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7 Surprising Reasons You Wake Up Tired

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When you can’t sleep, you know it. But what about when you can, yet you wake up feeling tired and achy or you’re groggy again a few hours later? What’s that about? All too often, it turns out, the problem is one that doesn’t keep you awake but does sabotage your sleep in more subtle ways, so the hours you spend in bed don’t refresh and revitalize you the way they should. Here are seven signs that you have a sleep problem that’s secretly stealing your rest.

1. You sleep poorly and wake with a bad taste in your mouth.

What it’s a symptom of: “Morning mouth” can be a signal of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or asymptomatic heartburn. Recent sleep studies have shown that up to 25 percent of people who report sleeping poorly without a diagnosed cause have sleep-related acid reflux. But because they don’t have obvious heartburn symptoms, they’re unaware of the condition.

How it interrupts sleep: Acid reflux causes the body to partially awaken from sleep, even when there are no symptoms of heartburn. The result of this “silent reflux” is fitful, uneven sleep, but when you wake up digestion is complete and you can’t tell why you slept poorly.

What to do: Follow treatment suggestions for heartburn, even though you aren’t experiencing classic heartburn symptoms: Don’t eat for at least two hours before hitting the sack, and avoid acid-causing foods in your evening meals. (Alcohol, chocolate, heavy sauces, fatty meats, spicy foods, citrus fruits, and tomatoes all contribute to heartburn and acid reflux.) Some doctors also recommend chewing gum before bed, because it boosts the production of saliva, which neutralizes stomach acid.

Certain medications, particularly aspirin and other painkillers, are hard on the stomach and esophageal lining, so don’t take them just before bed.

Sleep studies have shown that sleeping on the left side reduces symptoms, and sleeping on the right side causes them to worsen because acid takes longer to clear out of the esophagus when you’re on your right side. If you prefer to sleep on your back — a position that can increase reflux — elevating your head and shoulders can help.

Losing weight can do wonders to banish heartburn and acid reflux. And if all else fails, try taking an over-the-counter antacid.

2. You toss and turn or wake up often to use the bathroom.

What it’s a symptom of: Nocturia is the official name for waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 65 percent of older adults are sleep deprived as a result of frequent nighttime urination. Normally, our bodies have a natural process that concentrates urine while we sleep so we can get six to eight hours without waking. But as we get older, we become less able to hold fluids for long periods because of a decline in antidiuretic hormones.

How it interrupts sleep: For some people, the problem manifests as having to get up to use the bathroom, and then being unable to get back to sleep. Once middle-of-the-night sleeplessness attacks, they lie awake for hours. But for others the problem is more subtle; they may sleep fitfully without waking fully, as the body attempts to send a signal that it needs to go.

What to do: Start with simple steps. Don’t drink any liquids for at least three hours before going to bed. This includes foods with a lot of liquid in them, like soups or fruit. Lower your coffee and tea consumption; the acids in coffee and tea can irritate the bladder. Don’t drink alcohol, which functions as a diuretic as well as a bladder irritant.

Go to the bathroom last thing before getting in bed and relax long enough to fully empty your bladder. It’s also important to get checked for conditions that cause urination problems. Guys, this means getting your prostate checked. Inflammation of the prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPN), and prostate tumors can all cause frequent urination. In women, overactive bladderurinary tract infectionsincontinence, and cystitis are common causes of urinary problems.

Diabetes can also cause frequent urination, so if you haven’t been tested for diabetes recently, see your doctor. Certain drugs such as diuretics and heart medications can contribute to this problem; if that’s the case, talk to your doctor about taking them earlier in the day. A prescription antidiuretic can cut down on nighttime urination if all else fails and there’s no underlying issue.

