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Tag Archives: health

Interview on Good Day Chicago about The Little Book of Sleep

I got invited on to Good Day Chicago at 2.30am NZ time to talk about my new book, The Little Book of Sleep. There is a not-so-delicious irony about how this wrecked my sleep for the night. But I didn’t manage to get some sleep in the end. Here it is, in all it’s glory, […]

MY NEW BOOK! The Little Book of Sleep is here

I have exciting news! My new book is here and it will help you to SLEEP EASY again. The Little Book of Sleep is a quick read, and absolutely PACKED full of tips. Find out how you’re RUINING your sleep. I know that my sleep was not good – and it was one of the reasons why I wrote this book. […]

Better Safe Than Sorry

The news that the vaccine timetable for those in Group 4 – most of the New Zealand population – has slipped from July to the ‘end of July’ is concerning enough on its own. But now we also see that there is a small outbreak of Covid-19 cases in Melbourne, which authorities are scrambling to […]

There is no new normal. There is only change. It can be unsettling.

For some, this might have brought on a sense of deja vu. An evening press conference, being fronted by the Prime Minister. And lots of ‘abundance of caution’ appearing in the afternoon press conference. After an emergency Cabinet meeting this evening, the NZ Government has decided to #ActLikeItIsTheVariant in determining its response to the community […]

Covid-19 case in Northland – Keep using the QR code

The investigations into a case in Northland is likely to cause concern and spark anxiety and / or worry for many people. It’s probably going to be a couple of days before authorities gather enough information to make firm decisions about what meaningful action to take next. In trying to figure out what you can do […]

The language of ageism, and how we use it against ourselves

There has been a lot of recent attention on gender pay equity, the re-emergence of racism in western societies, and how youth mental health has been an increasing concern in recent years. However, the way we talk about older people, and indeed, how older people view and talk about themselves is also revealing of deeper […]

Regulations of love: How to feel better when relationships end

Most people will experience a relationship break up. They can be hard to get over. One way to manage this is to try to actively decrease the feelings of love you have for your ex-partner? But does this work? Do people believe they can control their feelings of love in this way? Can you actually […]

4 in 5 people experience a mental health disorder by midlife. What do we know about those who don’t?

You might be familiar with the often quoted statistic that 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 people experience mental health difficulties. What you might not be aware of is that is the answer if people are answering about what they are experiencing at that particular point in time. Long-term studies following the same people […]

Scared behind the wheel: How driving anxiety may influence our health and wellbeing

In this show I speak with Dr Joanne Taylor, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week’s show: Here is the abstract for some context: Driving anxiety can range from driving reluctance to driving phobia, and 20% of young older adults experience mild […]

Creating consciousness: Our brain’s top-down, bottom-up framework for making sense of the world around & within us

In this show I speak with Dr Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex in the UK. He is also Co-Director at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. We talk about how the brain tries to make sense of the world outside, but also integrates information coming from inside the body to […]