Longevity Linked with Sleep

Studies at UNiversity College of London, have found and proven that sleep deprived people age faster than those that catch enough Zzzzz’s. This new study has determined that lack of sleep will actually age the brain. Researchers asked study participants on average how much sleep they get each night, then reconnected with those same people and asked them 5 years later how much sleep they got on average. The people whose sleep actually decreased showed signs of age more than those who got enough sleep. The sleep deprived had a mental deficiency decline during cognitive testing that was equal to four to seven years of aging. Sleep regenerates neurons in the brain enabling the brain to function optimally. So how much sleep do people need in general? Six to eight hours is Key to great mental health.

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Open Secrets To Young-Looking Skin

There are lots of ways to defy skin aging, such as purchasing expensive creams, getting surgical treatments, and more. But do you know that just sticking religiously to the basics can help you have younger looking skin for a much longer time? Here’s a reminder again of some of the bare necessities to achieve young looking skin.

1. Wear sunscreen! Health professionals, skin experts, beauty bloggers can’s stress it enough: these days, it’s not healthy anymore to go out without wearing sunscreen. So make sure you slather some SPF 15 on your face before heading out.

2. Lessen exposure to the sun. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, avoid direct exposure to sunlight. They say that if you want to look ten years older in no time at all, just expose yourself to sunlight for hours on end. Of course you wouldn’t want that.

3. Don’t smoke or stay near smoking people. Smoke totally dehydrates skin, sucking out the moisture and youthfulness of the skin.

4. Get regular sleep. Sleep deficiency will make your skin look stressed and tired all the time.

5. Eat a lot of fruits and nutritious food! The more healthy, antioxidant-loaded, and nutrient-filled you are, the more glowing your skin will be. Remember that what you take in (or not take in) will always reflect on how you look.

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Travertine Spa Linen Spray

A few posts back, I suggested some ways on how you can sleep better. I mentioned trying to sleep to the scent of lavender oil as studies have shown that the scent of lavender can induce sleepiness and a better rest. The good news is that every night, you can actually enhance the lavender scent in your sleeping area by spritzing your bed linens with a great scented linen spray like the Travertine Spa Linen Spray in lavender. For just $12.00, you not only enhance your slumber, you can also add a lot of a romance to your bedroom!

This linen spray is part of Travertine’s extravagant Spa Essentials collection. For more information you can check out their site at www.travertinespa.com.

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Having a hard time sleeping?

Isn’t it so irritating when you really need to sleep for a long day tomorrow but for some reason you can’t doze off? Here are just some methods that may help to fall asleep just when you need it most.

1. Wear an eye-mask. Do you know that even the dimmest light sources like a post light outside or the screen of an alarm clock can be sleep obstructers? Our brains can detect light even when our eyes are closed so it helps to wear a soft, dark eye-mask to totally block out any light.

2. Take a warm bath. A drop in body temperature caused by a warm shower tells your system that it’s time to cool down, rest, and sleep. In addition, taking a short shower before sleep relaxes you and sets you in that mood to snooze.

3. Sniff some lavender. Studies have shown that the scent of lavender can induce sleepiness and a deeper rest. So make sure you have some lavender oils by your bedside.

Know more sleep inducers?

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Reduce Wrinkles

image As we age, we start to worry more and more about wrinkles and aging. The worry about the wrinkles can often cause wrinkles itself. Many wrinkles come along with age, but some we often help out.

Squinting can cause repetitive facial movements that will form a ridge beneath the skin by overworking your muscles. This eventually leaves a wrinkle. If you have to squint, look into getting glasses. Glasses are far better a fashion statement than wrinkles.

Who would have thought that you can be enabling wrinkling while you sleep?! It’s a sad truth that those face lines you see when you awake, don’t all fade through the day. Side and face down lead to increased face wrinkles, it is best to sleep on back. For those of us just getting this crucial information, too lateSad, try a wrinkle cream to help fill those lines.

Don’t over wash your face. Washing your face with tap water strips the skin of nutrients. When you do wash, don’t use normal soap. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser or soap containing a moisturizer.