3. Your jaw clicks, pops, or feels sore, or your teeth are wearing down.

What it’s a symptom of: Teeth grinding, officially known as bruxism, is a subconscious neuromuscular activity. Bruxism often goes on without your being aware of it; experts estimate that only 5 percent of people who grind their teeth or clench their jaws know they do it until a sleep partner notices the telltale sound or a dentist detects wear on the teeth. Jaw clenching is another form of bruxism, except you clench your teeth tightly together rather than moving them from side to side. Jaw clenching can be harder to detect than grinding, but one sign is waking with pain or stiffness in the neck.

How it interrupts sleep: Bruxism involves tensing of the jaw muscles, so it interferes with the relaxation necessary for deep sleep. And if you’re fully grinding, your body is engaged in movement rather than resting.

What to do: See a dentist. If you don’t have one, dental schools often offer low-cost dental care provided by students supervised by a professor. A dentist can look for underlying causes, such as problems with your bite alignment, and can prescribe a mouth-guard-type device such as a dental splint. If jaw clenching is your primary issue, there are specific dental devices for that.

Experts also suggest giving up gum chewing during the day, because the habitual chewing action can continue at night. Some people who grind their teeth have experienced relief from botox injections to the jaw muscle. Others have had success using a new biofeedback device called Grindcare, approved by the FDA in 2010.

4. You move all over the bed or wake tangled in the covers.

What it’s a symptom of: That kind of movement indicates restless leg syndrome or a related problem, periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD).

How it interrupts sleep: Doctors don’t know exactly what causes these sleep movement disorders, but they do know they’re directly related to a lack of deep, restful, REM sleep. The restlessness can prevent you from sinking into deep sleep, or a muscle jerk can wake or partially rouse you from deep sleep.

What to do: See a doctor to discuss your symptoms and get a diagnosis, which may also involve looking for underlying conditions related to restless leg syndrome or PLMD. Diabetesarthritis, peripheral neuropathy, anemia, thyroid disease, and kidney problems can all contribute to restless leg syndrome and PLMD. Make sure to tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking; a number of medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines, and lithium, can cause restless leg syndrome as a side effect.

You can also try making dietary changes to make sure you’re getting enough iron and B vitamins, particularly folic acid, since iron and folate deficiency have been linked to restless leg syndrome. Red meat, spinach, and other leafy greens are good sources of both nutrients, but you may want to take supplements as well. If your doctor diagnoses restless leg syndrome or PLMD, medications used to treat Parkinson’s can relieve symptoms by eliminating the muscle jerks. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to help you sleep more deeply, with the idea of preventing the involuntary movements from keeping you in light sleep.

5. You wake up with a dry mouth or horrible morning breath.

What it’s a symptom of: Mouth breathing and snoring both disrupt sleep by compromising breathing. Look for drool on your pillow or in the corners of your mouth. If you have a partner, ask him or her to monitor you for snoring, gasping, or overloud breathing.

How it interrupts sleep: Mouth breathing and snoring can interrupt sleep because you’re not getting enough air to fully relax. Severe snoring — particularly when accompanied by gasps or snorts — can also indicate a more serious problem with obstructed breathing during sleep.

What to do: Train yourself to breathe through your nose. Try snore-stopping nose strips, available over the counter at the drugstore, or use saline nasal spray to irrigate your nasal passages. Experiment with sleep positions; most people have a tendency to snore and breathe through their mouths when sleeping on their backs. Use pillows to prop yourself on your side, or try the tennis ball trick: Put a tennis ball in the back pocket of your pajama bottoms (or attach it some other way), so it alerts you when you roll over.

If you typically drink alcohol in the evening, try cutting it out. Alcohol, a sedative, relaxes the muscles of the nose and throat, contributing to snoring. Other sedatives and sleeping pills do the same thing, so avoid using anything sedating. Alcohol also can trigger snoring in two other ways: It makes you sleep more deeply initially and is dehydrating.

Losing weight — even just ten pounds — can eliminate snoring, studies show. If none of these solutions work, consult a doctor to get tested for sleep-disordered breathing conditions such as apnea.

