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Go wild, get some sleep

This month, Vanessa King of Action for Happiness and author of 10 Keys to Happier Living, recommends Go Wild by John Ratey and Richard Manning



Our bodies and minds have evolved over millions of years to work well in the wild, but ‘taming’ by modern life is causing us harm. So how can we live today more in line with how we’re designed to function best? Take sleep, for example. Most of us are sleep-deprived, yet sleep is core to human functioning. If we don’t get enough, we end up overweight, sick, sad, stressed and stupid, according to top sleep researchers. Lack of sleep causes us to crave sugar and dwell on negative emotional events. It reduces our immunity and how well our brain and memory work. We may think we can fuel up on carbs and caffeine to power through our workloads on just four or five hours’ sleep night after night, but actually we become less efficient, not more.

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About Psychologies

This month, we’re urging you to ‘trust yourself’. Wonderful words but, not especially easy to put into practice. That’s why we’ve dedicated 18 pages in our dossier to discovering how to do exactly that – exploring everything from to how to turn up the volume of our inner wise woman, to looking at the latest research on making the best decisions. And it’s not what you think. Be inspired and get ready to move forward. Plus, how to reinvent your career and 10 of the best budget boltholes.