Trouble sleeping? It just may be your diet causing the problem. Sometimes changes to what you eat and when you eat it can help with all those sleepless nights.Highlights
Sleep disorder can be harmful for overall health.
Diet changes can help solve sleeplessness.
Here are some effective diet tips for sound sleep.
Tossing and turning in our bed, glancing at the clock several times while trying to go to sleep – we have all been there. While this may be a rare occurrence for most of us, there are people who struggle through sleepless nights more often. Insomnia is a bigger problem than we perceive it to be. Not only it causes lethargy the next day, it may also lead to health problems due to lack of proper rest. Good sleep is important to recharge our body. It can be difficult to figure out the actual reason for sleeplessness; work, stress, medical conditions, diet and environment – any of these may be factoring in. While counter medications are available to resolve the issue, it is not really advisable to take. A better way to cope up with the situation is to make changes in your diet.
1. You may want to glug a couple of glasses of wine or other alcoholic beverages in the hope of just drifting away to sleep. But the fact is that the more you drink, the higher your chances are of waking up in the night.
2. Having early dinner, ideally two to three hours before bedtime may prevent acid reflux, digestion problems and other issues that may lead to interrupted sleep.
3. Coffee or tea can also be a culprit for your disturbed sleep. Reduce your caffeine intake towards the end of the day and replace it with herbal tea.
4. Many researchers blame consumption of junk food in the day for delayed sleeping at night. Fatty foods should be avoided if you are unable to sleep properly.
5. We have a habit of sipping water throughout the day, especially during summer. Reduce water intake before hitting the bed as it can make you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, sometimes, more than once.
About Neha GroverLove for reading roused her writing instincts. Neha is guilty of having a deep-set fixation with anything caffeinated. When she is not pouring out her nest of thoughts onto the screen, you can see her reading while sipping on coffee.
Solar hydrogen production: Splitting water with UV is now at almost 100% quantum efficiency
Date:June 3, 2020Source:Shinshu UniversitySummary:Scientists have successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen using light and meticulously designed catalysts, and they did so at the maximum efficiency meaning there was almost no loss and undesired side reactions. This latest breakthrough in solar hydrogen production makes the likelihood of scalable, economically viable hydrogen production more than likely, paving the way for humanity to make the switch to clean energy.
Pour yourself a glass of water and take a look at it. This water contains an abundant source of fuel, hydrogen. Hydrogen burns clean unlike petrol-based energy products. Sound too good to be true? Scientists in Japan successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen using light and meticulously designed catalysts, and they did so at the maximum efficiency meaning there was almost no loss and undesired side reactions. This latest breakthrough in solar hydrogen production makes the likelihood of scalable, economically viable hydrogen production more than likely, paving the way for humanity to make the switch to clean energy.
Water splitting using catalysts and sunlight, called photocatalysis has been a promising method of achieving solar hydrogen production for decades. However, most previous attempts only yielded an external quantum efficiency of less than about 50% representing the difficulty in efficient catalyst design for real world use. The catalyst needed to be designed better so every absorbed photon from the light source is used to make hydrogen. The key to improving efficiency was strategic placement of the co-catalysts and preventing defects in the semiconductor.
Published in the May 27th issue of Nature, Tsuyoshi Takata of Shinshu University et al. broke through new frontiers in power production by using aluminum-doped strontium titanate as a photocatalyst, whose properties have been extensively studied and therefore the best understood. They choose co-catalysts rhodium for hydrogen with chromium oxide, and cobalt-oxide for oxygen, by fine-tuning them to engage in only desired reactions. This method made possible for the reaction to have no recombination losses.
These new findings open the doors to achieve scalable and economically viable solar hydrogen production. Their design strategies succeeded in reducing defects that lead to near perfect efficiency, and knowledge obtained will be applied to other materials with intense visible light absorption. More work is still needed before we can run our cars on hydrogen, because this study focused on the use of ultraviolet light and abundant visible light from the sun remained unused. However, this great breakthrough has made that possibility no longer too good to be true, but in theory, just a matter of time. Hopefully it will encourage scientists, researchers and engineers to engage in this field, bringing the use of solar hydrogen power that much closer.
