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Rejuvenate Your Life this Spring

Spring can be a difficult time of the year for a lot of people. Whether you’re spring cleaning, studying for those final exams, or taking care of the kids, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and focus on improving your own life in addition to others, so check out these 8 simple ways you can change your life! If you have a regular exercise routine, then branch out and try something new like kayaking or canoeing! Spring is a fantastic time of the year to begin water activities because the weather won’t be gruelingly hot and…

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Did Sleep Heavily Impact Our Evolution?

A new study in the journal PLOS ONE theorizes that healthy sleep could have been a key part in human evolution. While it sounds like a sound theory, how could one prove this? In the latest study, scientists are measuring the “stiffness and bending strength” of seven different trees most commonly slept in by chimps in Uganda’s Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve. From National Geographic: “Of the 1,844 chimpanzee nests studied, 73.6 percent were made from a study tree called a Ugandan ironwood – even though that species made up only 9.6 percent of trees in a survey of the region.” This…

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How Sleep Disturbances Can Prompt Alzheimer’s

Sleep disturbances can be caused by a variety of circumstances, such as insomnia, stress, and work. Sleep deficiency is linked to a number of health problems, and have been known to aggravate pre-existing conditions. Researchers are now beginning to suspect that constant sleep disruptions may trigger early onset of Alzheimer’s. Researchers from Temple University conducted an 8 week study using mice with transgenic DNA from humans. Once the mice were 14 to 15 months old (50 to 60 in human years), they began to exhibit learning and memory complications. Particularly amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles, which are big trademarks…

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Mattress Evolution

marshall coilmarshall coil Most of us spend a good deal of time sleeping on a mattress. However, despite their ubiquitous nature, the history and evolution of the mattress is seldom discussed. In some ways, the history of bedding gives us insight into how we value our sleep and rest. The modern coil spring mattress was likely introduced in the mid-19th century. In the year 1900, Mr. James Marshall invented and patented the famous Marshall Coil, which was placed inside a pocket…

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Athletes Understand the Importance of Sleep

How important is sleep? If you ask Manchester United’s players, they’ll tell you it is important enough that the team has decided to monitor their sleep as part of their rigorous training program. Premier League football, better known as soccer in the states, is a sport of skill, talent, and lots of endurance. Having a body that is ready to slide-tackle an opponent all begins with a healthy, awake body. Performance is often measured by the smallest of increments, where a little edge can be attained when a person’s entire daily scheduled is analyzed 24 hours a day. For Manchester…

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Teenage Sleeping Challenges

teen sleeping mediumteen sleeping medium Sleep is critical for the brain. It’s when the body rejuvenates, heals and important functions within the body occur. Sleep deprivation is not only unhealthy it can be deadly when applied under some circumstances, such as driving. Sleep patterns in adolescence is often misunderstood; it is not uncommon for a teenager to be unable to fall asleep before 11pm in some cases. A young body is different than an older one and needs special attention to address sleep needs. Teenagers…

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Foods That Beautify Your Skin

Skin is our largest organ, so it’s crucial that we do our best to take care of it. Like all the other organs in our body, our skin is a reflection of what we eat. It makes sense that when our skin becomes problematic, it could be attributed to our diet. Below is a list of foods and a recipe that are healthy and will give you a glowing complexion! Spinach Spinach contains high levels of vitamin A and C. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant that stops premature aging and cell damage. Stinging Nettles Nettles are fantastic at aiding…

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A Good Night’s Sleep Keeps the Brain Healthy

Recent research reveals that sleep may be essential to the health of the brain. In an attempt to better understand how lack-of-sleep may damage the brain, Swedish researchers deprived healthy young men of a night’s sleep. The results found a higher concentration of particular molecules normally associated with brain damage. Lead investigator Christian Benedict, a sleep researcher at Uppsala’s Department of Neuroscience, says, “We observed that a night of total sleep loss was followed by increase blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B. These brain molecules typically rise in blood under conditions of brain damage.” The team’s study recruited fifteen healthy…

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A Green Workout

Many of us want to take care of our body while also taking care of our environment. By re-focusing your workout regime, you can lessen your negative impact on the environment and stay physically fit. Simple ideas such as walking to the gym instead of driving or taking a day off from the gym to do all exercising at a local park. In this manner, you reduce your reliance on your car, but still burn those calories. Here are some basic ideas to help “green” up your workouts. Walking Walking is one of the great low-impact exercises. You can walk…

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Get Some Sleep Tonight

Everyone knows the value and importance of a good night’s sleep. But sometimes it’s easier said than done. There is nothing better than waking up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day. And the opposite can be said after a night of restless tossing and turning, getting up in the morning only to wish you have even just thirty more minutes to catch some shut-eye. While there is no magic sleep-sheep that you can call upon any given night to dance across the ceiling and help you slide into dreams, there are at least several things you can do…

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