6. You sleep fitfully, feel exhausted all the time, and wake with a sore throat or neck pain.

What it’s a symptom of: Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder defined as breathing interrupted by intervals of ten seconds or more. A milder sleep breathing problem is upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), in which breathing is obstructed but stops for shorter intervals of under ten seconds. The number of people who have sleep apnea and don’t know it is astounding; experts estimate that 20 million Americans have sleep apnea, and 87 percent of those are unaware they have the problem. One mistaken assumption is that you have to snore to have sleep apnea. In fact, many people with apnea don’t snore.

How it interrupts sleep: Obstructive sleep apnea results when the throat closes and cuts off airflow, preventing you from getting enough oxygen. UARS is similar, but it’s usually tongue position that blocks air from getting into the throat. Blood oxygen levels drop, and when the brain knows it’s not getting enough oxygen, it starts to wake up. This causes fitful, unproductive sleep. Weight gain is a major factor in sleep apnea, because when people gain weight they end up with extra-soft tissue in the throat area, which causes or contributes to the blockage.

What to do: See an otolaryngologist, who will examine your nose, mouth, and throat to see what’s interrupting your breathing and how to fix the problem. It’s also important to have your oxygen levels measured during sleep. Your doctor will likely recommend using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, a mask that blows air directly into your airways. Studies have shown CPAP masks to be extremely effective in treating sleep apnea. Another mask called a BiPap (Bilevel positive airway pressure device) works similarly but has dual pressure settings. Airway masks only work if you wear them, so work closely with your doctor to choose a model that’s comfortable for you.

Other options include oral appliances, which change your mouth position by moving your jaw forward to open up the throat, and surgery, which aims to remove the excess tissue from the throat. Newer, minimally invasive outpatient surgical treatments include the Pillar procedure, which involves using permanent stitches to firm up the soft palate; coblation, which uses radiofrequency to shrink nasal tissues; and use of a carbon dioxide laser to shrink the tonsils.

7. You get a full night’s sleep but feel groggy all the time or get sleepy while driving.

What it’s a symptom of: This signals circadian rhythm problems or, more simply, getting out of sync with night and day. Irregular sleep patterns, staying up late under bright lights, working a shift schedule, using computers and other devices in bed, and having too much light in the room while you sleep can disrupt your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.

Why it interrupts sleep: The onset of darkness triggers production of the hormone melatonin, which tells the brain it’s time to sleep. Conversely, when your eyes register light, it shuts off melatonin production and tells you it’s time to wake up. Even a small amount of ambient light in the room can keep your body from falling into and remaining in a deep sleep. The use of devices with lighted screens is especially problematic in terms of melatonin production because the light shines directly into your eyes. This light is also at the blue end of the spectrum, which scientists believe is particularly disruptive to circadian rhythms.

What to do: Try to get on a regular sleep schedule that’s not too far off from the natural cycle of night and day — and preferably the same schedule all week. (Experts recommend 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. or 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night, but that’s just a general outline.) If you struggle with not feeling alert in the morning, go outside and take a brisk walk in daylight to feel more awake; you’ll find that it’s much easier to fall asleep the following night. This is also a trick experts recommend to help night owls reset their internal clocks. Force yourself to get up and get into bright light one or two mornings in a row and you’ll be less likely to get that “second wind” and burn the midnight oil or experience nighttime sleeplessness.

As much as possible, banish all screens (TVs, computers, and iPads) for at least an hour before bed. Reading is much more sleep-inducing than looking at a lighted screen, but make sure your reading light isn’t too bright and turn it so it doesn’t shine in your eyes. Remove night-lights; if you need to get up in the middle of the night, keep a small flashlight next to your bed, being careful to turn it away from you. Check your bedroom for all sources of light, however small. Does your smoke alarm have a light in it? Put tape over it. Use an alarm clock without a lighted dial, or cover it. If your windows allow moonlight and light from streetlights to shine in, install blackout curtains or shades tightly fitted to the window frames. Don’t charge laptops, phones, cameras, and other devices in your bedroom unless you cover the light they give off.

