Saturday, 28 March 2020

REVEALED! HERE'S HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM THE CORONAVIRUS


If you’re a big horror movie fan, you probably know that the best way to keep yourself and your family safe from mindless flesh-eating zombies is to stop them from biting or scratching you. Piece of cake, right? But unlike the fictional virus, Solanum in The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z novel, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) doesn’t require zombies as a vector. The virus doesn’t turn people into mindless zombies either, but it’s spreading across the major continents in the world at astonishing rates. What is the primary transmission agent? No, the question is not what; the question is who. We humans are the carriers of this mysterious virus. 


The internet, the newspapers, and all other forms of mass media are all talking about it. COVID-19, a Coronavirus-caused illness whose origin was traced back to the Wuhan South China Seafood Wholesale Market. The virus has since spread to most parts of the world and has become a global pandemic spreading far wider than Ebola did in 2014. While the number of new cases in China has dropped, the virus is spreading rapidly in places like Europe and the United States. According to Worldometer, the total number of Coronavirus Cases worldwide is at 631,779, and the number of Deaths stands at 28,990. At this point, all we can do is try to stay safe by keeping the virus at bay and preventing its transmission. 

SAFETY GUIDELINES TO KEEP COVID-19 FROM SPREADING 


Just like every zombie virus in the fictional world, there is currently no vaccine to keep you safe from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). So what’s the best way to keep the COVID-19 at bay? Because we care about your health and well-being, we’ve put together a comprehensive safety guide to help you and your loved ones stay safe. 
  1. It turns out that the Coronavirus is not a big fan of alcohol. So, it is advised that everyone cleans their hands frequently with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or soap and water. Apart from curbing the spread of COVID-19, the hand-washing practice is generally a good hygiene exercise that can help keep your hands clean. 
  2. Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow. It’s about time people stopped sneezing freely into the open air. The average sneeze or cough can send around 100,000 contagious germs into the air at speeds up to 100 miles per hour
  3. It’s also important to avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. That includes avoiding handshakes, hugs, kisses, using face masks, and avoiding large crowds. 

NOW HERE’S THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO STAY SAFE 


Most of you probably already knew about the above safety guidelines. But we’ve saved the best for last. Well, it’s time for the big reveal. Here’s the sure-fire way to stay safe during this public health crisis— STAY INDOORS. Your mind isn’t blown yet? Yeah, I understand. But as simple as it sounds, staying at home and getting enough rest is probably the most underrated solution to the Coronavirus pandemic. Aside from the fact that it keeps you away from any potential carrier of the virus, the benefits of good quality sleep in fortifying your body’s immune system has been talked about extensively in numerous scientific literature. 


There’s so much data on the internet to support this theory. Sleep plays a significant housekeeping role that helps your body to get rid of toxins in your brain. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines. Cytokines are a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, and these Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep. To stay healthy especially during this Coronavirus pandemic, it’s necessary to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night. The big problem is that millions of people can’t get this required amount of sleep, not because they don’t want to, but because of the inferior quality of their mattresses. Time to get this sorted out once and for all, “mattress is not just mattress” and “not all mattresses are made equally.” A good mattress will gently support every inch of your body, keeping your spine in a neutral position. This is precisely why Emma Memory Foam Mattress was created. 

Made from high-quality memory foam, this bed-in-the-box mattress was made just with your sleep and comfort in mind. If you struggle with your sleep every night, Emma memory foam mattress offers you an affordable solution. Emma provides you with a 100-night trial to see if you’re happy with the product, or you can request a full refund. So what are you waiting for? Let’s fight the spread of the Coronavirus together by ordering the best mattress in India today.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Insomnia: Here's Why You're Having Trouble Falling Asleep At Night.

Trouble Falling Asleep
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Ever wondered why you can't fall asleep at night or sleep through the night without constantly waking up every half hour? For many, falling asleep seems to happen with little or no effort. Falling asleep should probably be the easiest thing to do on the planet whether you're on the bus, train or classroom, nothing beats the feeling of drifting off to dreamland. The problem is that not everybody that hopes for a good night rest achieves it when they hit their beds.

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Sleep is good for the body and it's nature's way of giving our bodies time to do what it couldn't possibly do when you run around during the day. Sleep plays an important role in our physical health. Experts say sleep is involved in healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels. During the day when we carry out vigorous exercise and do all sorts of running around, we expend energy, a lot of cells wear-out and die-off, we may get injured, muscles tire out and our body sources for more energy from the body reserves constantly converting stored biomolecules such as fats and glycogen to act as fuel.  All these and much more happens to you during the day so your body needs time to make much-needed repairs and that happens while you sleep. While chronic inability to sleep (also known as Insomnia) can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system’s power. Researchers say sleep improves the memory and can even determine whether or not one lives to good old age. I could go on forever about the benefits of sleep but let's save that for another blog post.

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Despite the innumerable benefits that come with good rest, though, not everybody can really sleep through the night without waking up long before daybreak, and subsequently finding it difficult to go back to steady sleep. Many of us are familiar with this trend, hence the need to know the cause and how to deal with it. Below are possible reasons why you have trouble falling asleep.

