This looks like the drink for me
This looks like the drink for me
1. Researchers from South Australia’s Flinders University analized data of 68,000 people in 64 countries and found that taking an extra 3500 steps and spending an addition 45 minutes on the move each day resulted in weight loss of about 1.5kgs. This program needs to be done for 100 days to see the result. Not so bad eh?
2. Starting a Journal – To be calmer, more organized and reach your goals then start Journaling. According to researchers it will help you with all these aims in life. Just jot down 5 things to be grateful for each day, keep jotting down the goals you want to reach and read them each night before sleep. It has been proven that it will help with better sleeping and calmer approach to life.
3. To know your heart rate when exercising can help find the so called ‘Sweet Spot’ for your health benefit. The target is 50-70 percent of your maximum heart rate which is usually 220 beats per minute minus your age. The Cleveland Clinic in the USA says a fitness tracker is a good option to monitor this.
4. Eating Chocolate quite frequently can boost your visual-spatial memory, working memory and abstract reasoning among other mental benefits. This I read in the Australian Courier Mail newspaper and it sounds good to me. They did not say where the information came from so just eat away.
5. Research has shown that men who took Ginkgo Biloba, 76% reported an increase in their sexual function and erections.
6. 59% of people who say others become more attractive when they play songs they love. Source – The Music makes it home study
I know I have written on this subject many times but have not come up with 30 ideas to get a good nights sleep. Even if just one of them works then I have done my job.
I will tell you which ones I have used that do or do not work. As we have been told lack of sleep can contribute to obesity, diabetes, and a chronic bad attitude, and losing a job because of it.
These ideas come from a website call the ‘Greatest‘ it has some really good articles.
27 Ways to Get A Good Nights sleep.
This is a diagram of the points to tap and if you click on the picture you can go to the website that will tell you more about it. This is worth it.
4. Chew some magnesium – I take a magnesium tablet but pumpkin seeds are good. Consume either 30 minutes before you go to bed.
5. Chamomile tea – Try it if you like it. I don’t.
6. Exercise – If you do this regularly it can reduce anxiety and improve sleep for those who suffer from insomnia. It has been proven another benefit from physical activity is that exercise is a form of meditation and can relax the mind while you are doing exercise and you are not concentrating on the things that stress you out. Especially if you are exercising to music which I believe you cannot be stressed and listen to your favorite songs.
7. Work out early in the day – Yep I do this 5 days a week. I believe that it is better not to do too much exercise late in the after noon. Maybe a small walk but for me if I do rigorous exercise late in the afternoon gives me an adrenaline boost and peps me up for hours and I find it hard to go to sleep.
8. Power nap during the day – Works for me.
9. Bedroom for bedroom activities – Sleeping and sex nothing else. No TV, no computers, no phones, no business talk.
10. Snuggly environment – Spend a little extra on 800 thread sheets for summer, fluffy warm sheets for winter. Get that perfect mattress. Find the perfect pillows. Works for me.
11. Keep the bedroom cool – They say the best temperature is about 60 to 75 degrees. Not too cold. If it’s too cold I need a woolly hat on as my head gets cold. Not a sexy look I might add.
12. Try to get at least 7 hours sleep a night – 8 is better – Research shows that not sleeping enough can be linked to insulin resistance and of course diabetes.
13. Take a hot shower or bath – This helps the mind and body to relax. The rise and fall of body temperature induces sleepiness.
14. Try to have a wake up time – This for me depends on what time I go to the gym. I always wake up early even in the weekends when I have no reason to get up. Always wake up with the sun.
15. Make up for lost sleep – This I have heard makes no difference but in my case if I have had a late night the night before I find I am in bed a little earlier the next night or I have a nanny nap during the day
16. Keep the caffeine drinks to the morning – Not a good idea before bed.
17. Dont Toss and Turn – They say get up for 10 minutes, go to the loo or go have a cup of warm milk or glass of water and go back to bed. Another idea is pick up your favorite magazine and look at some nice homes or fashion something to take you mind off what is making you toss and turn.
18. Medication check – Check you medication it may be making you sleepless. If so go see the doctor and get it changed. I don’t take medication so that is not my problem.