7 Steps To Love with Bedroom Feng Shui

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7 Steps To Love with Bedroom Feng Shui

Is your love life in the doldrums? Do you crave the warmth of a lover’s touch, the sharing of fun and laughter with a trusted partner, the feeling of safety and support that only a loving relationship can provide?

If you’re looking for love, Feng Shui has ways to help you find what you’re searching for.

Start by thinking about the place in your home where you spend the most time – your bedroom. This room, where you spend fully one-third of your life, has an outsize influence on your health, your emotional well-being, and especially your loving relationships.

The more time you spend in a place, the more important it is to make sure it supports and nourishes you to the maximum extent possible. In fact, Feng Shui regards your bedroom as the most important room in your home and has developed specific ways to arrange it to help you attract love into your life.

As a Feng Shui consultant I’ve helped countless clients cultivate and nurture healthy and happy love lives. Here are my top tips to help you start turning your love life in the right direction, right now.

1. Empower your intention by considering the Primary Purpose of your bedroom. Think about it: what do you want most in this room? If the answer is “Love!” then take a look around and start sending that message to yourself and the universe by creating a sanctuary where you can create a beautiful love life.

Everything in your bedroom should be related to its primary purpose of love: get rid of work materials, exercise equipment, kids’ toys, the TV set, books and other distractions.

2. Make room for love by clearing clutter. This is #1 for good Feng Shui in any room but it’s particularly important in the bedroom, where distractions should be at a minimum.

3. Create a bit of extra room in your closets and dresser drawers. You’re much more likely to attract love when there’s literally space in your life, so make room for two! If you live in New York City like I do, spaces are small and it can be challenging to make space in your closets. Either get rid of some belongings, or call a remodeling contractor to see if you can add storage space.

4. Make sure your bedroom contains only happy personal memories. Check particularly under the bed, an area that may be out of sight but is never out of mind. Think carefully about the nature of the things you sleep on top of every night. Do you really want the energy of dirty shoes, old photographs or tax records underneath you during the most intimate moments of your life?

5. Use imagery of pairs as decor in your room – two nightstands and lamps on either side of the bed, artwork of two beings in relationship with one another, a pair of candles on the bureau to create a romantic atmosphere. Double-check to make sure that every image you use is positive and uplifting.

6. Furnish your serene new sanctuary with alluring colors and sensual textures. Stir the passions with colors that are warm – but not hot – and textures that invite a loving touch. Is your lighting harsh? It’s worth it to hire an electrician to install some ambient lighting.

7. Love yourself. This is the best way to put yourself in a position to attract a life partner who loves you for the person you truly are. Participate in activities that arouse your passion and enthusiasm, connect with your favorite people, prepare the foods you love. After participating fully in life every day, you’ll use your bedroom for the purpose it’s meant for every night: refreshment, rest and re-connection with yourself or your love partner.

If love is on your mind, focus on your bedroom. Find your path to happiness and nourish the intimacy you desire by creating a room that matches your dreams.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/seven-steps-to-love-with-bedroom-feng-shui.html#ixzz1rTqaEBTS

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B&Bs Update For A New Era

Most people don’t think “modern” when they imagine a bed & breakfast. Here’s where they’re mistaken.

Friday, February 10, 2012 Dan Marcec 

When you hear the term “Bed & Breakfast,” what’s the first thing that pops in your mind? Eating amidst uncomfortable conversation with eight strangers? Running down a cold hallway from a shared bath, hoping your towel doesn’t fall off before you get back to your room? A creepy doll staring at you from the corner of your more-outdated-than-expected Victorian-style accommodations? 

While these only-slightly exaggerated experiences are still prevalent at B&Bs across the globe, there’s a lot more diversity in this lodging market segment than most guests realize.

