| Does having a purpose in life make you sleep easy?
How well do you sleep at night? Poor sleep is known to increase the risk of developing serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, and to shorten life expectancy. Yet the average person in the UK is under-sleeping by about an hour a night, losing the equivalent of an entire night’s sleep a week, according to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
Now, in the first research of its kind, US scientists have found that having a purpose in life results in improved sleep quality. “Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-free strategy to improve sleep quality, particularly for a population that is facing more insomnia,” said senior author Jason Ong, an associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Illinois. In the new study 823 people between the ages of 60 and 100 answered a 10-question survey on purpose in life and a 32-question survey on sleep.
Those who felt their lives had meaning were 63 percent less likely to have sleep apnea and 52 percent less likely to have restless leg syndrome. They also had moderately better sleep quality, a global measure of sleep disturbance. Read more about the sleep survey.
A simple text for your worldly possessions?
Did you know that around 40% of people die without making a will? According to the Law Commission one of the reasons for this surprising statistic is the formality it involves. The Commission believes present rules concerning wills are outdated and need to be brought into the “modern world”.
Under a radical overhaul of inheritance laws being proposed by the Law Commission, texts, emails and voicemails could be considered as a valid will by the courts.
This means the family of a car crash victim who did not make a will could apply to have the content they sent in a text message, email or voice recording recognised as a last testament. Proposals also include a call for the legal age to write a will to be lowered from 18 to 16, and a new mental capacity test which takes into account conditions such as dementia.
The Law Commission believes that more people (including the seriously ill and less able) will make wills if they are allowed to use electronic documents and audio/audio-visual recordings. However, it also admits that dissatisfied relatives may be tempted to sift through a huge number of texts, emails and other records in order to find some evidence that could be positioned as a will.
Archives for July 2017
|How old will you be when you retire?
Are you looking forward to your twilight years, travelling the world, playing more golf, or just pottering? If so it might be the case that you have to wait a little longer. The World Economic Forum recently said that employees should continue working until 70 in nations such as the UK, US, Japan and Canada where life expectancy will rise above 100 by 2050. In the UK, the state pension age is due to rise from 65 in 2018 to 68 by 2046 and a report for the Department for Work and Pensions earlier this year has suggested that workers under 30 may not get a state pension until they are 70.
The Forum’s report, We’ll Live to 100 – How Can We Afford It, said that governments should make it easier for workers to save for their retirement. It praised the auto-enrolment reforms in the UK, whereby more than six million British workers have now been automatically signed up to a pension savings scheme. However, the Forum has also said: “There is no one ‘silver bullet’ solution to solve the retirement gap. Individuals need to increase their personal savings and financial literacy, while the private sector and governments should provide programmes to support them.” If you haven’t built up a decent pension pot yet, it’s never too late to start – especially if you are hoping to travel the world aged 100 or more…
Flexible working in finance
This month we have been inspired by this LinkedIn article from Rhiannon Phillips, a qualified Chartered Accountant and Finance Director of a PE backed food business. She takes us through her career path – from being very career-minded, to having a family, getting back to work and rediscovering her passion.
She offers some useful de-stressing tips to those with a family who are working in finance and hoping to work more flexibly. These include not scanning your work emails during non-work days and to remind yourself that if you are not around, there is probably someone else who can answer the same query in an emergency. She also says:
“I have no idea why women (and men too) feel so guilty when we have to leave early to pick up a child, but we do. Don’t say ‘I am sorry I have to pick up my son’, say ‘I am going to pick up my son, I will pick this up later’. It takes guts to do it, and it might not be as dramatic as throwing yourself in front of a horse for the women’s vote, but I believe it is just as important to advance women’s professional lives.”
|Take your dog to work!
Friday June 24th is ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’. As well as being lots of fun for dog lovers, there are also associated health benefits – and your dog will most likely have a great day too.
Benefit 1: Stay active – take your dog for toilet breaks and a lunchtime walk – it gives you a good reason to step away from your desk and get a breath of fresh air/boost your step count for the day.
Benefit 2: Stay calm – A study in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management found that dogs in the workplace have a calming influence and reduce stress levels.
Benefit 3: Stay happy – Virginia Commonwealth University has praised dogs for their positive impact at work, boosting morale and employee performance.
The top 5 reasons to outsource recruitment
In times of austerity and cut-backs it is often tempting for organisations to try and recruit new staff themselves without the help of a recruitment consultancy. However, here are five reasons why it pays to invest in working with Sue Rees Associates and why choosing not to is simply false economy.