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Information and Advice for Adults in East Dunbartonshire

Month: October 2017

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How important is sleep?

People across the UK will wake up having gained an hour’s sleep on Sunday morning, as the clocks go back heralding darker evenings and shorter days. But how much do we know about sleep and its impact on our lives, from our health and mood, to how long we’ll live?

1. We’re told to get our eight hours.

Studies carried out around the world, looking at how often diseases occur in different groups of people across a population, have come to the same conclusion: both short sleepers and long sleepers are more likely to have a range of diseases, and to live shorter lives.

Short sleepers are generally defined as those who regularly get less than six hours’ sleep and long sleepers generally more than nine or 10 hours’ a night.

2. What happens in your body when you don’t sleep enough?

A review of 153 studies with a total of more than five million participants found short sleep was significantly associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and obesity.

3. We need different types of sleep to repair ourselves.

After we fall asleep we go through cycles of “sleep stages”, each cycle lasting between 60 and 100 minutes. Each stage plays a different role in the many processes that happen in our body during sleep.

4. Shift workers who have disturbed sleep get sick more often.

Researchers have found shift workers who get too little sleep at the wrong time of day may be increasing their risk of diabetes and obesity.

Shift workers are significantly more likely to report “fair or bad” general health according to a 2013 NHS study, which also found people in this group were a lot more likely to have a “limiting longstanding illness” than those who don’t work shifts.

5. And many of us are feeling more sleep deprived than ever.

A big piece of research looking at data from 15 countries found a very mixed picture. Six showed decreased sleep duration, seven increased sleep duration and two countries had mixed results.

Lots of a evidence suggests the amount we sleep hasn’t changed that much in recent generations.

But if you ask people how sleep deprived they think they are, a different picture emerges.

  • Average sleep time is 6.8 hours, below the average 7.7 hours people feel they need
  • More than half (54%) have felt stressed as a result of poor sleep
  • More than a third (36%) have eaten unhealthy food as a result of poor sleep
  • Almost four in 10 (37%) have fallen asleep on public transport.

6. But we didn’t necessarily always sleep this way.

Roger Ekirch, a history professor at Virginia Tech in the USA, published a paper in 2001 drawn from 16 years of research.

Dr Ekirch uncovered more than 2,000 pieces of evidence in diaries, court records and literature which suggest people used to have a first sleep beginning shortly after dusk, followed by a waking period of a couple of hours, then a second sleep.

7. Phones are keeping teenagers awake.

Bedrooms are supposed to be a place of rest but are increasingly filled with distractions like laptops and mobile phones, making it harder for young people to nod off.

68% of young people think using phones at night affects school work

45% check their phone after going to bed

10% do so more than ten times per night

8. Testing for sleep disorders is on the up.

More people are turning up at their doctors complaining of problems sleeping.

Analysing data collected by NHS England, the BBC found in June that the number of sleeping disorder tests had increased every year over the past decade.

9. Are other countries doing it differently?

One study looked at sleep habits in 20 industrialised countries.

It found variations of up to an hour in the time people went to bed and woke up, but overall sleep duration was fairly constant across countries. Generally, if a population on average went to bed later, they woke up later too, although not in every case.

Researchers have concluded that social influences – hours worked, timing of school, leisure habits – play a far bigger role than the natural cycle of light and dark.

10. Morning larks, night owls?

About 30% of us tend towards being morning people and 30% towards being evening people, with the other 40% of us somewhere in the middle – although marginally more people prefer early rising to late nights.

We do have some control over our body clocks, however. Those who are naturally late to bed and late to rise can try reducing their exposure to light in the evenings and making sure they get more light exposure in the daytime.

 

Full article available on BBC

‘Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.’ Scots too relaxed over incoming cold snap

SCOTS are ill-prepared for the incoming cold snap with far too few stocking up on essential winter supplies, experts have warned.

The country woke this morning to near-freezing temperatures as the Arctic bite threatens to supplant the fairly mild autumn.

With the frost already beginning to bite, forecasters have issued a winter checklist to help prevent elderly and vulnerable residents from being shut off from the community.

Scots are being advised to make sure their flu jab is up to date, that there homes are heated to at least 18C and that homeowners know where their stoptap is located.

Ensuring the road-worthiness of any vehicles is also vital, with people urged to check tyres, to ensure they have anti-freeze screen wash available and to put together a winter kit that should include an ice scraper, de-icer, jump leads, a shovel, a blanket, sunglasses and a torch.

