The Why and How of a Good Sleep
One of the most essential parts of the day is a good night’s sleep. With the recent events of the quarantine that have wreaked havoc on our schedules, our sleep is the one that has to bear a major brunt.
What is the significance of sleep?
According to several surveys and reports, it is believed that while a teenager should get at least 8-10 hours of sleep daily, an adult needs 7-9 hours of the same. Good sleep not only keeps your health in check, but it also balances the body. It is during this time that the body recuperates and regains its energy. This is one of the reasons that when you are sick, the doctor recommends maximum rest for an accelerated recovery. A regulated sleep also ensures that the hormonal and neural operations of our body and well maintained. A well-rested body responds better to external physical and emotional stimuli.
If you skip your sleeping hours, you are not only tired through the day but also tend to rely on more caffeinated beverages. These create an increased awareness and tend to alter your mental functions, further affecting your sleeping cycle.
Why is it important to sleep at night?
Melatonin also called the ‘Sleep Hormone’ regulates the diurnal rhythms of the body. Released by the pineal gland located in the brain, it is the same hormone that is responsible for the colour of the skin. The production and secretion of Melatonin are controlled by light and dark. When the sun goes down and it gets darker, Melatonin is released from the gland. This causes drowsiness and tiredness, often causing you to look sleepy. If we do not sleep in time, the production of melatonin is affected. Even if you are awake during the night, melatonin is regardless produced. This impairs other bodily functions and causes hormonal imbalance. So even if you get the right amount of sleep, if you don’t do it at the right time, it all goes waste.
How to sleep well?
•Fix your sleeping schedule. Even if you are not sleepy, retire to the bed at the same time every night.
•If your sleep is interrupted before your actual time of waking up, or if you feel rested a little early, get up from the bed and start your chores. You can catch a little sleep later in the day. Nap it.
•Do not work on your bed. Let your mind associate the bed with resting. This way, every time you come to your bed, you will automatically be sleepy.
•Set an activity routine that you will follow every night before sleep. It can be a warm bath or a nice cup of herbal tea. You could read a book or pray also. This too will set your body to a pattern.
•Throw out that phone. The light from the phone is believed to cause stress. Also, avoid watching any web series right before bed. Doing so will let you relax better.
There is nothing like a good night’s sleep. It is what can make your day or break it. So the next time you think of messing up your schedule, remember you will be answerable to your head, heart and hormones.
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iPhone 12 To Be Launched At $649 (48000) Only!
Apple fanatics wait every year for the new improved apple products. The design, the look, the features- it has a certain ring to it. There are several leaks that are surfacing on the internet relating to the release of iPhone 12. We couldn’t be more excited! The company is expected to release the smartphone in the second week of October and some details about its India pricing have also surfaced online. According to a leak, the smartphone 12 mini will start at $649, with the highest price tag being $1,399 for an iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, recent reports have suggested that the new iPhone 12 series will get five and not four smartphones. The phone is expected to get a wide variety of colour options which includes Black, White, Blue, Red, Yellow and Coral.
|Phone||64 GB||128 GB||256 GB||512 GB|
|Apple 12 mini||$649||$699||$799||N/A|
|Apple 12 Pro||N/A||$999||$1,099||$1,299|
|Apple 12 Pro Max||N/A||$1,099||$1,199||$1,399|
Each iPhone 12 version will have three memory options, with the lower two going 64/128/256GB, and the more premium duo having 128/256/512GB versions. The iPhone 12 mini is said to have a 5.4” screen and cost as much as $799.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the largest and most expensive. It will start at $1,100 its basic version with 128 GB storage. The screen will have a 6.7” diagonal, which is bigger than the already massive iPhone 11 Pro Max.
- Four iPhones
- New physical design
- 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″ sizes
- Triple-lens 3D camera
- All OLED displays
- 5G connectivity
- A14 chip
- New Blue colour option
- No power adapter or EarPods
No power adapter with iPhone 12? WHAAAAT?
Apple has no plans to include a power adapter or EarPods in the box with the iPhone 12 models, letting the company cut down on production costs and packaging. Instead, Apple may offer a 20W power adapter that can be purchased separately. The USB-C to Lightning cable could get an upgrade, though, with rumours indicating Apple plans to offer a new braided cable design.
Delays due to COVID-19
iPhone 12 models will not ship out in September as usual due to delays caused by the global health crisis this year. Apple instead plans to introduce the iPhones in October, perhaps on October 13, and start shipping them out later that month. Rumours have suggested we can expect a staggered release, and some models might not come out until November.
