Age is what we make and our feelings about growing old is how we feel on the inside, but not outside. Whether you are scared of aging or welcome it smilingly, there are many ways to keep your body healthy and your spirit feeling young. Here are 9 mistakes you might be making that are the culprits in making you age more quickly.
Co-sleeping is native to many cultures but it's a tradition that modern medicine is questioning. With the yearning for parent–child bonding and physical closeness to the young infant, co-sleeping has its fair share of takers. If this is something you do want to do, taking some precautions can make it safer for the child.
Most of us would turn to conventional sleeping pills, warm milk, soothing music, and the like to sleepily slip into dreamland. But did you know that keeping some comforting indoor plants close can help you sleep better? Well, yes. If you are you unable to sleep well, these plants help change[.....]
Insomnia is caused by stress and a disrupted sleep-wake cycle. Running lowers stress by releasing mood-lifting hormones and regulating cortisol levels. It normalizes the sleep-wake cycle by boosting the levels of sleep-inducing hormones like serotonin, growth hormone–releasing hormone, and thyroid. The post-running drop in the core body temperature also makes you feel sleepy.
Think of an inviting bed and, invariably, you'll have visions of soft, downy pillows waiting for you to sink into. When it comes to getting a good night’s rest, your pillow may have a bigger role to play than you'd imagine. The number of pillows you use and the kind you choose may be responsible for some of the inexplicable aches you’ve been having. While your pillow choice should be one that keeps your spine in as neutral a position as possible, not all pillows can do that for everyone. In fact, each person in the family may need a different kind of pillow, and some may not need them at all from a health perspective at least.
A moderate exposure to sunlight reduces your risk of stroke, autoimmune diseases and at the same time boosts the vit. D intake which is essential for optimal bone health. It also triggers the release of hormones in your brain. The serotinin hormone helps uplift your mood and prevent seasonal affective disorder, while melatonin regulates the body's sleep-wake cycle.
Maintain the natural curves of your spine while you sleep to reduce the strain on your neck, back, and knees. Do this by sleeping on your back with your head slightly raised or by curling on your side with a pillow between your knees. The latter is recommended for pregnant women and those who have sleep apnea. Ayurveda advises against sleeping on your tummy and with your head toward the north.
Your body temperature should drop 0.5° for you to fall asleep. Sleeping naked helps heat from your core dissipate quickly from your skin, allowing you to sleep sooner. It helps calorie-burning by boosting brown fat levels, improves metabolism, prevents foul body odor, and improves sperm quality. But don't go bare if you have with sensitive skin, declining muscle mass , or low basal metabolic rate.
Eat protein-rich foods like lean meat and casein shake to burn more calories. You should sleep for at least 7 hours to keep your cortisol levels low and your appetite in check. So also have tryptophan foods like turkey and melatonin foods like cherries, both of which improve sleep quality. Avoid fatty food, sweets, ice creams, caffeine, and frozen food in the evening. Meditate or relax to calm your nerves for good sleep.
Nocturia might not always be an outcome of an urological problem and affects both sexes. Excess fluid consumption closer to bedtime, diabetes medications, water retention due to edema, age-related decline in kidney function, obstructive sleep apnea, and an overactive bladder are common causes. Control fluid and salt intake, take bladder relaxants, and treat underlying medical issues.
Insomnia is an outcome of disruption in the body's ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles, typically caused by chronic stress and deterioration in immunity, metabolism and hormonal balance. Ashwagandha does not act as a sedative - instead, it reduces stress, improves vitality and makes the body more robust and active, thereby helping restore the body's natural mechanisms to regulate sleep. 2 tsp (200–400 mg) of Ashwagandha extract a day is safe and effective to treat insomnia.
The brain of a lonely individual registers feelings of threat and pain signals that are similar to real physical pain and danger. Unaccompanied lonely people are more likely to have an early death caused by stroke, heart attacks or other complications. The feeling of loneliness raises the risk of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by 64% and causes disturbances in sleep.
Vatas should wake by 6 am, have breakfast by 8 am, lunch at 11 am–12 pm, and supper by 6 pm, and sleep at 10 pm, lying on their back. Pittas should wake up by 5.30 am, have breakfast at 7.30 am, lunch at 12 pm, and supper by 7 pm. They should sleep by 11 pm on the right. Kaphas should wake up by 4.30 am and sleep by 12 am on their left. They should have breakfast by 7 am, lunch by 1 pm, and supper by 8 pm.
To 1 cup of Milk add 1 tbsp chopped dates, 2 tsp chopped almonds, 1 tbsp coconut meat or flakes, ½ tsp saffron (1/2 tsp), 1-2 tsp ghee, 1/8th tsp cardamom, 1/8tsp of shatavari or Ashwagandha and bring it to a boil slowly. Take it off heat and add 1 tsp raw honey. Drink 1 cup of this hot milk every night for 3 months to get deep restful sleep.
Blend 1 lemon, 1 cucumber, 1 tbs grated ginger, 1 tbs of aloe vera juice, a bunch of cilantro/parsley and ½ glass of water until smooth and drink before bedtime. This drink boosts your metabolism rate and burn fat as you sleep. Cucumber and lemon flush fat and toxins respectively, while ginger eases digestion and parsley/cilantro is rich in antioxidants.
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