Derrick Ryall, executive head of public weather services at the Met Office, added: “People in the UK are resilient and severe winter weather is something we’re all used to, so we sometimes underestimate its impact on our everyday lives.

Full article available on Herald Scotland

 

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017

Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centres

“In some cases victims/witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.”

Hate-crime reporting centres are an outlet for people to report hate crime without having to go directly to the Police.  If you would rather chat to somebody you’re more familiar with, a number of organisations are available: the list below covers Great Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire.

Greater Glasgow

 Organisation  Address Contact Number
 Ahl Al Bait Society  25 Woodside Place, Glasgow, G3 7QL  0141 427 5586
 Academy House Services  Academy House, Unit 1000, Gower Street, Glasgow, G51 1PR  0141 419 0226
 Amina  Citywall House, 32 Eastwood Avenue, Glasgow, G41 3NS  0141 212 8420
 Ardenglen Housing Association  355 Tormusk Rd, Castlemilk, Glasgow G45 0HF  0141 634 8016
 Blochairn Housing Association  1 Blochairn Road, Glasgow, G21 2ED  0141 553 1601
 Bridges Programme Suite  G6 Flemington House, 110 Flemington St, Springburn, G21 4BF  0141 5589749
 British Deaf Association (Scotland)  1st Floor Central Chambers Suite 58 93 Hope St Glasgow G2 6LD  0141 248 5554
 Cairnbrook (Glasgow Housing Association)  1240 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow G34 9JW  0800 479 7979
 Cadder Housing Association  66 Skirsa Street, Glasgow, G23 5BA  0141 945 3282
 Calvay Housing Association  55 Calvay Road, Glasgow, G33 4RQ  0141 771 7722
 Ceartas Advocacy  Suite 5-7, McGregor House, 10 Donaldson Crescent, Kirkintilloch, G66 1XF  0141 775 0433
 Compass  Unit 34, Hyde Park Business Centre, 60 Mollinsburn St Glw G21 4SF  0141 6304985
 Copperworks Housing  284 Royston Road, Glasgow G21 2JB  0141 5527477
 Deaf Connections  100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow, G5 9EJ  0141 274 8315
 DRC Generations  102 Kingsway, Glasgow, G14 9YS  0141 5843211
 East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid  McGregor House, 10 Donaldson Crescent, Kirkintilloch, G66 1XF  0141 776 0864
 Elderpark Housing Association  31 Garmouth Street, Govan, Glasgow, G51 3PR  0141 4402244
 Ethnic Minorities Law Centre  41 St Vincent Place Glasgow G1 2ER  0141 2042888
 Epilepsy Scotland  480 Govan Road Glasgow G51 1JL  0808 8002200
 GHA Tenant Controlled Homes  89 Main Street, Baillieston, Glasgow G69 8AB  0800 4797979
 GHA Tower Homes  381 Gartloch Road, Glasgow, G33 8TQ  0141 2747979
 GHA, Wheatly Group  Wheatley House, 25 Cochrane Street, Glasgow  0141 274 8315
 Glasgow Centre For Inclusive Living  117-127 Brook Street, Glasgow, G40 3AP  0141 5507468
 Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living  117 Brook Street, Glasgow, G40 3AP  0141 550 4455
 Glasgow Clyde College  Anniesland Campus, 19 Hatfield Drive Glasgow, G12OYE  0141 272 3639
 Glasgow Clyde College  Cardonald Campus, 690 Mossparke Drive, Glasgow G523AY  0141 272 3639
 Glasgow Clyde College  Langside Campus, 50 Prospecthill Road, Glasgow G429LB  0141 272 3639
 Glasgow Disability Alliance  Unit 301, Templeton Business Centre, Templeton St, Glw G40 1DA  0141 5567103
 Glasgow Jewish Representative Council  222 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6UE  0141 5778200
 Glasgow Supported Living  Anniesland Business Park, Unit 23 D/E, Netherton Road, Glasgow G13 1EU  0141 959 2476
 Govan Housing Association  35 McKechnie Street, Glasgow, G51 3AQ  0141 4400308
 Govan Youth Information Project  9 Water Row, Govan, Glasgow, G51 3UW  0141 4454505
 Govan & Craigton Integration Network  Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd, Glasgow  0141 4453718
 Greater Pollok Integration Network  Flat 11,70 Kennishead Avenue, Glasgow, G46 8RP  0141 6492000
 Hillhead Housing Association 2000  60 Highfield Road, Kirkintilloch, G66 2PS  0141 5780200
 Ishara Project  Deaf Connections, 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow, G5 9EJ  07749 311524