“We’re not about shared baths and forced socialization anymore,” says Scott Cowger, Owner-Innkeeper at the Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center in Hallowell, Maine, outside of Augusta. “It’s so rare that a B&B has shared bath, but people think that’s what we’re about, some rustic accommodation that you’re forced to socialize and to walk down the hall to shower. The traveler needs to ask more questions, and it’s important for us to get that information to them.”

To Cowger’s point, in fact, according to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, more than 97 percent of B&Bs offer private baths in some, if not all rooms. For those looking to economize on rates, a shared bath option is available in approximately 12 percent of B&Bs. In other words, the perception of a completely communal living experience is misguided, to say the least.

Many B&Bs have shifted to offer a more hotel-like in-room experience and amenity package due to the fact that they’re often in direct competition with surrounding hotels. And that’s both a blessing and a curse. A curse because they’re not a hotel, and some guests are not going to stay at a B&B purely because of the stereotype. But on the other hand, modernized bricks, mortar and most importantly, service, is a blessing because B&Bs can take personalized accommodations to the next level.

“There’s the expectation that guests all have to sit together for breakfast at an appointed hour, but we offer a more hotel-like experience in that people can choose the time they want to have breakfast, any time between 7:30 and 10:30, and we even serve it earlier or later than that based on specific circumstances,” says Karen Reid, co-owner and operator of McKenzie Orchards Bed & Breakfast outside Eugene, Ore.

McKenzie Orchards has separate eating areas throughout its great room and common areas overlooking the McKenzie River, yet there is a large table where guests can sit together if they choose. The hotel-like amenities don’t stop there. Each guest room features large closets, a desk to set up a computer, free wi-fi, a comfortable lounge chair, and high-end bathrooms with heaters – something you NEVER find in a hotel.

“Since we designed the house specifically to be a B&B, we had the opportunity to do anything we wanted within the budget,” says Reid. “There’s not one single B&B niche, and the customer base is expanding, so we were able to design it to be best of all worlds both as a private home and features you expect in a high-end hotel.”

BedandBreakfast.com, a comprehensive travel site dedicated to information about more than 11,000 B&Bs worldwide, recently revamped its interface to reflect the changes in the B&B segment and to dispel some of those common myths out there.

“Our data found that travelers have misperceptions about today’s B&Bs, so we re-designed it to highlight their distinctive offerings and amenities,” says Gregory Sion, recently named general manager of BedandBreafast.com. “Frequent B&B guests will tell you they feel more pampered and comfortable when they stay in an inn, and they appreciate the value that comes from all the extras.”

Crashing the Comp Set

From a competitive standpoint, B&Bs are challenged when they coexist in markets with other hotels – and many of them do, considering that all inns are not hidden on a remote mountaintop like some might think.

“It’s a big challenge to convince the business traveler that we have everything hotels have and more, because they’re concerned about consistency,” says Cowger. “You go to a Hilton and you know what you get.”

Luckily, the explosion of the Internet, and now particularly, location-based mobile marketing, has been a windfall to even the playing field when it comes to getting the word out.

“Ninety-five percent of our business is Internet driven, and while a lot of innkeepers don’t want to give up commissions and fees, I don’t mind because you have to do it to play with the big boys,” Cowger says.

Cowger adds an interesting point, however. Because of the inn’s location in Hallowell, outside of Augusta, he’s had some visibility challenges because OTAs will leave him off the “hotels in Augusta area” radar. But with a location-based service like Google Hotel Finder, Maple Hill Farm comes up near the top of the list, because it’s closer to state capitol building than the hotels out by the highway.

“For much of the world, it makes sense for hotels to be listed by city, but our area is different,” he says. “I deal with this with AAA every year. We just got bumped up to 3 diamond, but they won’t list us under Augusta. So even though we get a wonderful rating, unless people look through guidebook in detail, they won’t find us in the Augusta market if they’re looking for lodging there.”

Luckily, being creative is not new territory for B&Bs, as it’s in their nature to think outside the beige box of a typical hotel. So as modern marketing mechanisms have come to fruition, many innkeepers are taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to stay a step ahead.

