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We’ve long felt being by water makes us happy – now the science backs this up. Dr Deborah Cracknell explains why ‘blue health’ is 2019’s big wellness trend

When you catch that first glimpse of blue as you are approaching the sea, it can make you smile, or take a slightly deeper breath, or want to quicken your pace in the anticipation of inhaling the ocean air. The great vastness of the oceans, which cover 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 per cent of its water and constitute 99 per cent of its living space, are a source of fascination, intrigue, beauty and unparalleled life.

Those of us lucky enough to spend time in nature have a sense that it is good for us, and there is growing scientific interest in the benefits nature can provide through its positive effects on physical fitness and mental health. And how, if we look after the oceans, they will in turn look after us. Around 40 per cent of the world’s population lives within about 60 miles of the coast, and 23 of the world’s 30 largest cities are located on the coast.

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Have you thought about your sleep recently? It’s one of the key pillars of our wellbeing, which is why we’ve delved into all things bedtime this issue. Inside, you’ll find simple, science-backed fixes to all your sleep worries, from insomnia to snoring, plus our body clock training plan and moves to help you snooze. We investigate whether fat really deserves its bad rep, uncover the intricacies of the placebo effect, and explore 2019’s biggest wellness trend: blue health. Plus, our food section champions light Easter bakes, three beauty experts dish on their bedtime routines, and Jess Ennis-Hill talks family and fitness since retiring. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!