I don’t know about the rest of you readers, but I always feel like I could use a little more sleep in the mornings. Even when I know that I’ve gotten enough, I usually just want a few more minutes lying down, which as it turns out might not be such a bad thing.
Today’s infographic comes to us from MercuryNews.com and shows the potential health benefits of getting a good amount of sleep, as well as the potential health hazards of an unusual amount of sleep. Americans on average get 6.9 hours of sleep per night, and when we get less than that it can bring on a number of health conditions including raised blood pressure and lowered reaction times among others.
Lack of sleep can sometimes be attributed to what you eat before bed; some things are much better than others. For instance, alcohol and spicy foods are probably not the best bedtime foods, whereas snacks like yogurt or popcorn are much better alternatives. If you’re able to find a way to get an adequate amount of sleep, though, it can really benefit you. In addition to reducing inflammation that causes heart disease and cancer, it can reduce stress and heighten memory.
For more information on the benefits of a good night’s sleep check out the infographic below. [Via]Share This Infographic
I will admit that I felt extremely deceived when I found out that the Girl Scout cookies we all know and love have different names depending on where they are baked/what region they are served to. Having said that, there is no denying their crack-like affect on the entire U.S. population that has us so consumed by their magic we save the precious leftovers in freezers and buy over $714,000,000 worth in cookies.
This infographic has a lot of great components; from history to cool facts, this infographic feeds your hungry mind. It also gets you thinking… why did they discontinue the cookies of the past? I definitely wish I could have tried the Iced Berry Piñatas. But, what can I say? I am a strawberry girl.
Although there is a lot of criticism on the ideals of and actions taken in the Scouts in the U.S. of A., I personally have not been educated on the issue. But, no matter one’s standing, there is no denying the goodness of Girl Scout cookies. Hope y’all fill up on some this season! Have a wonderful Sunday! [via]
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Wow! Today’s infographic starts off with a bang: In less than thirty years, 75% of cars will be driven by computers. Yeah, holy crap I did not think this technology would be available in my life time, but as a commuter this is amazing news.
Driving is dangerous, stressful, tiring and expensive – soon a robot will deal with all of that. Imagine going out to the bar.
“Who’s going to DD?”
“Oh, no worries, my robot car will drive us home!”
The autonomous cars that Google is working on are amazing and surprisingly safe. Google says we’ll be driving in them in less than five years from now. I don’t know if I believe that one, but if that’s true I’m sure it will be an expensive ride or tour around the city. I can’t seem to imagine our current government and society to embrace autonomous cars. It seems like too many things can go wrong and there would be nothing the passengers could do to help.
I know the technology is still in a testing period and will only improve. I’m really looking forward to self-driving cars and I believe it is just the beginning of the robot apocalypse. [Via]Share This Infographic
For the past year, I have taken red meat and chicken out of my diet. I quite cold turkey, and it wasn’t hard really. I suppose knowing that a meatless life equaled a healthier one helped motivate me to say no to the meat. However, in order to still get some protein into my diet, I continue to eat fish. However, that got me thinking, just how bad are farm bred fish?
Today’s infographic gives a really great over view of what goes into wild and farm bred salmon. While I’m aware that all food these days contain pesticides and chemicals, I am saddened to see that farm salmon does indeed contain chemicals. I wonder how our bodies would benefit from ingesting pure, organic foods, free of pesticides and chemicals? Perhaps another New Years challenge can be to try and eat organic. I’m sure all of our bodies will benefit from it! [via]Share This Infographic
The times they are a-changin. Ten years ago, in 2002, as a young middle schooler, I would sit on my parent’s computer waiting for the dial-up internet to, well, dial. Now, in early 2013, I sit on my laptop typing away on the internet. Which moves faster than light. Today, there are 2.27 billion internet users, 555 million websites and pages load in a meager 6 seconds.
What difference does a decade make? A decade can change everything. The scene has changed and businesses have adapted. Well, they have adapted or crashed and burned. Companies who refuse to embrace the digital age have struggled. As the internet adapts, smart companies stay ahead of the curve and use the advancements to their advantage. Stay connected, stay relevant. Here’s to another ten years, full of progress! [Via]Share This Infographic