Thick curtains or blackout blinds can also help induce sleep

1) Knowledge is power Key restorative processes take place while we are asleep, yet a survey last year revealed one-third of Irish people get fewer t(...)

New political movements, such as French president Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche, are disparaged for their intellectual vacuity – until they win. Photograph: Charles Platiau via AP

If the worst thing that can happen to a new project is to be ignored, a party of the British centre ground has a chance, after all. The latest people(...)

Fr Alex Reid gives last rites to one of the two soldiers murdered. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Thirty years ago, I rang Ian Paisley on a Sunday. That afternoon, everything seemed bleak and hopeless – following dreadful days that had seen the Gib(...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: she  announced that the British government would consider “different arrangements” to devolution until an executive is restored.  Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

Laws and treaties are rarely repealed, annulled or loudly declared dead. They simply lapse into abeyance and fade away. The same is now happening in c(...)

  British foreign secretary Boris Johnson: he has suggested the Irish Border could be monitored in the same way the London congestion charge is but it would take a vast infrastructure to cover the 110 million annual trips across 300 different border crossings. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Many Unionist politicians are people of deep faith. After this week’s momentous European Union proposal for a legal text on Britain’s withdrawal from (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting  in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday, February 23rd. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The keenest students of successful politicians are often the successors of their defeated opponents. Tony Blair served his political apprenticeship w(...)

Road sign in front of Parliament Buildings at Stormont: political parties must have a concept of the common good as well as their own self-interest. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

It is truly depressing to consider that 20 years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement we are once more looking at a breakdown in a tortuous set (...)

Winding down an hour before bed, sleeping in a cool bedroom and keeping a routine could help you get a good night's sleep

Evenings are something of a rush for Megan Hobbs. The 29-year-old solicitor doesn’t finish work until 6.30pm and it takes her 45 minutes to travel hom(...)

 Gilbert & George after receiving their medals at the Royal Academy of Arts in May. The election of two people as one artist member is the first of its kind in the history of the Academy. Photograph:  Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

The White Cube Gallery in southeast London has hosted plenty of openings in its time, but they wouldn’t usually be filmed for Sky News. Such hectic sc(...)

In a word . . . Gimp

What a day! Little Christmas. Women’s Christmas. Orthodox Christmas Eve. Feast of the Epiphany. It hardly seems fair that January 6th should be so end(...)

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