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5 Easy Tips for Better Sleep
You may not know it, but a bad night’s sleep does more than leave you feeling groggy, fatigued, and irritable the next morning. When you routinely have a bad night’s sleep, you increase your risk of major health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. You also risk personal injury operating a motor vehicle and/or on the job through lack of focus, and you increase the risk of harming others around you. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sleep deprivation causes an estimated 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S.
Fortunately, a good night’s sleep is fairly easy to fix. Here are the top five things keeping you from a solid night’s rest, and what you can do about them.
1. Rings, Bleeps and Blue Light
If you sleep with your smartphone or tablet beside your bed, the sound of a ringtone or text alert is bad enough to disrupt sleep. But if you’re in the habit of scrolling through Facebook or watching YouTube while tucked under the covers, you’re actually suppressing a key sleep hormone.
You awaken and sleep according to a natural biological clock called the circadian rhythm. During the day, blue wavelength light from the sun boosts attention, reaction time and mood. At night, without exposure to the sun, your body clock switches to sleep mode and produces the sleep hormone melatonin. Electronic devices give off the same blue light as the sun, which suppresses melatonin and throws your body clock out of whack for a bad night’s sleep.
A few simple remedies:
2. Your Mattress Has Passed Its “Best Before Date”
Mattresses are big, expensive and everyone hates moving them (especially if you have to cram one up some stairs or into an elevator). Yet the quality, comfort and support of your mattress is a major player in the quality of your sleep, and if you can’t remember the last time you bought a new one, it’s probably time.
The general consensus among mattress manufactures is that you should replace your mattress every 8-10 years. So if your once-cushy mattress is now looking and feeling like a waffle that’s been run over by a truck, invest your cash into the best-quality new mattress you can find (and for someone to deliver it for you). :)
3. Light Pollution
Electronic devices aren’t the only sources of nighttime light that can disrupt your sleep. As a side effect or urbanization, general light pollution at night from street lights, buildings, offices and more can cause major sleep disruption.
Your skin has light-sensitive receptor cells called rhodopsin (also found in your eyes). When light pollution spills onto your skin, your skin “sees” this light and begins producing daytime levels of hormones and other chemicals that disrupt sleep and keep you awake.
To avoid this, make sure you have drapes or blinds that completely screen out light pollution. Or buy a sleep mask. They come in a range of colors, fabrics, and options, including fleece and soothing gel beads. If you’re a guy and that sounds too weird, grab a plain black mask and sleep soundly knowing you look like a super hero. ;)
4. Car Chases and Other Small-Screen Thrills
Did you hear about the person who fell asleep right in the middle of watching a big car chase on TV? Of course you didn’t. That’s because TV stimulates the brain and triggers emotions that cause surges of hormones like adrenaline, which boosts energy, speeds up your heart rate and puts you on hyper alert. In other words, watching TV before bed may feel relaxing. But watching TV before bed can saturate your body with chemicals that’ll keep you awake for hours. For optimal sleep, experts recommend turning off the TV about an hour before bed.
5. Temperature (or, Too Much of the First or Second Porridge)
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the best temperature for sleeping is 65 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18 degrees Celsius), which may seem chilly. But the right thermal environment is one of the most important factors affecting your sleep.
Through a natural process called thermoregulation, your body decreases in temperature as it enters the sleep cycle. When your room is too hot, the heat raises your core temperature toward daytime levels. This signals your body to raise energy to daytime levels, which causes restless and broken sleep. So dial the thermostat down in the colder weather and grab an extra blanket if needed.
The reverse is true in hot weather. An overly chilly room from air conditioning will also cause restless sleep. So set air conditioning to around 65 degrees. If you don’t have air conditioning, run fans, or open windows for a cross-breeze.
To summarize using the Goldilocks analogy: For optimal sleep, you don’t want your room temperature to be the first bowl of porridge (too hot) or second one (too cold). You want it to be the third bowl (Ah... just right)!
Read More about the causes, effects, and solutions for restful sleep and mental focus.
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If you can’t remember the last time you checked your blood pressure, you’re long overdue. As a leading cause of heart attack, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, high blood pressure has no symptoms.
Did you know that roughly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure? Yet only about half of these people have it under control, and the statistic is due in part to some common misconceptions.
Hello. This is Matt, Senior Nutritionist here at Optimal Health Products, pointing out something important that you may not realize about the toxins in your body.
Most people believe that having a healthy heart is either a matter of good genetics ("he’s just lucky") or a strict diet ("I just have to give up salt").
The truth is, genetics and food choices are NOT the root cause of your struggle to rid your body of the risk of heart disease and a potential heart attack or stroke, no matter how hard you try. Your high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and high blood sugar have little to do with bad genes or ANY of the most common things believed to cause heart disease.
Your struggle to protect and even heal your heart comes down to 3 little-known factors that your doctor might not even know about!
In the next few minutes, I'm going to show you how a weird herb has been shown to STOP these 3 little-known problems dead in their tracks so your blood pressure stabilizes, your cholesterol and blood-sugar levels improve and you get the heart-health results you want while no longer worrying about heart attack or stroke.
But before I do, however, it’s extremely important to understand the three critical things that must take place to STOP the potential of heart disease, including the possibility of a heart attack or stroke:
Sugar is necessary for survival. Blood sugar (or, blood glucose) refers to sugar that’s introduced into the bloodstream to supply needed energy to all the cells in the body. Our bodies are made to regulate those levels, making sure they’re neither too high nor too low.