Shinshu University. “Solar hydrogen production: Splitting water with UV is now at almost 100% quantum efficiency.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 June 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200603104547.htm>.
White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said he worries about the “durability” of a potential coronavirus vaccine, saying there’s a chance it may not provide long-term immunity.
If Covid-19 acts like other coronaviruses, “it likely isn’t going to be a long duration of immunity,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told JAMA Editor Howard Bauchner.
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaking during the U.S. Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on May 12th, 2020.CNBC
White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said he worries about the “durability” of a potential coronavirus vaccine, saying there’s a chance it may not provide long-term immunity.
If Covid-19 acts like other coronaviruses, “it likely isn’t going to be a long duration of immunity,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during an interview Tuesday evening with JAMA Editor Howard Bauchner.
“When you look at the history of coronaviruses, the common coronaviruses that cause the common cold, the reports in the literature are that the durability of immunity that’s protective ranges from three to six months to almost always less than a year,” he said. “That’s not a lot of durability and protection.”
The National Institutes of Health has been fast-tracking work with biotech firm Moderna on a potential vaccine to prevent Covid-19, which has infected more than 6.28 million people worldwide and killed at least 375,987, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Fauci said Tuesday that the biotech company expects to enroll about 30,000 individuals when it begins a phase 3 trial in July. He said there are at least four trials for potential vaccines that he is either directly or indirectly involved in.
Fauci said that by the beginning of 2021 “we hope to have” hundreds of millions of doses.
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When asked whether scientists will be able to find an effective vaccine, Fauci said he’s “cautiously optimistic,” adding that “there’s never a guarantee.” He cautioned “it could take months and months and months to get an answer” before scientists discover whether the vaccine works.
U.S. officials and scientists are hopeful a vaccine to prevent Covid-19 will be ready in the first half of 2021 — 12 to 18 months since Chinese scientists first identified the coronavirus and mapped its genetic sequence.
It’s a record-breaking time frame for a process that normally takes about a decade for an effective and safe vaccine. The fastest-ever vaccine development, mumps, took more than four years and was licensed in 1967.
However, scientists still don’t fully understand key aspects of the virus, including how immune systems respond once a person is exposed. The answers, they say, may have large implications for vaccine development, including how quickly it can be deployed to the public.
Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said in congressional testimony last month that he is hopeful scientists would find a workable candidate but warned of potential pitfalls in developing any vaccine.
“You can have everything you think that’s in place and you don’t induce the kind of immune response that turns out to be protective and durably protective,” Fauci said of a vaccine. “So one of the big unknowns is, will it be effective? Given the way the body responds to viruses of this type, I’m cautiously optimistic that we will with one of the candidates get an efficacy signal.”
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Ever look into the mirror after a good night’s sleep to find faded lines across your skin? Sometimes they’re folded along your limbs—maybe your shoulders or chest if you’re an avid stomach-sleeper—or perhaps you notice deep lines across your face like some sort of pillow scar. You might brush them off and begin your morning routine (after all, they signal a deep, restful sleep, no?), but you may want to pause before pumping the serum—those faint lines have the potential to turn into wrinkles.
Here’s the skinny on sleep wrinkles, plus what you can do to manage them before they stick around for good:
What are sleep wrinkles, and why do you get them?
Sleep wrinkles aren’t your average fine lines: While expression lines can form over time from repeatedly moving your face, these wrinkles form exclusively from your sleeping position—say, if you curl up on your side or sleep on your stomach, face smashed into the pillow. That’s why one study on facial aging identified a distinct set of wrinkles that form from sleep alone, which brings us to the anecdotally dubbed “sleep wrinkles.”
It makes sense, no? If you sleep with your face smashed into the pillow for eight or some hours each night, that’s quite a long time for the delicate skin on your face to endure that pressure. Not only that, but the skin is more permeable at night, which means it is more vulnerable to transepidermal water loss (also why you might opt for a heavier night cream to seal in moisture; nighttime skin care is no joke). This means your skin is not only experiencing friction but may dry out faster, too. All things considered, of course you may wake up to some folds across your skin.