19. Pets on the floor – Don’t have your pet on the bed sleeping with you as the chances it is what could be disturbing you. Make sure your pet has a nice comfortable bed on the floor and make sure he or she understands they are not welcome on the bed. I know its hard to do but once they are in the habit you will both be happy and you will not get grouchy with it.
20. Sleeping tracker – If you do have to have your smartphone in the bedroom or you could get one of those fitbit watches you are able to track your sleeping patterns. This can show you what may be disturbing your snooze time. I believe they are very good.
21. Listen to soothing music – You are able to get sound tracks of things like rivers, oceans, wind any thing that may make you feel peaceful and nod off to sleep. You can get that sort of gadget on Amazon
22. Sniff of Lavender – works well. I put a few drops on my pillow of pure lavender oil or spray what ever I have at the time, every night.
23. Muscle relaxation – Now this works but takes a bit of concentration – You need to start with the feet and work your way up your body. Often by then you fall asleep. The idea is to tighten your muscle then relax. Like tighten your muscles in the feet for a few seconds then relax. Tighten the muscles in the calf of your leg then relax etc etc till you get to the head. By that time the chances are you are snoring.
24. Breath – Now this does work – well most of the time – I find by the time I focus on 4 deep slow breaths if am ready for sleep. I do this often with success. Actually if there is any for of anxiety you are facing even if you are not in bed a deep breath really helps to calm the nerves
25. Dim the lights – Any bright lights will disturb your sleep. If you have any electronics in the room turn them off at the wall. Especially if they are a ‘blue light’ they will cause disturbance in your sleep.
26. Sunlight your best friend – Make sure you get some sunlight during the day. sunlight keeps daytime fatigue at bay, leading to more sleepiness at bedtime. That good old Vitamin D the natural way is a must and good for you in moderation.
27. Shut that Computer down – Artificial lights from computers, TVs, and cell phones might make it more difficult for the body to understand when it’s time to wind down. Try reading.
28. Drink something warm – Before you go to bed have some warm milk or milk and chocolate. Or just dark chocolate that sometimes helps.
29. Dream a little – This also works for me – I have a place that I go to when I am having trouble going to sleep. I visualize the sand and the track and the bushes on the way to my favorite beach. I visualize the waves the fish in the waves etc etc and off to La La land I go.
30. Wine – Glass of red before bed works for me
2. Gout is the only arthritis where there is clear scientific evidence that a change in diet may help relieve the condition.
3. A 25 year study from the University of Michigan has found that the generation X men are more involved in all aspects of meal preparation from grocery shopping to cooking that their dads were. Modern men cook about eight meals a week and buy groceries more than once a week say researchers
4. According to US scientists the key ingredient in garlic is 100 times more powerful than two popular antibiotics at fighting one of the leading causes of food poisoning. Tests found that a compound in garlic can pierce the protective biofilm employed by the bug, which makes it harder to destroy. Researchers also found the compound works faster than the antibiotics. The discovery could lead to new treatments for raw and processed meats and food preparation surfaces which would reduce incidences of Campylobacter food poisoning – One of the most common food borne illnesses in the world.
1. People with moles on their skin live longer.
This I find amazing. According to Veronique Bataille, who led the study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention said that moley people who have a slightly increased risk of melanoma, on the other hand have the benefit of a reduced rate of ageing. A study comparing more than 1,800 twins has found that those with more moles on their skin have longer telomeres – a marker of biological ageing found in all cells. You can read more about this, just go to the source below.
SOURCE: NZ Herald
2. When filming summer scenes in winter, actors suck on ice cubes.
Just before the camera rolls – it cools their mouths so their breath doesn’t condense in the cold air.
3. The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream..
It isn’t entirely clear to scientists why this is the case, but if you are opposed to having nightmares you might want to keep yourself a little toastier at night.
4.The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Scientists have yet to agree on exactly, on the storage capacity of the brain. In electronic terms it is thought to be between 3 or even 1,000 terabytes. The National Archives of Britain with over 900 years of history only takes up 70 terabytes.
5. The ashes of a cremated person average about 9 pounds.
A big part of what gives the human body weight is the water trapped in our cells. Once cremated, that water and a majority of our tissues are destroyed, leaving little behind.
6. If you ate too many carrots you would turn orange..
If you have eaten more than 3 carrots in a day (> 34,000 IU), you have probably saturated your body’s ability to store vitamin A over a short time and so it shows up as an orange tint on your skin.