Unfortunately, sugar is made from the food we eat. Our digestive system breaks down carbs from food and sends them straight to our bloodstream as glucose, a simple sugar that converts to energy. However, glucose can only enter the cells via insulin.
Unbalanced insulin levels result in either type 1 diabetes (also known as insulin sensitivity, or too low levels) or type 2 diabetes (too high levels).
This means, the higher your insulin levels, the higher your chance of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease that literally damages the structure and function of your heart.
Insulin doesn’t care whether your blood sugar is at a healthy level. Its only concern is that you do not starve and have the ability to produce energy for your body to burn.
The big, ugly problem: Unless you do something to “short-circuit” this biological need to feed your cells, you’ll never have the heart health you want and deserve.
It begins with maintaining your insulin levels, because modern living—along with diets full of refined sugars and other challenges—have made it so most of us are nearly insulin-unbalanced all the time. This not only makes eating right nearly impossible, it also makes choosing when and how often to eat MUCH harder.
Think about the last time you were ravenously hungry? You began to feel weak and dizzy, right? You began to feel yourself shutting down—and that’s exactly what insulin issues can do.
Whether you’ve heard of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) or “good” cholesterol (HDL), I assure you. They’re having a MASSIVE effect on the health of your blood.
LDL cholesterol is considered bad because it creates plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries, making them less flexible. (This is known as atherosclerosis.) Eventually, a clot can form, blocking a narrowed artery, often resulting in heart attack or stroke. Another condition called peripheral artery disease can develop when plaque buildup and narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs (usually the legs). Either scenario often results in death or life-altering consequences.
HDL cholesterol is considered good because it aids in removing LDL cholesterol from the arteries. Scientists believe HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and safely back to the liver, where it’s broken down and passed from the body.
A healthy level of HDL cholesterol will protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
Without properly balanced cholesterol and blood-sugar levels, your heart valves become restricted with plaque buildup, and that leads to a damaged and unhealthy heart. All this combined begins to affect other parts of your body and internal organs because they are starved of needed oxygen and blood that is pumped to them by your heart. After years of unhealthy eating, unbalanced cholesterol and blood-sugar levels all over the place, your overall heart health begins to deteriorate. In worse cases, not protecting your heart health can lead to major damage resulting in the need for heart surgery or a heart transplant. In the worst case, deteriorated hearth health can lead to death.
And it gets worse with each passing year, not only making it harder to avoid heart disease but actually causing you to GET A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE—no matter how hard you try to avoid it.
Your stress levels increase. The number you see on the blood-pressure monitor goes up and perhaps worst of all, you begin to live your life in complete fear and feel like your heart is a bomb waiting to go off.
This vicious cycle not only accelerates with each passing year, it begins to compromise other parts of your health. Your sleep quality drops. Your stress begins to affect those around you. You stay away from strenuous activities including all exercise, and those things accelerate the cycle yet again.
Each time, the cycle speeds up, which is why heart disease is often so accelerated later in life.
This is pretty disheartening for anyone looking to maintain healthy blood levels and transform their heart health.
What if you could balance your blood sugar, lower your bad cholesterol, maintain good cholesterol, naturally control your blood pressure and get rid of the fear of a heart attack or stroke?
If you could do that, you could essentially turn your heart into a well-run machine, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Can you just imagine how much more safe you’d feel if these 3 hidden dangers of heart disease were no longer standing in the way of a healthy heart?
Well, there is a way to fix these dangers, get your blood pressure under control, maintain healthy cholesterol levels and balance your blood-sugar levels.
The solution not only works on a deeper cellular level but also in your overall well-being. So the results are rapidly felt, deep and long-term.
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Introducing our 100% all-natural proprietary blend called StrictionBP. This unique but extremely effective supplement has been scientifically created to safely protect your heart from damage.
StrictionBP uses a “magical” little extract called Ceylon Cinnamon from an amazing herb that grows selectively in Sri Lanka.
Randomized-controlled research published on type 2 diabetes demonstrated the significant effect Ceylon Cinnamon can have regarding blood-sugar levels.
These results were pooled together with results from a recent study and published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
These results were not accomplished by every brand of the supplement, but rather only quality-sourced Ceylon Cinnamon.
After 4 weeks of supplementing with 120 mg of quality-sourced Ceylon Cinnamon per day, test subjects (543 patients) saw significantly reduced levels of fasting plasma glucose (blood sugar) from -40.52 to -8.67, and an increase of good cholesterol (HDL) from 1.09 to 2.24 while decreasing the bad cholesterol (LDL) from 17.21 to -1.63.
The effects of Ceylon Cinnamon extract work 5 different ways:
By naturally balancing your blood sugar, cholesterol levels and blood pressure, you’re unlikely to ever develop conditions like insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease.
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Now, you could learn about these powerful ingredients and then try to independently source the individual ingredients. The problem is, after you’ve found all the products and sources, purchased minimum quantities of each (which is often a large amount), paid shipping on each, and sorted through a huge stage of studies on the most effective dose of each one needed to help balance your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar, you’ll literally have spent weeks or months of time, and hundreds (if not thousands!) of dollars—and you’ll have waited all that time to even begin to make progress.
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