Now, those indents tend to fade when you’re young, as your plump skin is chock-full of collagen and can quite literally bounce back from the pressure. (Think of a firm mattress molding to your weight as you sleep, then filling out once you leave your cozy bed.) But as you grow older and your collagen levels start to decline, you may notice those lines stick around well after midmorning.Article continues below
Good news: There’s an easy way to promote beauty sleep.
That’s not to say you can’t do anything about it. Perhaps the best way to manage collagen loss is to, you know, add more collagen. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides, like those found in mbg’s grass-fed collagen+, promote your body’s natural production of collagen and other molecules that help the skin stay firm and taut, like elastin and fibrillin.* Studies also show that collagen supplements can promote healthy skin by enhancing firm texture, maintaining moisture, and—here’s the kicker—smoothing fine lines.* Taz Bhatia, M.D., an integrative medicine physician and mbg Collective member, agrees: “[Collagen supplements] can manage skin wrinkling, providing the skin one of its basic ingredients to stay firm and taut,” she says.*
It makes sense that upping your collagen intake could help manage those sleep wrinkles, as our skin already repairs collagen while we sleep: “We have the highest cellular activity in the skin while we sleep, which means all of the collagen repair and antioxidant activity we crave happens when we are sleeping,” naturopathic doctor Tess Marshall, N.D., reminds us about skin regeneration. Add some collagen supplements to the mix, and you could enhance that process by giving your body a much bigger supply to work with.*
Basically, your body already wants to give you the beauty sleep you deserve. And supplementing with collagen can support the natural process, making it a little easier to wake up with that lit-from-within glow.*
By naturally supplying your body with collagen, you can enhance your skin’s texture and elasticity—allowing it to literally bounce back after a night of deep sleep.* Sleep wrinkles may be inevitable at some point, but it is possible to manage them before those folds stick around. As functional medicine doctor Robert Rountree, M.D., explains in an mbg podcast: “You can use collagen to reverse minor things, like crow’s feet around the eyes but not once the skin’s gotten too leathery and damaged.” Perfect for those faint pillow lines across your skin.**If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, consult with your doctor before starting a supplement routine. It is always optimal to consult with a health care provider when considering what supplements are right for you.
Two Reasons It’s Not Good to Be Happy All the Time
Research shows that happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Posted Jun 02, 2020
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A few days ago, I had a Zoom meeting with a colleague. Making small talk, I greeted her with the customary, “Hi! How are you?” Fully expecting an answer like “good” or “fine,” I was shocked when she answered the question honestly. “Stressed out and anxious,” she told me. “But at least I’m keeping busy!” Although I genuinely care about my colleague, I found myself feeling uncomfortable with the forthrightness of her answer. “Isn’t she supposed to just say ‘good’ or ‘fine?’” I thought.
My slight discomfort at her answer is influenced by the strong push in American society to be—or at least act—happy. Convenience store clerks remind us to “Have a nice day!” when we depart their company. Advertisements depict images of smiling people, as if buying a new toaster or switching washing machine detergents were really what life was about. Even if you’re not familiar with most songs from past decades, chances are you know The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” But the world doesn’t look so wonderful lately. Whether we’re talking about the looming backdrop of coronavirus or the tragic killing of George Floyd, it’s unreasonable to expect that people will be happy all the time. In fact, contrary to our culture’s bias, it’s normal and even healthy to experience everything from anxiety and fear to loneliness and grief.
Positive psychology, a field born about 25 years ago, is often accused of perpetuating the myth that a good life is all about being happy. Within the past couple decades, countless books—some of them quite good—with titles like The How of Happiness and The Happiness Advantage have hit bookshelves. But not everything “positive” makes us happy. In fact, Martin Seligman, often credited with founding positive psychology, defined the field as the study of optimal human functioning, not necessarily only the study of happiness. And, in order to function optimally in our lives, it’s not a great idea to be in a state of bliss all the time. Here are two reasons why.
