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Struggling to sleep? The two things you should eat or drink before bed

A lack of sleep or insomnia impacts many of us. Having a full eight hours of sleep is essential for your health and productivity. Ever woken up feeling groggy or struggled to get a good nights kip? Experts say what you eat or drink before bed could be impacting the quality of your sleep.

Everyone knows to avoid caffeine before bed, experts now recommend that on top of ditching coffee before bed you might be able to boost your sleep by drinking cherry juice.

According to sleep experts from MattressNextDay, drinking tart cherry juice before bed may boost your sleep by 1.5 hours or more a night.

They point to several studies that show consuming tart cherry juice can help calibrate your circadian rhythm, also known as your internal body clock, to help promote sleep.

Cherry juice helps increase your body’s production of melatonin, a critical hormone for your sleep.

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Studies show Brits who drink cherry juice before settling down increased their sleep by an average of 84 minutes, so if you find yourself starving off insomnia cherry juice might be able to help you.

According to Dr Karanr, the myth that eating cheese before bed gives you nightmares could be an old wives tale.

He recommends eating cheese before bed could give you a better nights sleep.

He added cheese is packed with tryptophan used by the brain to make melatonin which helps induce sleep.

Cheese is high in calcium which can reduce stress and helps to stabilise your nervous system, both of which could help you to become more settled for sleep.

Simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference to your quality of sleep.

Aside from the obvious factors such as trying to relax before bed, having a good quality mattress and cutting down on your caffeine the NHS has pulled together a few easy lifestyle changes to help you get a more restful nights sleep.

The NHS encourages Brits to keep their sleeping pattern as regular as possible.


You might be able to banish these worries by writing them down before you go to bed.

Set aside a few minutes before you climb into bed to jot down what you need to do tomorrow instead of forming these plans in your head whilst you are trying to get to sleep.

Avoid smoking

Caffeine is an obvious stimulant but did you know nicotine is another one? Brits who smoke take longer to fall asleep the NHS says.

Smokers wake up more often and have more disrupted sleep than non-smokers so, if you suffer from restless nights you may want to consider giving up smoking.

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EU struggling to cope without UK as bloc 'more politically fragmented' after Brexit

Brexit: Lord Adonis says UK ‘could rejoin the EU’

The EU’s single market commissioner, Thierry Breton, claimed Brexit has “weakened and isolated the UK”. Any concrete benefits for Britain are “hard to see”, Mr Breton said, while the pandemic has exposed even further downsides of a UK outside a collective bloc. His comments come five years on from the historic vote in 2016 which saw 52 percent of Britons make their disdain for Brussels heard.

The UK wouldn’t leave the EU for another four years, however.

Only at the turn of 2021 did the country officially exit the single market and customs union.

While many hailed it as a victory for Britain, Mr Breton, talking to the Guardian, said the promises made by Brexit campaigners were “far from reality” as the two powers build a new relationship.

Yet, myriad reports and studies paint a bleak picture for the EU.

EU news: The bloc is tipped to become 'more politically fragmented' after Brexit

EU news: The bloc is tipped to become ‘more politically fragmented’ after Brexit (Image: GETTY)

Brexit day: Today marks five years since the UK voted to leave the EU

Brexit day: Today marks five years since the UK voted to leave the EU (Image: GETTY)

In a paper published by the Centre for European Reform (CER) in 2019, it was suggested that the bloc will become “more politically fragmented” post-Brexit.

This was in part, it said, because the “European Commission and Parliament will be less likely to reflect British ways of thinking and working”.

The report said: “The new European Parliament will be more politically fragmented and less likely to back freer trade with third countries and market liberalisation internally.”

It did note, however, that this would not be a direct result of Brexit, but “because of the evolution of politics in the EU.”

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Ursula von der Leyen: The Commission President is looking to bolster the bloc post-pandemic

Ursula von der Leyen: The Commission President is looking to bolster the bloc post-pandemic (Image: GETTY)

Yet, it added: “The departure of British MEPs from the European Parliament will, however, reinforce this trend.

