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Our Pain Perception About Exercising

Our pain perception about an upcoming exercise activity greatly affects our tolerance levels during the it, as per a study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark.

It is a known fact that exercising regularly provides a natural high, with feel good chemicals like endorphins and endocannabinoids surging inside your mind and body. What is not known is that our prior expectation about our exercise dominating our entire experience of it.

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  • A good, positive expectation about exercise ends up benefiting the activity and our pain tolerance levels.
  • Just by using our thoughts and beliefs, we end up having real, physical, hormonal and chemical changes in our body.
  • The mind, surprisingly, can override the body, something which is true both for good and bad thoughts.
  • If you don’t believe that exercise relieves pain or is good for you, it won’t be.
The Flexitarian Diet

When diet fads are scattered all over, it's difficult to find one that actually works for us for the long haul.

The flexitarian diet is an easy diet to follow that isn't restricting. The name itself means that it is a flexible vegetarian diet, hence, flexitarian. It is focused on having a diet that is more on being pro-plants but not anti-meat.

Advantages:

  • It is a diet that is proven to be effective for weight loss
  • It reduces blood pressure
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes
  • Decreases the risk of dying from heart disease

Disadvantages:

  • It is a learning curve. It takes time to get used to the flexitarian diet especially for a beginner.
  • Less animal protein must be replaced with recommended plant proteins so that you'll be able to fill the gap of common nutrient deficiencies such as: iron, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fats.

Since this diet is focused on having you eat more plants and plant-based protein like beans, lentils, and tofu. You can also mix it up with whole grains, potatoes, eggs, avocados, and even fish.

While there are no off-limit foods, keep in mind that its goal is to eat less meat so it is also important to keep in mind to limit the intake of poultry, red meat, pork, and animal fats.

We don't know how sleep evolved
  • Research has linked sleep with memory processing, emotional stability and even cleansing.
  • Most animals have their own circadian rhythm, or body clock. Even the cells in the body have a rhythm, so it's vital for organisms to have a way to sync these.

Perhaps sleep arose to group the body's processes, ensuring that specific processes don't conflict with one another.

  • One theory is that dreaming helps with sleep's memory-processing function. During sleep, the brain sorts through information gathered during the day, then decides what to keep and what connections to make between new information.
  • Another theory is that dreams help with emotional processing by removing some emotional associations.
  • Dreams may provide a safe way of testing the brain's reactions to negative events.
  • Or dreams are just the by-product of a brain starved of external input.

It is not genetics that determines whether you are an 'early riser' or an 'evening owl'. It is mostly habitual and environmental.

Early research found a connection between night owls and developing schizophrenia later in life. On average, owls also have lower wellbeing and are more likely to develop depression. It could be that owls are experiencing constant jet lag, which may put their bodies under stress.

Past research found that carriers of a particular gene slept for about 2 hours less than non-carriers. They also found short sleepers who did not carry this gene but had another mutation that appeared to be linked with short sleep.

Natural short sleepers don't seem to suffer health problems associated with getting too little sleep. But it could be that short sleepers are really efficient sleepers.

White Noise

The essential idea of white noise is to create constant and unchanging background noise to help us fall asleep or to study. From crickets chirping to distant thunder noises, white noises drown out any potentially distracting sounds.

The adjective "white" was used to describe the sound because its ultimate combination has similarities to the qualities of white light.

White Noise for Studying

Many studies have been done to prove any correlation between white noise for studying and its effects.

While there may have been positive links to some, it has been also proven that the effects of background noise depend on personal experience.

White Noise for Sleeping

Some people find the idea of total silence as a major distraction and this deprives them of sleep. Doctors often recommend white noise machines to treat sleep deprivation and often tinnitus.

Noise is not essentially what wakes us up but it is the sudden changes in background noise. What the white noise machine does is that is blocks sudden changes in sound and helps people either fall asleep or stay asleep.

The Pros and Cons of White Noise On Babies

Pros:

  • Some babies tend to fall asleep faster with white noise in the background
  • White noise helps drown out household noises during nap times
  • It helps newborn babies to relax by producing a sound mimicking their mother's heartbeat

Cons:

  • White noise doesn't work on all babies, it can also prevent them from sleeping
  • Newborns can become "addicted" to white noise and have trouble sleeping without it
  • The volume may exceed the baby's recommended noise limits
TV Vs White Noise While Sleeping
  • Many people tend to fall asleep while watching TV and some actually use it to help them sleep. However, unlike white noise, the volume, tone, colors, and brightness of the TV constantly change and it interferes with our sleep.
  • Studies show that although we are not conscious of it, parts of our brains continue to "watch" the TV even while we're asleep.
  • To get quality sleep, it is recommended that both the sound and lighting levels of our rooms remain consistent throughout.

Our moods and emotions play a powerful role in our behavioral choices and health.

Extensive studies show that sadness is related to tobacco use, with people wanting to puff away more frequently while being sad.

This new finding suggests smoking may not just be a habit, but deeply entwined with our emotions, and can be beneficial for future anti-smoking programs.

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