Causes of Insomnia

1. Bright light

The lighting in your room is a very important factor that affects how much you sleep or if you'll sleep at all. According to Family Physician, Dr Morenike Orelaja, many people are so taken up with living in a well-lit environment that they carry this craze right into the bedroom. She says bright lights in the bedroom are a sure path to sleeplessness as the night wears on and is sure to cause you problems falling asleep. While I blame Horror movies for making me sleep with my lights switched on, however, many people would turn their bedrooms into a light show, with the television still on and as they drift to sleep.

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Even if it's just the TV that is on while you sleep off, you can be sure to wake up in a matter of hours because the light of the TV reflects onto your eyes. This, in turn, affects the way your brain decodes messages, as your brain is being made to believe that it’s already day and therefore it’s time to wake up. During sleep, the pineal gland in the brain synthesises and secretes a hormone called melatonin, which causes sleepiness and regulates sleep patterns and the pineal body does this in the dark; that is when minimal light energy falls on the retina of the eyes. However, when the TV or any other light-producing electronic device is on, it mimics sunlight and sends wrong signals to the brain; and that’s why we always advise people to put off the light as the last thing when going to bed. That way, your body gets the message that it’s time to sleep and it does so effortlessly.

2. Psychological issues

If you've done Number 1 and you still can't sleep effortlessly, then you may have difficulty falling asleep if you suffer from anxiety, depression, or chronic stress, experts say. A psychologist, Dr Kunle Olaosebikan, warns that most people suffering from anxiety disorder or depression will have trouble sleeping, as they keep thinking about their challenges. He notes that the sleeplessness could worsen their already bad symptoms. If you have emotional issues, seek professional help.

3. Smoking

When health professionals warn that smokers are likely to die young, the average smoker turns up the nose and wonders why he hasn’t died yet even when he smokes up to a pack per day. But then, the effects of nicotine, a confirmed stimulant, cannot be ignored. On the average, most smokers undergo
nicotine withdrawal as they sleep.
It is a simple process. Just as you can’t eat, drink or do anything while you are sleeping, in the same way, you can’t smoke while asleep (except you have serious issues). As such, it’s as if you are depriving your body of its regular supply of nicotine. Consequently, your body craves this stimulant; and since the brain regulates the sleep process, it is not unusual for your brain to wake up about 15 or 20 times in the night as a result of the unconscious craving.
And that’s why you see addicted smokers waking up in the night to get a fix. It's not just because they love to smoke under the moon, they have trouble falling asleep because their bodies crave for a smoke and they erroneously believe that the smoking will calm them. Of course, it does, but that is temporary, as the nicotine effect soon runs its course. That’s why it is important to quit smoking; and if you’ve not been smoking, don’t start.

4. Eating protein too close to bedtime.

Proteins have never been easy to digest by the body and unlike its carbohydrate cousins that get acted upon by digestive enzymes right from the mouth, protein digestion begins in the intestine where proteases are released by the pancreas to break them down to individual Amino acids and short peptides. Thus, Nutritionists contend that protein requires a lot of energy and time to digest, and when you eat protein-rich food very close to bedtime, it keeps your digestive system working while you’re trying to sleep. Somehow, sleep and protein don’t go together, it is therefore advised to eat light carbohydrates in the evening; and also avoid eating too close to bedtime. Eating protein too close to bedtime could trigger an 'episode' for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBS). Read more about IBS and it's symptoms here.
Other things that can prevent you from achieving sound sleep include too much caffeine consumption, sugary foods, late night alcohol consumption, and certain medications that can affect the sleep process.

5. Listening to Loud Music To Sleep.

While this may sound cool and is sure to make you fall asleep better, it's probably not the best way to sleep as loud music could disrupt your sleep. So turn down the volume of your headset or sound system for a better sleep experience.

Insomnia: Here's Why You're Having Trouble Falling Asleep At Night.
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Habits to help you sleep.


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1. Use the bedroom only for sleep and sex. Don’t work, watch TV, or use your computer or smart phone. The goal is to associate the bedroom with sleep and sex so that when you get in bed, your brain and body get a strong signal that it’s time to nod off or be romantic.

2. Get out of bed when you can’t sleep. Don’t try to force yourself to sleep. Get up, leave the bedroom, and do something relaxing, such as reading, drinking a warm cup of caffeine-free tea, taking a bath, or listening to soothing music. When you’re sleepy, go back to bed.

3. Move bedroom clocks out of view. You can use an alarm, but make sure you can’t see the time when you’re in bed.

4. Make your bedroom quiet, dark, cool. Noise, light, and heat can interfere with sleep.

5. Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends, even if you’re tired. This will help you get back in a regular sleep rhythm.

6. Avoid stimulating activity, stressful situations before bedtime. This includes vigorous exercise, big discussions or arguments; and TV, computer, or video game use.

7. Don’t read from a back-lit device (such as an iPad). If you use an eReader, opt for one that is not back-lit, i.e. one that requires an additional light source. OLED displays are probably the best in this aspect.

