On a positive note, as we are always hearing in the media about what is bad for us, today we will have a look at something that we got confirmation on in 2008 that is actually good for us! A short nap can do wonders for your memory a study in March showed. In an experiment in Germany volunteers who were asked to memorise lists of words performed significantly better if they were allowed to have a kip in the middle of the session. Those who stayed awake throughout did not do as well! But be aware that if you find yourself nodding off inadvertently you are probably overtired and need to get some better quality sleep at night. Nodding off in this way has also been linked to a higher risk of having a stroke. One great way to do this is to do some reasonably intense exercise 3 times a week. Try not to exercise too close to bedtime, as the endorphins released during exercise may keep you awake. But exercise during the day or early evening will really improve sleeping patterns. As a personal trainer doing 25-30 sessions of home training a week plus assorted squash, badminton and kite surfing I am asleep within about 30 seconds of going to bed, so much so that I have been trying to finish “The boy i the striped pyjamas” for 3 months (it’s not a long book)but I get through about 2 pages before conking out.