 Organisation Address  Contact number 
 Kelvinbank Resource Centre  Kilsyth Road, Kirkintilloch, G66 1RP  0141 7773017
 LGBT Youth Scotland  3/2, 30 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LG  0141 5527425
 Maryhill Housing Association  45 Garrioch Road, Maryhill Glasgow, G20 8RG  0141 948 1137
 Maryhill Integration Network  35 Avenuepark St, Glasgow  G20 8TS  0141 9469106
 National Autistic Society  109 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 8TS  0141 2218090
 NG Homes (Ned Donaldson House)  50 Reidhouse Street, Glasgow G21 4LS  0141 5606000
 Pineview Housing Association  252 Saracen Street, Glasgow G22 5LF  0141 9443891
 Positive Action In Housing  98 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1PJ  0141 353 2220
 Quarriers  Chryston Business Centre, Cloverhill Place, Chryston  G69 9DQ  0141 779 5040
 Quarriers, North West Carers Centre  308-310 Maryhill Road, Glasgow G20 7YE  0141 331 9420
 Queens Cross Housing  45 Firhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7BE  0141 5897424
 Red Road Family Centre  94 Red Road, Glasgow G21  0141 5575571
 Reidvale Housing  13 Whitevale Street, Glasgow, G31 1QW  0141 5542406
 Royston Corridor Homes  Unit 18 143 Charles Street, Glasgow  0141 2747124
 Scottish Ethnic Private Hire Welfare Association  71-73 Kingston Street, Glasgow, G5 8BJ  07859 995637
Shawlands Social and Cultural Centre (SSACC)  3 Eastwood Avenue, Glasgow, G41 3NS  0141 632 8778
 Show Racism the Red Card  Suite 311, The Pentagon Centre, Washington Street, Glasgow G38AZ  0141 222 2058
 Southside Housing Association  135 Fifty Pitches Road, G51 4EB  0141 4221112
Terrence Higgins Trust  Scotland  Third floor, Breckenridge House, 274 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EH  0141 332 3838
 The Advocacy Project  Cumbrae House, Carlton Court, Glasgow G59JP  0141 420 0961
 The Maryhill Hub  186 Wyndford Road,Glasgow  0141 945 3855
 The Well Multicultural Advice Centre  42-44 Albert Road, Glasgow, G42 8DN  0141 4244523
 Unity Homes Housing Association  217 Wallacewell Road, Glasgow G21 3PR  0141 274 7124
 Victim Support East Renfrewshire  7 Bank Street, Barrhead G782RA  0141 881 3221
 Victim Support Scotland  Abbey House, 2nd Floor, 10 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 6LU  0141 553 2415
 Virginia Gallery  45 Virginia Street, Glasgow, G1 1TS  0141 552 5699
 Viva Africa  72 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW  0141 221 7477
 Waverley Care African Health Project  12 Queen’s Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9AS  0141 332 2520
 We Step Together  Drumchapel Community Centre, 320 Kinfauns Dr, Glasgow G15  07826 255 944
 West of Scotland Housing  Camlachie House, 40 Barrowfield Drive, Glasgow G40 3QH  0141 550 5605
 West of Scotland Housing  Cowlairs Office, 252 Keppochhill Road, Glasgow G21 1HG  0141 630 4010
 West of Scotland Regional Equality Council (WSREC)  39 Napiershall St, Glasgow G20 6EZ  0141 337 6626
 William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre  20 St Kenneth Drive, Glasgow G51 4QD  0141 445 7750
 Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA)  48 Darnley Street, Glasgow, G41 2SE  0141 420 6600

Number of Scots eating less than 5-a-day is now even lower

Recent research by the Scottish Government indicates that the average amount of daily fruit and veg consumed by people in Scotland has fallen.

Dropping from 3.3 items in 2015 to 3 items in 2016, figures also highlighted not much had changed in regards to drinking, smoking and exercising in the previous year.

The survey also showed the proportion of adults eating no fruit or vegetables the previous day (12%) was the highest since 2008, when the annual survey began.

More information on the BBC News website

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