8. Limit caffeine, alcohol, nicotine. Stop drinking caffeinated beverages at least eight hours before bed. Avoid drinking alcohol in the evening, as it interferes with the quality of sleep. Quit smoking or avoid it at night, as nicotine is a stimulant.
Do all these and you should not have any trouble falling asleep. If insomnia persists after trying these, see your Doctor. Thanks for reading, join our newsletter to get latest updates delivered to your Email. Endeavour to share with your friends and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Nail Biting: Read This If You're Addicted To Biting Your Nails.

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Are you addicted to biting your nails? Do you want to stop that nail-biting habit of yours once and for all? Nail-biting, also known scientifically as Onychophagy or Onychophagia, is an oral compulsive habit many people develop right from childhood and it can potentially ruin the appearance of your fingers, could be unhygienic and can hurt pretty bad if you take it too far. If you're reading this, my guess is that you didn't stumble upon this post by accident and you're probably addicted to biting your nails. I used to be a nail-biting addict myself so I understand that feeling you get when someone asks "what happened to your nails?" and you just stand there speechless not knowing how to respond. I even went as far as eating the skin around the nails. Imagine how my fingers looked?

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Studies shows that 60% of children and 45% of teenagers bite their nails but the habit becomes less common after the age of 18. However, it may continue right into Adulthood. The worst part of it, which I'm sure you can relate to, is that you are not even aware that you're not even aware that you're biting your nails until you have have gone so deep and hurt yourself till you bleed. It could be while sitting through that very boring Lecture, watching a really cool horror movie, surfing the internet or just doing absolutely nothing. So why do people do it? Why do people get addicted to biting their nails? 

Causes Of Nail-Biting


If you're expecting to see a complex scientific name for the cause of nail-biting addiction, then you're in luck. Scientific studies have proven that Nail-biting is a symptom of a psychological condition called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a potentially disabling illness that traps people in an endless repetitive behaviour and thoughts. You may be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder if you find yourself doing repetitive actions such as repeatedly bathing, showering, washing your hands out of fear of being contaminated; repeatedly checking locks or cooking gas, eating foods in a specific order, arranging things in a particular order and many more compulsive behaviours including biting your nails. Although the so-called routines may be temporarily to get rid of the anxiety, the person uncontrollably performs the routine again and again when the obsessive thoughts return.

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Stress and the all-powerful boredom are also causes of nail-biting addiction for most people. I don't know about you but boredom has pushed me to do some really crazy things. You just sit there with nothing to do and nowhere to go, not feeling sleeping then GBAM! Your fingers slowly glide to your mouth to keep you company.

Signs of Nail-biting Addiction


Apart from the damaging effects nail-biting can cause to the appearance of the nails, Nail biting usually leads to deleterious effects on the mouth and more generally the digestive system. These consequences are directly derived from the physical damage of biting or from the hands becoming an infection vector. Moreover, it can also have a social impact.
The fingernails are usually bitten equally to approximately the same level and it can lead to broken skin on the cuticle of the nails. When cuticles are improperly removed using your teeth, they are susceptible to microbial and viral infections such as paronychia. The contents of the saliva may then redden and infect the skin. In rare cases, fingernails may become severely deformed after years of nail biting due to the destruction of the nail bed. Surely you don't want your nails to get that bad.

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 Nail biting may also have an association with mouth problems, such as gingival injury, and malocclusion of the front teeth, which is basically the most active in the nail-biting process. It can also transfer pinworms or bacteria buried under the surface of the nail from the anus region to the mouth. If the bitten-off nails are swallowed, stomach problems can occasionally develop. On a more social level, nail-biting can be a source of shame to the nail biter  and definitely reduces the quality of life. Ask any female or male on the planet what they want in a future partner and they'll tell you they want someone with beautiful attractive nails. Really, who doesn't?

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Nail-biting Cure/Treatment


Good news for all Nail biters out there, there is a cure. Well, I wouldn't say a Cure per se, but there are many different ways to prevent you from going all cannibal on your nails. The cheapest of such preventive methods is the use of a Bitter-tasting Nail polish. This special kind of Nail polish is made from the most Bitter chemical substance in the entire universe called Denatonium benzoate. This compound produces an unbearable bitter feeling even words are not enough to describe. Making it an ingredient in Nail polish has really helped to stop the nail biting habit in most individuals. Another treatment for chronic nail biters, is using a dental deterrent device that disables the front teeth from making any damage to the nails and the surrounding cuticles. After about two months the device leads to a full oppression of the nail biting urge.

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Most importantly, being aware of your actions and sheer determination is enough to fight-off nail biting addiction. Simply make up your mind to stop the act. It's not that difficult to do. In my case, what I did was tell all my friends about my problem. Let those closest to you and always around you know about the problem and your resolve to finally end it. They will be your watchmen, warning you when you're about to unconscionably break your rule. Try to always remind yourself of your resolve, never to bite your fingernails again. After about 2 weeks, you can watch your fingers become attractive again. 
Thanks for reading, endeavour to share this with your friends who are addicted to biting their nails, you'll be saving someone's self-esteem if you do so. Also, follow this link to find out what the colour and look of your nails say about your health. Subscribe to our newsletter to get more amazing updates directly to your Email. Don't be shy, share your thoughts in the comments below.