“Conservative and Labour MEPs often worked hand in hand to support economically liberal policies.

“Populist parties, more supportive of protectionist policies, are expected to do well in the May European Parliament elections.

“Such parties are also likely to benefit disproportionately from the redistribution of 27 of the UK’s current seats among the remaining member states.


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Angela Merkel: Germany is tipped to benefit from the UK's absence

Angela Merkel: Germany is tipped to benefit from the UK’s absence (Image: GETTY)

David Frost: The UK's chief Brexit negotiator

David Frost: The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator (Image: GETTY)

“France and Spain will gain five each, and Italy three; and opinion polls suggest that eurosceptic parties could come out on top in the European Parliament elections in France and Italy.”

Eurosceptic parties went on to make major gains at the European elections in 2019, as well as environmentalist and liberal parties.

Brexit is also expected to affect the way the EU operates.

The “British way of working and administration” has increased operational efficiency within Brussels.

Brexit timeline: The events leading up to Britain's eventual full departure from the EU

Brexit timeline: The events leading up to Britain’s eventual full departure from the EU (Image: Express Newspapers)

The extent of this was proved when the EU indicated that it wished to retain a number of British workers in Brussels who have permanent contracts, and would evaluate the position of temporary workers.

The bloc is not expected to recruit British workers in the future unless they have specific skills that EU nationals do not, however.

Meanwhile, the UK struck its first trade deal from scratch with Australia this month.

It was the first time the country had done so since leaving the EU.

Australia: The UK secured its free trade post-Brexit this month

Australia: The UK secured its free trade post-Brexit this month (Image: GETTY)

A number of existing deals have also been renewed with countries around the world.

Any negatives of Brexit have so far been difficult to fully assess and separate from the fallouts inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.

British exports to the EU have been hardest hit by new border formalities, despite a last-minute deal struck in December ensuring tariff-free trade.

Many of the initial “teething problems” reported in January have, however, since been smoothed-out.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: World Feed

Struggling with the heat today? Dyson's allergy-preventing fan is now at its lowest price

After weeks of cold temperatures and rain, the Great British Summer has arrived. Bank Holiday Monday saw the highest temperature of the year so far – a balmy 25.1ºC – recorded in Kinlochewe, Scotland. Temperatures are set to continue to stay around the mid-20s all week. If you’re struggling with the heat, this latest Amazon deal might help.

Dyon’s super-smart fan has dropped to its lowest-ever price on Amazon. Usually starting from £549, this Wi-Fi-connected fan is packed with tricks. There’s an included HEPA filter, which Dyson says can capture 99. 97 percent of allergens (as small as 0.3 microns) to purify the air and alleviate allergies to pets, dust, smoke, pollens, and mold spores.

That’s pretty impressive, but wouldn’t be worth much if the Dyson wasn’t a good fan. Thankfully, with a complete 360º rotation, 77 gallons a second airflow, and Alexa voice controls to switch on the fan without moving from your desk – there’s plenty to like in that department too. And it can double-up as a heater in winter when you’re cold at your (home) desk too!

Amazon has discounted the Dyson purifying fan to its lowest-ever price, at £464. In the middle of the heatwave in August 2020, the same model was selling for around £930, according to Amazon’s pricing history. So, if you’re looking to upgrade your fan – you’d best get one in the shopping basket now before everyone overheats and starts shopping for them!

This fan pairs with the Dyson Link app. From your smartphone or tablet, you’ll be able to check real-time reports of the air quality in your home, remotely control your machine, and create schedules around your day – so you won’t even have to think about switching on the fan as you go about your day.

The air quality report is also visible on the built-in LCD display on the fan itself, which highlights the number of ultrafine particles (PM 2. 5), allergens (PM10), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) & Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in your home or office.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Survey: Many Mohs Surgeons Are Struggling on the Job

Many Mohs Surgeons Are Struggling

Many Mohs surgeons are struggling on the job, and women seem to be especially vulnerable, a new survey suggests.

