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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

April 30, 2014 Leave a comment

April, 2014

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Sleep is important for people of all ages to stay in good health. (See below to learn how much sleep your body needs.)

How you feel and perform during the day is related to how much sleep you get the night before. If sleepiness interferes with your daily activities, more sleep each night will improve the quality of your waking hours. Unfortunately, recent statistics show up to 40% of adult Americans experience a sleeping problem one or more nights a week on a regular basis.

Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health. Not getting enough sleep is associated with the onset of these diseases and also may complicate their management and outcome.

Sufficient sleep is increasingly being recognized as an essential aspect of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. How much sleep is enough? Sleep needs vary from person to person and change as people age. Consider these sleep guidelines for different age groups.

Newborns

* 16-18 hours

Preschool-aged Children

* 11-12 hours

School-aged Children

* At least 10 hours

Teens

* 9-10 hours

Adults (including older adults)

* 7-8 hours

*Data from the National Institutes of Health.

Simple Steps to Improve Falling and Staying Asleep

* Go to bed at the same time each night, and rise at the same time each morning.

* Sleep in a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.

* Make your bed comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music.

* Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.

* Avoid large meals before bedtime.

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Ten Word Thursday

April 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Starting today, Thursdays are for expanding our vocabulary.

Thus, Ten Word Thursday.

Today’s word: Expanding

Ten synonyms:

Broaden

Burgeon

Enlarge

Amplify

Elaborate

Magnify

Multiply

Piggyback

Protract

Unravel

Can you use these words in a sentence, a paragraph, a thought?!

 

See you next week. . .

Quantum cryptography for mobile phones

April 6, 2014 Leave a comment

University of Bristol

An ultra-high security scheme that could one day get quantum cryptography using Quantum Key Distribution into mobile devices has been developed and demonstrated. Secure mobile communications underpin our society and through mobile phones, tablets and laptops we have become online consumers. The security of mobile transactions is obscure to most people but is absolutely essential if we are to stay protected from malicious online attacks, fraud and theft.

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An ultra-high security scheme that could one day get quantum cryptography using Quantum Key Distribution into mobile devices has been developed and demonstrated by researchers from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Quantum Photonics (CQP) in collaboration with Nokia.

Secure mobile communications underpin our society and through mobile phones, tablets and laptops we have become online consumers. The security of mobile transactions is obscure to most people but is absolutely essential if we are to stay protected from malicious online attacks, fraud and theft.

Currently available quantum cryptography technology is bulky, expensive and limited to fixed physical locations — often server rooms in a bank. The team at Bristol has shown how it is possible to reduce these bulky and expensive resources so that a client requires only the integration of an optical chip into a mobile handset.

The scheme relies on the breakthrough protocol developed by CQP research fellow Dr Anthony Laing, and colleagues, which allows the robust exchange of quantum information through an unstable environment. The research is published in the latest issue of Physical Review Letters.

Dr Laing said: “With much attention currently focused on privacy and information security, people are looking to quantum cryptography as a solution since its security is guaranteed by the laws of physics. Our work here shows that quantum cryptography need not be limited to large corporations, but could be made available to members of the general public. The next step is to take our scheme out of the lab and deploy it in a real communications network.”

The system uses photons — single particles of light — as the information carrier and the scheme relies on the integrated quantum circuits developed at the University of Bristol. These tiny microchips are crucial for the widespread adoption of secure quantum communications technologies and herald a new dawn for secure mobile banking, online commerce, and information exchange and could shortly lead to the production of the first ‘NSA proof’ mobile phone.


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Live Longer with This 30-Minute Habit

April 5, 2014 Leave a comment
[Reprinted from Sharecare]Walking is Fun

 

Do this just 30 minutes and cut your mortality risk dramatically!

 

Or ride your stationary bike. Or dance. Or chase the grandkids around outside. Or shovel some snow. Or all of the above. Just be active for 30 minutes, five times a week. This simple choice cut mortality risk by nearly 20 percent in a recent study.

Walk the Walk
You can’t be your best and be there for others unless you take care of yourself first. So no matter how busy life gets, make time for the active things in life that you enjoy. Doesn’t have to be a killer ab workout or a sweat-till-you-drop spin class. In a study, people who simply did nonvigorous physical activity for 2 1/2 hours a week saw their risk of dying from any cause drop by almost 20 percent compared with the couch potatoes. If there’s no special activity that floats your boat, just walk. Hoofing it for 30 minutes, five times a week, is a small and easy investment to make in your long-term health.

