We want it all: have fun, relax, have time to get our work done, work out, and sleep. Even though sleep is last in that order, it should be at the top of your list. Without a healthy amount of sleep, you are likely to lack or show up without the right energy for the rest of your activities. If you can’t get to sleep on time, here are some tips to help make the time you do sleep better.
If you are a coffee drinker, do your best to stay away from it after lunch. Caffeine wakes up your body and not your brain, so by taking it, you will only make yourself restless later on.
Netflix is the downfall of many procrastinators’ motivation. With the automatic queue, you can finish a whole season in a day. But when it’s time to go to bed, get rid of anything that produces a lot of light, as well as calls your attention. This will help bring the Z’s.
You should also lay off on drinks and food before bed. No one likes to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom.
The last tip is tricky. Use your internal alarm clock. When you have your routine, it’s simple. Sleep when your body is telling you to. When you sleep better, waking up is easier.
If you want your dreams to come true, get better rest so you can have the energy to make those dreams a reality. [via]
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You know how most people have an undeniable sweet tooth that sends them hurling towards cupcakes, candy, and sodas? I kind of wish I had that, but I have a salty tooth. Too many sweets or something too sweet will give me a tummy ache, along with a throbbing headache. Most people with a sweet tooth can revel in their sugary afterglow, known as a sugar high. In contrast, whenever I indulge in a salty treat, I get puffy, thirsty and bloated. If I have a salty snack any time after 5 p.m., I wake up parched with swollen fingers.
Today’s infographic challenges us to change our salty ways in less than a month. In three weeks you can change your sodium palate, which will lead to your enjoyment of less salty food, and ultimately less bloating. Learning to read and understand food labels, as well as looking for the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark on food products can keep your sodium intake at bay. Check out the three week step guide laid out below to help you change your salty ways in only 21 days! [via]
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I just returned from a wonderful trip to Freeport, Bahamas. The water was unbelievably clear, the people were friendly, and the food was delicious. Despite the fact that the Bahamas is an island, I didn’t notice an abundance of fruits or vegetables there. In fact, for the four days I was visiting, I did not eat a single fruit or vegetable! The health nut in me was going crazy! So I had to get by eating a variety of fried fish with fries or rice (first world problems). Keep in mind I NEVER eat this way. Aside from feeling sluggish and tired, my face has totally broken out after four days of eating fried foods. In a desperate attempt to combat this, I have resorted to shocking my body with nutrients via juicing for the next week.
Thankfully, my employer provides lunch for its employees. One of the meal options I have is cold pressed juices. Confused as to what a “cold pressed” juice was, and why it was better for me, led me to search for today’s infographic. Turns out, the high speeds used in a centrifugal juicer create heat, which ultimately leads to the destruction of useful nutrients and enzymes found in the fruit and vegetables you’re trying to juice. The low speeds created by a cold press juicer create practically no heat, so the enzymes and nutrients are saved for our ingestion. A cold pressed juicer is expensive, but it would be worth your dollar to pay extra for a cold pressed juice at your local juice place. It’s just as yummy, but it has more nutrients. Everyone wins! [via]
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So what do you know, music isn’t just inane sonic prettiness. It has scientifically proven, tangible rewards. Now, I know this may not be groundbreaking news to you, and honestly, a few of these are things most of us just kind of just assumed to be true. It’s comforting to be reassured that we’re not living in a fictitious wonderland where music is just a happiness placebo we were all tricked into liking. On the other hand, improved heart health as a benefit is pretty wild. Maybe that’ll help put my mind at ease when I reminisce about how everything my grandmother fed to me growing up was fried in bacon grease.
One thing I think is particularly interesting though is how there is zero emphasis on a certain type of music being more effective, and there are just so many types. Everyone has their own taste and some people consume a lot more than others, but everyone likes at least something, right? The best music is your favorite music, and your favorite music connects you to something that nothing else can. Maybe you don’t need to be told that “good music” is all just a matter of opinion, but look at the comments of any music video on YouTube and you will never fail to find someone standing on their objective pedestal arguing that this song is garbage. Maybe it is. Truth be told, it’s probably all garbage, but the highest bidder at the junkyard auction defines it’s value, not the person who threw it out.
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Google is the mother of the Internet. I use Google everyday, and I’m sure many of you do the same. It is the place you go to ask questions. Don’t know how to cook chicken? Google it. Trying to find the perfect birthday present for your spouse’s father? Google it. Want to use Yahoo as your search engine? GTFO and Google it instead.
Google is great for everything, but it is particularly useful for asking those questions that we’d rather not ask our peers. Below is an infographic that sheds some light on the privacy of Google users. They never thought this stuff would come back to haunt them, but it did. So if you’ve ever Googled any of this stuff, know that the rest of us are laughing at you. I hope you feel embarrassed, freak. JK. I Google weird stuff, too.
But I can honestly say with 100% certainty that I have never Googled, “Am I pregnant?” If you’re uncertain about being pregnant, I hope you know that although Google is pretty awesome, it cannot tell you if you are pregnant. I am curious though… I wonder what the male to female ratio on that search is.
Also, “How to sext,” is a fairly popular search, which means that every month, at least 22,200 people are trying to do the nasty over text messages. Which leads me to assume that if they have to search for tips on sexting, then they don’t know how regular sex works, and I would suggest that they Google that first.
The point is, people search for weird s**t. I urge you to keep googling your weird thoughts though, because then we can have more awesome infographics like this. [Search Factory]