My rich and grumpy dad said my Christmas gifts were awful

The dilemma My father complained to my wife that the Christmas presents I bought for him and his partner weren’t good enough. He is 66. I bought them some artisan chocolate, which he described as “broken chocolate” because it came wrapped in a clear plastic bag (it was from a small local business that hand-wraps items), and a […]

Are you a sleep texter? You’re not alone

Name: Sleep texting. Location: In bed. Appearance: “I legittt wish veggird were enough to fuelme,” at 5.22am. Sorry … what? That is what a sleep text looks like. Not those words, exactly, but about halfway between sense and nonsense. It sounds like good old-fashioned sleep talking. Yes. As with most things, people have found a way to do it with their […]

Yoga v pilates: both are popular, but which would work best for you?

Increasing stress levels and growing awareness of wellbeing have contributed to the success of both forms of exercise. But their benefits depend on your body type and temperament  Photograph: PeopleImages/Getty Yoga may have taken 5,000 years to evolve into a western phenomenon, but its 21st-century profile has rocketed at lightning speed. The number of US […]

Can’t sleep? Perhaps you’re overtired

Nerina Ramlakhan remembers when her daughter was a toddler, and how if she got too tired she would be unable to switch off. “There was a healthy level of tiredness,” she says. “But if she went beyond that, she would be running on a kind of false energy. And then she wouldn’t be able to […]

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