of the animal has been assured, I have no problem with it at all.  I love meat, being an unreconstructed carnivore and Great Granddaughter of a Master Butcher.  However, it makes sense if you are watching your weight to eat less meat, especially the fatty sort, and replace that with veggies.  Veggies are full of vitamins, but lower in Calories than meat is.  Veggies, especially the colourful ones, have loads of antioxidants as well.  Plus, they taste yummy.  Even though I think meat actually beats them in taste!

from webmd.com

from webmd.com

Less Salt, More Vinegar.  Some salt is necessary in your diet, but if you have too much of it, it raises your blood pressure and high blood pressure is the leading cause of strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.  Vinegar, in the form of cider vinegar, is, if you believe the internet bandwagons, just about they miracle substance of the universe!  It can regulate the pH of your skin, it can make your hair shine, it can detoxify your home, it can remove stains from your teeth, it can aid weight loss and it can also balance your entire body system apparently.

from wikipedia

from wikipedia

Less Sugar and More Fruit.  I have already blogged about sugar, and about how dangerous it is in large quantities.  When the convenience food industry is sitting up and taking notice of it, then you know it is a serious problem.  Fruit, not only is a natural source of sweetness, but it has added vitamins and minerals which help the body to run smoothly.  What’s not to like?!

chewing giraffe

Less Eating and more Chewing.  Aren’t they the same thing?  Well, no, actually, they aren’t.  Eating is what we do, and Chewing is how we do it!  Portion sizes in the last 50 years have grown immeasurably, and it is no coincidence that so have our waistlines.  We need to reduce the AMOUNT we are imbibing, or else we will never beat the obesity epidemic the globe is facing.  But what is the more chewing about?  There is research to show that if you concentrate on chewing, you enjoy your food more, and you eat less because you become more satisfied.  Mindful eating is what it is called.  I suggest you try it.  Try chewing each mouthful for 20 times, and put the knife and fork down while you do it.  You will eat less.


Stay tuned for the next part tomorrow!