1. Happiness and Meaning Are Not the Same Thing
Take a moment to consider what experiences, actions, and relationships make your life worth living. If you’re like most people, your answers will fall into two general categories, what psychologists call “hedonic” and “eudaimonic.” Hedonic experiences are all about pleasure: seeing a beautiful sunrise, eating a delectable slice of cake, or having great sex. Eudaimonic experiences, on the other hand, are about personal meaning and purpose: living according to our values, completing an important life project, or making a difference in the world in some way.
The reason this distinction is important is that sometimes the things that are most meaningful to us aren’t pleasurable, whether we’re talking about working hard, keeping our promises even when inconvenient, being honest when we’ve made a mistake, or forgiving someone we love. For years, I worked as a psychotherapist in a hospice, helping dying people come to terms with how to live the last weeks or months of their lives. While I can’t say the job was pleasurable, I can definitely say it was the most meaningful work of my life. On the flip side, many pleasurable experiences are not actually meaningful. Although binge-watching every episode of Survivor or eating an entire tub of ice cream may make us happy, it’s hard to argue that these activities contribute to our life being truly “good.”article continues after advertisement
2. Negative Emotions Can Make Life Better
Although most of us might prefer to feel happy all the time, research shows that negative feelings, while unpleasant, can sometimes be good for us. Anxiety and fear can protect us against potential threats. Guilt can motivate us to make amends when we’ve done something wrong, allowing us to preserve our most meaningful relationships. Even anger can be useful. In one study, experimenters asked participants to play the role of a seller, negotiating with a buyer. Their task was to sell a batch of mobile phones to the “buyer” (whom they believed was another participant like themselves, but was actually an actor) at the highest price possible. The better the deal they were able to strike, the greater the reward they would receive in the real world at the end of the experiment. Some participants were led to believe that the buyer was growing angry with them, whereas others were led to believe that the buyer felt happy. The results were clear: Participants who thought they were dealing with an angry buyer offered their cell phones at more than a 30 percent discount over participants who thought they were dealing with a happy buyer. Remember that the next time you need to call your cable or cell phone provider to dispute an unfair bill.
Of course, there’s a difference between feeling an emotion like anger and acting violently. There’s also a big difference between experiencing negative emotions in healthy, manageable amounts and being completely overtaken by them. Like most things in life, virtually any emotion is best in moderation. But, as this and other studies show, just the right amount of certain negative emotions, acted on in effective ways, can be useful. Political movements that change the world can be fueled by anger, while urges to change our life for the better can be fueled by sadness or regret.
Perhaps the most important lesson in all this research is that living a good life isn’t just about being happy. It’s about being authentically who we are, including pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness, love and conflict. If we felt happy all the time, we might end up missing opportunities to improve ourselves, fight for what we believe in, or engage in some of the most meaningful endeavors of our lives.
My colleague who said she was feeling “stressed out and anxious” is a physician taking care of patients with COVID-19. Every day, she faces gut-wrenching medical decisions and fear of contracting the coronavirus. But she also told me that, despite her worry, she feels that what she is doing brings purpose to her life: “Sometimes the hardest experiences are also the most important,” she told me. “I’ll be happy when it’s over, but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”
Monitoring your network for connectivity and power outages can be very useful, especially when trying to isolate or prevent issues. While there are plenty of network monitoring applications available for PCs, this project was developed with the Raspberry Pi in mind.
Created by Butean Fabian and shared on YouTube recently, the Pi-based monitoring system uses a custom Python package, called Outage Detector, to continuously monitor the network.
Any events of internet or power outage are logged on the Pi. When power and internet is restored, the application can send a notification to the user, as well as information on how much downtime was suffered. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tj0mNO3ZDao
In the video shared by Fabian, he uses a Raspberry Pi 4. However, this is a very low resource-intensive project and you could easily swap the Pi 4 out for a Pi Zero W. Overall, the project appears to have low power consumption and won’t interfere with other applications if restarted.
The project runs on the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS (formerly Raspbian) and requires Python 3. You can have the monitor send notifications through either Pushbullet or email. There is no iOS client support for Pushbullet, making email the only option for iPhone users.
There are times when our songwriters pen lyrics so deeply resonant that they approach the gravitas of Biblical prophecy. Bruce Springsteen’s words stand apart in their stark affirmation of human need.