In a measurement of well-being, 40% of members of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) who responded to the survey — and 52% of women — scored at a level considered “at-risk” for adverse outcomes, such as poor quality of life.

“I didn’t think the numbers were going to be that high,” said study author Kemi O. Awe, MD, PhD, a dermatology resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, especially in light of Mohs surgery’s reputation as being an especially desirable field in dermatology. She presented the findings at the annual meeting of the ACMS.

Awe, who hopes to become a Mohs surgeon herself, said in an interview that she launched the study in part to understand how colleagues are faring. “Dermatology is known as a specialty that has a good lifestyle and less stress, but the rate of burnout is actually going up.”

For the study, Awe and colleagues sent a survey to ACMS members between October and December 2020. The 91 respondents had an average age of 46, and 58% were male. Most practiced in academic facilities (56%), while the rest worked in private practice (39%) or multispecialty (4%) practices. Almost all (89%) were married or in partnerships.

The survey calculated scores on the expanded Physician Well Being Index, a validated tool for measuring physician distress. Forty percent of 68 respondents to this part of the survey got a score of 3 or higher, which the study describes as “a threshold for respondents who are ‘at-risk’ of adverse outcomes such as poor quality of life, depression, and a high level of fatigue.”

Women were more likely to be considered at risk (52%) than men (28%). “This isn’t different than what’s already out there: Female physicians are more likely to be burned out compared to men,” Awe said.

Compared with their male counterparts, female Mohs surgeons were more likely to say that time at work, malpractice concerns, insurance reimbursement, and compensation structure negatively affected their well-being (P ≤ .05).

It’s unclear whether there’s a well-being gender gap among dermatologists overall, however. Awe highlighted a 2019 survey of 108 dermatologists that found no significant difference in overall burnout between men and women – about 42% of both genders reported symptoms. But the survey did find that “dermatologists with children living at home had significantly higher levels of burnout,” with a P value of .03.

Awe said the findings offer insight into what to look out for when pursuing a career as a Mohs surgeon. “There’s potentially excess stress about being a Mohs surgeon,” she said, although the field also has a reputation as being fulfilling and rewarding.

In an interview, Stanford (Calif.) University dermatologist Zakia Rahman, MD, praised the study and said it “certainly provides a framework to address professional fulfillment amongst Mohs surgeons.”

It was especially surprising, she said, that female surgeons didn’t rate their compensation structure as positively as did their male colleagues. “It is possible that there is still a significant amount of gender-based difference in compensation between male and female Mohs surgeons. This is an area that can be further explored.”

Moving forward, she said, “our professional dermatology societies must examine the increase in burnout within our specialty. Further funding and research in this area is needed.”

For now, dermatologists can focus on strategies that research has indicated can reduce burnout in the field, Sailesh Konda, MD, a Mohs surgeon at the University of Florida College, Gainesville, said in an interview.

According to Konda, these include “focusing on incremental changes that help restore autonomy and control over work, connecting with colleagues within dermatology and the broader medical community, developing self-awareness and recognition of a perfectionist mindset, and restoring meaning and joy to patient care.”

No funding is reported for the study. Awe, Rahman, and Konda have no relevant disclosures.

This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara struggling to fit into jigsaw despite undeniable class

For the most important game of the club’s season on Wednesday night – the type of game he was signed from Bayern Munich for last summer – he spent the first hour in a mask on the bench watching a 35-year-old run around in his place.
It said a lot about how Jurgen Klopp has come to view the Spain international that, a week after Naby Keita was preferred for the first leg against Real Madrid, James Milner got the midfield gig ahead of him for the return.

Thirty-five-year-olds can have their uses as midfield players – Luca Modric was a wonderfully calming influence for Real and, actually, Milner gave a strong lead for Liverpool before Thiago eventually replaced him but Klopp’s lack of faith in his £20m signing as his side exited the Champions League was glaring.