Keeping all the excitement aside, we know that the difference with this iPhone and the rest won’t be that much. But we will still buy it because it’s a style statement. How else will all the tik-tokers and our beloved celebrities take mirror selfies?
But there’s one thing we are darn happy about- THE PRICE!
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DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion: A Respite From Handwashing
7 months into the pandemic we are still washing our hands all the time. We are doing it more than ever as we’re amidst a pandemic. Most of us are sick of it by now! Whether you have a normal skin type or sensitive skin, constantly rinsing your hands is irritating your skin now. Our hands are prone to dryness and itching. We can’t skip it altogether it will prove to be detrimental. Moreover, the World Health Organization recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds. Don’t worry we have got you covered. Apply hand cream or hand lotion to soothe your skin and make your hands super soft. Ditch those expensive hand creams and lotion from luxurious brands, make your own instead. We bring to you an easy peasy DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion Formula:
To store: You can keep it in any glass container at home or small plastic bottle to keep it in your purse. You can purchase it from Amazon or Miniso.
To make the hand lotion, you need:
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
- Essential oils: you can add essential oils to make it smell nice. If you’re going to be using this lotion while you’re out under the sun I recommend you don’t use any of the citrus essential oils. Some of my favorite combinations are:
- Vanilla and Lavender
- Vanilla and Pink Grapefruit
- Rose Otto and Vanilla
- Roman Chamomile
- Sweet Orange
- Use a hand mixer and mix the shea butter for a few minutes. Make sure it looks all fluffy.
- Then add the grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil. Mix it for a few minutes until all the ingredients are mixed well.
- Add the arrowroot powder a little at a time and mix it in until it’s not grainy.
- Then add the Aloe Vera gel. Mix it a bit more until it feels like a fluffy, soft lotion.
- It will look like this:
- Keep it in a small mason jar or transfer it to a small glass jar like this one to carry in your bag.
- Apply as often as you want.
- You can also use this lotion on your kids.
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Marijuana: How It Effects Your Mind & Body
Marijuana, weed, pot, dope, grass. They’re different names for the same drug that comes from the cannabis plant. You can smoke it, vape it, drink it, or eat it. Most folks use marijuana for pleasure and recreation. But a growing number of doctors prescribe it for specific medical conditions and symptoms.
Marijuana has mind-altering compounds that affect both your brain and body. It can be addictive, and it may be harmful to some people’s health. Here’s what can happen when you use marijuana:
It May Affect Your Mental Health
Not everyone’s experience with marijuana is pleasant. It often can leave you anxious, afraid, or panicked. Using pot may raise your chances for clinical depression or worsen the symptoms of any mental disorders you already have. Scientists aren’t yet sure exactly why. In high doses, it can make you paranoid or lose touch with reality so you hear or see things that aren’t there.
Your Thinking May Get Distorted
Marijuana can cloud your senses and judgment. The effects can differ depending on things like how potent your pot was, how you took it, and much marijuana you’ve used in the past. It might:
- Heighten your senses (colors might seem brighter and sounds might seem louder)
- Distort your sense of time
- Hurt your motor skills and make driving more dangerous
You May Get Hooked
About 1 in 10 people who use pot will become addicted. That means you can’t stop using it even if it harms your relationships, job, health, or finances. The risk is greater the younger you start marijuana and the more heavily you use it. For instance, the odds of addiction are 1 in 6 if you use pot in your teens. It might be as high as 1 in 2 among those who use it every day.
You could also grow physically dependent on marijuana. Your body could go into withdrawal, leaving you irritable, restless, unable to sleep, and uninterested in eating.
It May Impair Your Brain
Marijuana can make it harder for you to focus, learn, and remember things. This seems to be a short-term effect that lasts for 24 hours or longer after you stop smoking.
But using pot heavily, especially in your teen years, may leave more permanent effects. Imaging tests with some — but not all — adolescents found that marijuana may physically change their brains. Specifically, they had fewer connections in parts of the brain linked to alertness, learning, and memory, and tests show lower IQ scores in some people.
Your Lungs May Hurt
Pot smoke can inflame and irritate your lungs. If you use it regularly, you could have the same breathing problems as someone who smokes cigarettes. That could mean ongoing cough with colored mucus. Your lungs may more easily pick up infections. That’s partly because THC seems to weaken some users’ immune systems.
Though some might also say, that Marijuana has ZERO deaths recorded directly linked to it. Which is true. Some may also suggest that alcohol is more dangerous. Which may only seem fair to say. But do you really want to take the gamble?
Thanks for reading and stay safe!
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You should also visit- https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-are-marijuana-effects