Baby in a world without pity Do you think what I’m askin’s too much? I just want to feel you in my arms And share a little of that human touch.
Needless to say, his “baby” is not a child, not his mother, not a buddy. What he’s singing about is the sort of romantic and sexual attachment to a significant other. What he’s asking is whether or not he can get his needs met. What he’s craving is the healing that envelopes him in the arms of his beloved. Haven’t we all needed this kind of hug at times?
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No organ in the human body has more nerve endings than what is likely the largest organ by weight: our skin, weighing in at about 16% of our body mass. And since we’re getting a bit sciency here, let’s get rational as well: The body never evolved junk; everything is there for a reason. We don’t have taste buds on the tongue because they’re adorable; we have them to guide us in getting our nutritional needs met. In the same way, our skin has evolved to distinguish between the loving touches of say, our doting grannies and those of our beloved paramour. Try a thought experiment: While blindfolded, you get a hug from a parent and you get a hug from a lover. Do you think you could tell the difference? Of course you could.
Now, if all we humans needed was touch, then our skin, the most sensitive organ of our bodies, wouldn’t bother to distinguish between a parental versus an amorous hug. Our bodies distinguish between the two precisely because the distinction is important. It’s important because, in evolutionary terms, our bodies need to be informed about the possibility of mating. Knowing that a family member is offering emotional support is also extremely critical because we are emotional beings with emotional needs. Sadly, broad swaths of human culture have yet to accept that we are sexual beings with concomitant sexual needs. Our need for sexual touch is one of our needs that doesn’t develop until we enter puberty.
But once puberty has been reached, we become aware that things have changed. Our bodies are usually hairier, our voices deepen, and we start to have thoughts and feelings that we didn’t use to have. This is not an “all or nothing” sort of change because, like most things human, this new need occurs on a continuum. At one end lie the asexuals in our community who have a need for sexual touch that is virtually zero. At the other end are those who thrive on a diet of touch that many of us would find annoying or exhausting.
All of us have a reaction to the utter absence of sexual touch for a protracted period of time. For the asexual, the reaction may be relief or simply indifference. For those of us who are far more needy of this sort of sexual touch, our reaction is to become increasingly uncomfortable to the point of distress. Now, with all this diversity of need in mind, please ask yourself, “Which of us is normal?” article continues after advertisement
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The question is a silly one, of course. Just as with skin pigmentation, height, or caloric needs, when it comes to our need for sexual touch we are all somewhere on the scale of normal human diversity. Some of us need none, some need a lot, and many of us (maybe most) fall somewhere in between. It’s all so simple and reasonable.
And then the wheels fall off the bus. Love affairs that start off so well can go so fast or so badly that we fail to accurately predict whether or not we are facing the possibility of catastrophic failure. More precisely, the problem looks something like this: When it comes to what we need to feel comfortable, Person A likes x amount of “that human touch” while their partner likes, maybe, 10 times as much. A couple can be oh-so-perfectly compatible in many areas but when they aren’t compatible (or roughly so) in the area of their need for touches that are romantic and sexual, then there’s trouble.
The trouble usually looks something like this: Person A wants more sexual touch and goes to touch Person B. Person B likes a lot less and is increasingly uncomfortable over time with all the touching. Person A is starving for more while Person B feels smothered. Which one is behaving correctly?
Without the knowledge that human beings have sexual needs, we tend to revert to a moral diagnosis of the situation. “What’s wrong with you? You’re cold! Don’t you love me?” is met with “What’s your problem? You’re so needy! Are you some kind of sex addict?” None of this needs to happen when we realize that we can be perfectly compatible with another human being in many areas, while at the same time be perfectly incompatible in an essential area.
But shouldn’t we just compromise? Person A wants x and Person B wants 10x. Easy, right? “Both get 5x,” is what many a marriage counselor would advise. In my professional experience, this sort of compromise simply ensures that both are miserable: Now I’m only half-starving while my partner is only half-force-fed hugs and kisses they never wanted. The result is a self-defeating drama that never needed to occur if we’d only known about and accepted our sexual need for touch, and talked about it at the front end of our romance.