Whenever you lie down for those "forty winks," "cat nap," or a "good night's rest," there's plenty happening in your body as it dials down. From the dreams of the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep stage to the deep restorative and most restful sleep of stage 3 and 4 NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep, the body changes the frequency and amplitude of its brain waves in each sleep stage. As a result, your eye movement, heart rate, and even blood pressure change too!
Our pets are often the best part of our lives, and can impact our family dynamics immensely. Their ability to love and care for us unconditionally sets them apart, and our lives change drastically when we decide to adopt a pet. In fact, a National Pet Owner survey that was conducted in[.....]
When you first adopted your pet, you probably tried to enforce a ‘no-jumping-on-bed’ rule. And failed miserably. Most pets love cuddling with their owners at night and we’re powerless to resist. But while snuggling with your pet can be your favorite bedtime ritual, is it actually safe? This depends on[.....]
With endless demands on our time and our addiction to electronics, we're not sleeping long enough or well enough to function optimally when we're awake. Sleep deprivation contributes to heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and hormonal imbalances. Lack of sleep has also been proven to diminish workplace productivity and promote risky and unsafe behaviors like drowsy driving which puts us and others at risk.
Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain and tenderness to touch that may occur all over the body or migrate to various parts of the body. It mainly causes pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Along with other symptoms, pain and tenderness increase and decrease over time. Fibromyalgia affects people physically, mentally and socially. Pain, fatigue, skin problems are some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Burning sandalwood incense stick releases a fragrant, woodsy odor. It doubles as a safer alternative to chemical air fresheners. The aroma has been seen to relieve stress and anxiety in breast cancer patients. It can also improve the sleep quality and lower systolic blood pressure. The aroma of sandalwood has been seen to hasten wound healing as well. However, to protect your lungs, don’t burn incense every day or in a closed space.
Constant yawning means that you’re not getting enough sleep. This will harm your immunity, appetite, and fertility while increasing your obesity risk. Poor sleep quality will also cause frequent yawning. Boredom or stress may also be the culprit. Serious conditions like stroke or hypothyroidism can make you yawn too much. It might also be a warning sign of Parkinson’s disease or a migraine attack.
If nature had her way, being female should entitle you to a little extra sleep! According to research, women need about 20 minutes more of shut-eye than the average man. All that multitasking and flexibility actually means women expend more mental energy and end up using more of their brain during the day. That's why women need the extra time to restore the brain a little more too. Plus, women are also more prone to poor sleep, insomnia, and other sleep disorders, so there’s that to make up for too.
Alcohol is a sedative, but it can negatively alter neurotransmitters that control your sleep cycle. The two major ones are gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamate. Drinking also increases adenosine, which unnaturally induces sleep and harms your entire cycle. The stages of sleep become shorter when you drink, with deep sleep and REM taking the greatest hit. They’re important for proper brain function, but if you don’t get enough, your mental health may suffer.
Just 2 hours of silence boosts the production of brain cells. This strengthens the hippocampus and improves your short- and long-term memory while lowering the risk for dementia. Even 2 minutes of silence can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. And 2 minutes of silence has more stress-lowering effect than soothing music. Silence through meditation can even help insomniacs relax and sleep better.
Sleep apnea – involuntary pauses in breathing during sleep – is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Untreated sleep apnea increases one's risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity. It also leads to poor quality of sleep and daytime fatigue and drowsiness. Anyone can be affected by sleep apnea and it is usually diagnosed by a sleep specialist through a sleep study. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, breathing devices, surgery, and alternative remedies.
Unwanted weight gain can be disappointing at any age. For women, menopause is an inevitable stage in their lives, and menopause may cause undesirable weight gain, especially around the abdomen. As we age, metabolism slows down and this factor may contribute to the excess weight women gain during menopause. Women may not be able[.....]
Cat people know that felines aren’t always the aloof, uncaring pets the world makes them out to be. There is no doubt that cats certainly aren’t dogs, but they love in their own way, and for most cat owners, this is the best part. The snuggling, cuddling and purring come[.....]
Herbal teas are consumed worldwide to tackle sleep problems. Some popular herbs that are thought to help insomnia are chamomile, valerian, lemon balm, and passion flower. Ayurveda prescribes ashwagandha as a potent herb against insomnia. Scientific research has not conclusively proved the efficacy of herbal teas to combat sleeplessness. While most herbal teas are safe to drink, experts caution that people on medication should check with their medical service providers.
Do you talk during your sleep? Sleep talking, also known as somniloquy is considered a type of parasomnia, an abnormal behavior that takes place during sleep. Various factors such as stress, depression, alcohol, and sleep deprivation cause sleep talking. Apart from that, genetics and other sleep disorders may induce it. Medically, it is harmless. So, there is nothing to panic about it.
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