Tuesday, January 14, 2014

5 Insights of 20 for a better Year – Part Three

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5 Insights of 20 for a better Year – Part Three
I found these on Reader’s Digest site.  After reading it over I thought this might just do the trick, These are suggestions that might improve our health. I love the coffee idea… but I should point out that I am not aware that these suggestions have been tested – that is your job.
Here goes….the third 5.

11. Grab Some Sleep Shades
The blue light emitted by your computer screen, smart phone, and television stimulates your brain, making it harder to fall asleep. But even insomniacs typically aren’t willing to give up screen time for the recommended hour or two before bed, says Lisa Shives, MD. So she’s found another solution: blue-light-filtering glasses. Put them on if you’re using the computer before bed, and you’ll sleep much better, Dr. Shives says.

12. Imagine The Worst To Feel Better
Don’t count your blessings; subtract them. “Consciously spend a few minutes imagining what your life would be like without the good things,” says Timothy Wilson, a psychologist at the University of Virginia. You’ll experience stronger feelings of love, gratitude, and happiness when you think about what life would be like without the people and things you love. “And they’ll seem surprising and special again,” he adds.
Timothy Wilson is the author of Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change.

13. Keep Your Cool To Sleep Well
Insomniacs who wear a cap that keeps their brain cool not only sleep better but also sleep as well as people without any sleep problems, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study found recently. While cooling caps aren’t yet available at your local drugstore, you could try this alternative strategy from insomnia specialist Lawrence Epstein, MD: Promote a drop in your body (and brain!) temperature by taking a warm bath 30 minutes to an hour before you hit the sack. Your body’s own natural cooling system will take over in response. Simpler yet, keep your bedroom temp low (no warmer than 65 degrees) and bury all but your head under the covers.
Dr. Lawrence Epstein is chief medical officer of Sleep HealthCenters in Brighton, Massachusetts.

14. Focus Less On The Kids And More On Your Spouse
You’re probably already devoting enough quality time to your children, says Stephanie Coontz, director of research at the Council on Contemporary Families. Parents today spend a lot more time with their kids than parents did in, say, 1965, when most mothers didn’t even work outside the home. Whom should you be hanging with? Your spouse and other adults, Coontz says. A vital and romantic marriage requires constant renewal—new stories, experiences, and memories. So cancel family night occasionally and skip out with your spouse. Better yet, make it a double date.
Stephanie Coontz is the author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.

15. Add A Little Spice
Hot chili peppers do more than just give you a warm and tingly flush. The active ingredient in the peppers, capsaicin, also stokes your metabolism for an hour after you eat it, says celebrity chef Jennifer Iserloh, who developed recipes for Joy Bauer’s Food Cures. Eating spicy foods also helps you feel full faster, so you won’t overeat, and the peppers, low in calories, are good sources of vitamin C. Start by sprinkling a few red chili flakes over Italian dishes, Iserloh suggests, or by subbing a fresh jalapeño for a bell pepper in a recipe.
Jennifer Iserloh is the author of Secrets of a Skinny Chef.

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