Andrew Coogan

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‘It’s 00.53 am. I am exhausted. My body feels leaden, battered. But my mind, cruelly, is alert and vigilant.’ Photograph: Basak Gurbuz Derman

It’s 12.53am. I am exhausted. My body feels leaden, battered. But my mind, cruelly, is alert and vigilant. I’m scanning the horizon of my consciousnes(...)

To sleep, perchance to dream? It’s not always as easy as we would like. Our recumbent position in bed increases some digestive and respiratory symptoms. Photograph: iStock

Feeling sicker, or more anxious, at night? You are not imagining it. Your body’s circadian rhythms, and a nocturnal spike in immune system activity, (...)

Cork children Olan Hanrahan (7) from Charleville, Kumail Alhlaichi (5) from Blackpool, and Alex Madden (6) from Aherla have unleashed their superpowers for the ‘Mercy Heroes’, which raises funds for POONS, the Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service. The service allows children with cancer to receive treatment from the comfort of their own home. The Mercy Hospital Foundation in Cork is holding its fundraising day on Friday, October 19th. Register at to receive a ‘Mercy Heroes’ pack full of information and ideas. Photograph: Ed Godsell and John Allen

1) Only one in seven people bring their unused, out-of-date medications back to their pharmacy, where they can be disposed of safely, according to a n(...)

Prescription: a bit of a sleep in, a morning walk, and a short nap in the late afternoon if you need it.

Children, students and lots of lucky grown-ups tend have a decent block of time off this week. After the big day is done, during that limbo before the(...)

Counteract the effects of winter by making use of the sun when you have it.

As nights draw in and the thermostat drops we all may feel inclined to withdraw indoors, but it’s still not clear what impact winter really has on our(...)

What constitutes quality sleep – baring unwelcome interruptions – is rarely discussed.

Ella Fitzgerald was right. When the First Lady of Song recorded “Tain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It”, she could have been singing about s(...)

It’s four in the morning, as the Leonard Cohen song goes. But I’m not in New York. I’m in Tesco. And I can buy a giant flatscreen TV, a washing(...)