“We’ve discovered that the old fashioned forms of advertising, like paid ads in magazines or flyers or a newsletter type thing at the university, they don’t pencil out – it has virtually no return, and you can’t track it,” says Reid.

She reiterates that being in directories and tour books has been supplanted by Internet and mobile devices, and likewise to Maple Hill Farm, more than 90 percent of McKenzie’s guests book on the Web.

“We have a nice rack card at local wineries because the kind of people that go to wine tastings might want something more upscale,” Reid adds, “but we are NOT the kind of B&B people stereotype, so we want to differentiate ourselves from that by fighting for exposure through search engines. People will find us on the first page if they search ‘modern’ B&B, and we make a big point of that.”

[Editor’s Note: McKenzie was 9th in line on Google when I searched “modern B&B” today, with seven of those links for a property actually called “Modern B&B”]

Serving Up Exceeded Expectations

Once the word is out, it’s all about execution and living up to the service standard, which B&Bs can offer much more personally, even if the amenities are similar to local hotels.

“The amenity creep is real: no one served breakfast when we started, and it’s interesting now that a lot of them serve a whole hot breakfast,” says Cowger. “We’re not as unique in that sense anymore, but we can provide off the menu requests and a lot of variety, including a full country breakfast with eggs from the farm here.” Another differentiation point at Maple Hill Farm is that the property has a liquor license. Again, local hotels may have a lobby bar, but the intimacy of having a drink with someone at their home, where you can have a quiet, private chat with the owner or take a seat in a comfy, quiet chair while enjoying a nightcap alone is almost unthinkable in even a 50-room boutique hotel. “Innkeepers are as varied as the inns themselves, and we pride ourselves on being professional without overwhelming the guests,” says Cowger. “They are here to relax, and we’re here to support them. If they want to come to the bar and chat they can of course, but we let them do what they do. You look at comments about innkeepers as well as the inns, and guests can feel cornered sometimes. Every traveler needs to find a good fit.” The other paradox about hotel properties is that the bigger the hotel, the more service you tend to get, but the less personal it then becomes. In giant resorts you’re more likely to have someone saying hello in the hallway, or there to prop your feet up in the lobby, not to mention the robust concierge services. Of course, this is a product of having the money for high staffing models and creating the perception of luxury, rather than connecting personally. A B&B can offer the best of both worlds, and arguably more, according to Reid. “We offer peer services, which is better than a concierge service, because as hosts, we are your equal and not a subordinate,” she notes. “We’re able to give our guests all the services they’re able to get from a concierge, make appointments for people with a vet, for a massage – anything they need we can do it at no charge. The difference is here everyone is a potential friend. At a hotel, most of the staff does not have a relationship with the guest – it’s more formal and you don’t interact with the people in the same way.” Hospitality in its nature is about providing basic needs for others when they’re away from their source for food and shelter. Every lodging property has to strike that balance between providing an environment where travelers feel as comfortable as they would at home, but at the same time make guests feel like they’re someplace special. Today, more and more B&Bs are offering that happy medium for many travelers who want all the modern conveniences and amenities, but are looking for something with a more personal touch. Appendix: B&B Traveler Trends *October 2011 surveys of B&B travelers, via BedAndBreakfast.com More than 80 percent of B&B travelers are between the ages of 35-65. Almost a third (29%) of travelers have stayed in more B&Bs this year than last. Leisure travel remains strong for bed and breakfast guests with nearly 90 percent of BedandBreakfast.com™ guests traveling as much or more this winter compared to last. Nearly 60 percent of travelers plan to take one or more weekend trip this winter and 40 percent plan to take one or more week-long trip. The majority of B&B travelers drive less than 250 miles for their getaway. When it comes to B&B travelers, the survey found they enjoy all kinds of destinations, with beaches (62%) the most popular destination, followed by cities (60%), mountains (57%) and rural destinations (48%), and all kinds of travel experiences from quiet and relaxed (55%) to busy and active (45%). More than 80 percent of those surveyed travel less than 250 miles for their weekend getaways (84%) and travel with their partner/spouse when going to a B&B (82%).  In addition to romantic locations, two of three travelers also choose B&Bs in historic areas (63%) and nature and wildlife (61%) destinations.  When deciding where to stay on a trip, B&B travelers look for free onsite parking (73%), flexible check-in (60%) and free breakfast (57%).  Other important amenities include in-room fireplace, on-premise restaurant, pool or hot tub, and private whirlpool tub.