Things that you eat can also affect your skin. It was found that cocoa will actually lead to healthier feeling and looking skin. Soy, so popular these days, can help protect and firm the skin. Salmon assists in maintaining great skin. It contains omega-3, a fatty acid, that nourishes skin. Eating Salmon will keep skin plump and youthful.

You will also want to remember the old rituals of no smoking, moisturizing and sunscreen. Mother Nature is already gearing up to give you wrinkles, don’t help her out. Take care of your skin, you only get one shot at it.

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Preventing Back Pain

It’s a known fact that as we grow older, our bones turn brittle and become weaker. One of the first manifestations of this is back pain. Just how can we slow down the process and be more productive without dealing with aches in the back? Here are a few tips given by experts that you may find useful.

1. Watch your weight. Being overweight can cause a lot of back problems because the spine has to counterbalance a lot of extra weight, particularly in the front midsection or the belly area. Women who have too large for comfort breasts may also experience back issues. So remember to keep your weight at a normal level. More than protecting you against major diseases in your later years, keeping your weight balanced also saves you from a lot of present back pain.

2. Slow down, brake and rest. Do you know that long car rides can damage your lower back? This is because the constant body vibration caused by speed and bumps affects your lower back and heightens risk of pain. It is important to slow down when the road gets rough because speed magnifies the effect of bumps. If you’re in for a long drive, remember to stop once in a while, rest, and stretch your body.

3. Relax. Studies around the globe have shown that a lot of back pain is caused by tremendous amount of stress and pressure. It is vital to take time to relax and do away with work or personal issues that cause you a lot of stress. Exercise, go to spas and have a massage, and do other things that you know relieve you and soothe your body tensions.

4. Sleep in the proper way. When you sleep, do not lie on your stomach because it causes your back to bend and creates a lot of pressure on your lower spine. The best positions are usually lying on your side or your back. In addition, sleeping in a bed or mattress that is not firm and flat can cause a lot of back pain. If you are currently sleeping in the same mattress you have used for many years now, it may be time to change and buy a new one. No matter how much you’ve become used to your mattress and feel comfortable in it, it may actually be the cause of some of the back pains you are experiencing.

5. Don’t smoke. Here’s another reason why you should stop smoking: cigarette smoke can reduce the flow of your blood to the spine, leading to herniation of a disk in your back. Thus, unless you want to suffer from a lot of back pain before you even reach your prime years, do away with the smokes.

Do you have more tips?

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Sleepy in the afternoon?

It’s a few minutes after lunchtime. You stare at your computer screen, trying to read and comprehend all the letters and words and figures. Suddenly, everything becomes woozy and blurry, you feel your eyes are getting heavy, and your head seems to want to fall off. You want a nap.

Of course, it’s not always as simple as can be. In the comfort of your home, you can take a nap all you want. But when in the office, school, or in a meeting, there are certain factors to consider. For one, there are your work tasks waiting for you to take on them one by one. In school, there’s that big exam or paper that you need to stay awake for – even if the dullness of the library practically commands you to doze off. And even if you’re in an office that allows a few minutes of afternoon siesta, it’s a bit uncomfortable sleeping in a public place.

The truth is, most people want to take a nap or a bit of sleep in the afternoon. It maybe that lunch meal we loved a little too much, the lack of proper sleep last night, or simply exhaustion with all the morning tasks. Well, if you’re one nap lover, do you know that there are actually benefits to it aside from the lovely pleasure of sleep and rest? For one, it can actually enhance alertness and mental performance. According to Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs, research shows that after a good nap and the grogginess of waking up as you adjust again to the world, people tend to have an increase in performance and in mood. Here’s even better news: according to a research in the University of Haifa, a ninety-minute daytime nap can do wonders for long-term memory. Get a more detailed explanation here.

Nevertheless, as with anything else, there are certain rules or shall we say “guidelines” to follow, and it’s not just about napping anytime of the day. For instance, one of the tips that Tim Rosanelli gave is to do it eight hours after you wake up in the morning to make sure you still sleep properly come nighttime. I think a big factor really is discipline. Sometimes it’s very tempting to indulge in two or three hour naps, but then doing so decreases our work hours and we may find ourselves staying up late in the night just to finish everything.

Still, the good news is napping is beneficial, and that we have the choice to schedule it in the best way that it will benefit us. 😉

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