In 23 appearances since his switch to Anfield the player trumpeted as Liverpool’s missing link, the man who could give the stormtroopers the subtlety to unlock massed defences, has not contributed a single goal or assist. None.

A midfield metronome setting the tempo and recycling possession does not always lend itself to stratospheric stats but at Bayern Munich, in the five seasons before his transfer, Thiago averaged five goals and six assists a season.

The absence of any telling creative contribution since his move is jarring.

It isn’t as if he makes up for it with his defensive contribution. Five bookings this season mark him out as something of a liability.

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Perhaps if Thiago had walked into the club he expected to – the all-powerful one which mopped up the Champions League then the Premier League in successive seasons with their blitzkrieg football – it would have been easier.

Instead, with Liverpool a scatty imitation of their title-winning selves this season, he has found himself trying to assimilate with shifting sands all around him.

Virgil van Dijk has of course been a key miss, Jordan Henderson as well and far too many fit players have been inconsistent and well below their best across the season.

But included front and centre in that group has been Thiago.

His bedding-in period was not helped by contracting Covid-19 when he arrived and then being sidelined for two-and-a-half months by a knee injury.

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This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Microsoft Outlook: Are you struggling with ‘cannot send’ email error? We have good news

Microsoft Outlook users have been plagued by a frustrating bug that leaves them unable to send emails. When hitting the “Send” button, they are confronted with an error message that simply states: “Cannot send this item”. Hundreds of frustrated Outlook users have flooded to Microsoft’s community site to bemoan the error, which is causing havoc for millions working and studying from home, as well as those who run their small business using the almost-ubiquitous email management tool.
The first reports of the error message seemingly popped up at the start of February, but things have really started to escalate in recent weeks. The issue seems to crop up when replying to a lengthy email thread. Some Outlook users claim the issue is more likely to surface when pasting a long URL into the body of an email. The problem seems to only impact Outlook on PC, with the web app seemingly allowing users to continue replying to messages without a hitch.

Whatever is causing the glitch on your PC, it’s supremely annoying. Thankfully, Microsoft has confirmed that it’s aware of the problem and is currently working on a fix.

According to the Redmond-based company, Outlook on PC will be patched later this month. The updated version of the application – Outlook version 13913.10000 – should drop in the coming weeks, so make sure to keep checking the Windows Update app to ensure you’re running the latest update.

Of course, a “late April” release date is still a few weeks – a period of time that could feel infinitely longer when you’re spending your day trying to reply to lengthy email threads and swatting away error messages. Microsoft has provided a few workarounds that its engineers believe will solve the problem temporarily until the final fix rolls out in the coming weeks.

According to Microsoft, one sure-fire way to get rid of the “cannot send this item” error message whenever you reply or forward an email in Outlook is to change the email format from HTML to Rich Text. To do this, in the message, click Reply, Reply All, or Forward. Next up, if you’re working in the Reading Pane, click Pop Out. Finally, the banner along the top of the message window, click the tab marked Format Text. On the left hand-side, highlight Rich Text if the message is already on HTML.

Another way to stop the error plaguing your work from home day is to strip out any long web links (URLs) in the body of your email. If these links are essential to the message, you can always login to your Microsoft account online in the web version of Outlook to send the same message without an issue.

With any luck, the error will be in the rear-view mirror in a few weeks, so there won’t be any need to continue jumping through these hoops.

Piers Morgan hints he's been struggling after GMB exit with Mother's Day post

“My outspoken views on the insanity of American gun laws led to the end of my time at CNN.

“And now I’ve lost my job at Good Morning Britain because I chose not to apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle’s claims in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.”

Piers went on to claim he had become the “latest ‘victim’ of the cancel culture that is permeating our country, every minute, of every hour, of everyday”.

“Though of course, I consider myself to be neither a victim, nor actually cancelled,” he added.

“However, I do believe the defence of free speech and the right to express honestly held opinions, is the most important issue of my career, and the most important issue in British society.”