Why Good Sleep is Important For Good Health?

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Sleep is one of the precious gifts of god. A good night sleep makes you fit and cheerful after you wake up from sleep. For a healthy living, good food and good sleep are very important. Sleep makes the tired body not only cheerful, but also healthy. At the time of sleep, most of the organs and cells of the body are working in slow, respiration, heart and nervous system. The temperature is reduced by 0.5 to 1.0º F. The blood pressure will be 20mm less. The tone of the skeletal muscles will be reduced. The pupils are constricted and eyes are rolled upwards. A clean body and mind, physical exercises, relaxed mood and perfect food control are sleep producing methods.

There are several health benefits of sleep. Some of the major health benefits of good sleep are as below –

1. A proper sleep is necessary for good eye sight (vision). If you do not sleep properly at night then you will have defective vision.
2. Emaciation, weakness, impotency, sterility, lack of knowledge and death may be result of poor sleep.
3. A good night sleep strengthens the presence of your mind and consciousness. It makes you feel energized and physically more alert.
4. It enhances your memory and learning capacity. Getting adequate sleep will help you remember and process things better.
5. Good sleep strengthens your immune system and makes you less prone to various illnesses.
6. It reduces stress, tension and anxiety. A proper sleep allows your body to rest and relax. When your body lacks sleep it goes into a state of stress.
7. Good night sleep helps to lose weight. Sleep deficient individuals are more likely to be overweight or obese.
8. Good night sleep keeps your heart healthy. Lack of proper sleep has been associated with increasing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

So, getting adequate night sleep is important to your well being in achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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Have You Considered Staying in a Bed and Breakfast?

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By: Sue Taylor

 

Do you enjoy going on vacation but feel like a change from staying in the impersonal hotel chains? Why not consider a Bed and Breakfast? As the public become more discerning about the standard of accommodation that they demand, the hospitality industry has had to respond. Forgot your old pre-conceived ideas of Bed and Breakfast style accommodation you might have and start considering the modern version which often include great locations, spacious and luxurious rooms, gracious hosts, fabulous breakfasts and the sort of peace that you would never experience in a large hotel.

You may be concerned about the idea of staying in somebody’s home when all you want is some peace and quiet. Experienced hosts will sense very quickly as to whether you are a guest who wants to be left alone or whether you are happy to mix.

If you are new to B & B accommodation, it may be wise to stay either somewhere that you have been referred to or one that is part of a group. Those B & B’s that belong to particular lodging groups are monitored regularly and have to undergo a rigorous evaluation process to become part of the group. Most countries that offer B & B accommodation have directories are available which will rate and review various establishments. The internet is obviously a good resource for researching and finding reviews about various B & B establishments.

The B & B industry has been undergoing a renaissance over the past decade. As the public desire different styles of accommodation, the B & B market is responding by offering what people are look for whether that be luxury, privacy, a great location or just a change from the impersonal hotel experience.

There is such a variety in the style of accommodation various B & B’s can offer. Whether you are looking for a honeymoon destination, a romantic get away, a family style holiday, a reunion or even a business conference, B & B’s can cater for it all.

Why not give it a try? You may well be pleasantly surprised.

Author Resource:-> Sue Taylor is the webmaster of several travel sites and she has stayed in many different styles of accommodation. Refer to http://www.allaboutbedandbreakfast.co.nz

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