Moving Matters
Of course, a little sweat is healthy, too, so if you want to crank it up a notch, and you don’t have any health conditions in the way, feel free. When the people in the study kicked activity levels into high gear — logging 7 hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week — their mortality risk dropped by 25 percent compared with nonactive folks. Chalk it up to the favorable impact exercise has on weight (active people gain less over time) and blood pressure (exercise helps keep those blood vessel walls nice and relaxed). Make walking a regular part of your life!

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A Very Bad Idea That Millions of People Believe

April 4, 2014 Leave a comment

by Deepak Chopra

 

For the first time since the field of psychology formally became a science, which was only a century ago, serious attention is being paid to happiness. Previously, the focus was on the causes of unhappiness, and with good reason. Mental disorders inflict enormous misery, and generations of clinicians wanted to find some kind of cure. Psychiatrists and psychologists are still devoted to this aim, but room has been made to ask a fundamental question: Is it possible to find lasting happiness?

 

The jury is still out, so far as a professional consensus is concerned. One view is that happiness is fairly random and incidental – it comes and goes, without anyone predicting when it will happen. Another view is that happiness needs to be redefined so that people don’t chase after a fantasy of constant sunshine and bliss. Our expectations should be reduced, with the aim of a general state of contentment. Finally, there are super-optimists who maintain that the highest level of happiness is possible, but it is attainable only by locating a higher reality and establishing yourself there.

Given these very mixed messages, the vast majority of people ignore psychological theory, using their time and energy to carve out a workable, everyday kind of happiness, while in the back of their minds they fear the catastrophes that may destroy their happiness altogether – poverty, crime, and disease. One reason that the field of “positive psychology” came into being is that this seat-of-the-pants approach to happiness doesn’t actually work very well, and it’s probably declining as we speak.

This is where a very bad idea enters the picture. It holds that money buys happiness, and the more money you have, the happier you will be. In a sense, capitalism runs on this idea, but I’m not writing to outline the flaws in capitalism. Every economic system generates its own myths and is blind to its own defects if you believe in the system. The real problem with “money buys happiness” is twofold. First, it’s not true beyond a very limited point. Having enough money to be comfortable produces more happiness than living with the stress of poverty and want. Beyond this fairly modest state of financial security (not so modest if you were born into a poor country or have an impoverished background in a rich one) money brings more stress than it’s worth.

Positive psychologists seem pretty sure about this finding, looking at a broad range of subjects, although of course there are exceptions – rich people who seem exceedingly happy and poor people who seem the same. Even so, if you really care about your happiness more than your bank account, you shouldn’t devote your life to the pursuit of wealth, no matter how much our society glorifies being rich and mythologizes the wealthy as if they live in a paradise on earth.

The second reason that “money buys happiness” is such a bad idea is subtler. The pursuit of money prevents you from finding happiness another way. I hold the minority position about happiness, the one that says lasting happiness depends on our state of awareness, and to find the highest state of happiness, you must reach a higher state of consciousness. The same view has been held for centuries by all the world’s wisdom traditions, and ironically, now is the best time to test it out. In the past, the average person was helpless in the face of poverty, war, and disease. That’s no longer true for millions of people who have enough control over their destiny to pursue happiness rather than simply try to survive.

It would be a shame to waste this golden opportunity by thoughtlessly adhering to such a bad idea as “money buys happiness.” From the seed of this idea grows offspring, such as the idea that poverty means that you are an inferior person, a loser, or the idea that winning is everything, since winning implies monetary rewards. Then there’s the idea that you can use your money to buy so many glittery toys and distractions that these will constitute happiness, and so on. The truth is that happiness is an inner pursuit that is very different from the pursuit of pleasure or the amassment of a fortune. No one should accept this as a given; it needs to be tested out personally. In the end, the message of the world’s wisdom traditions is a call to find out the truth for yourself. It just helps to clear away the underbrush of untruths, and “money buys happiness” is just that.

 


 

 

“Any moment is the right moment to begin the journey to happiness.”

–Robert Eugene Miller

 

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It’s Up to You

April 3, 2014 Leave a comment

start today

One song can spark a moment,

One flower can wake the dream.

One tree can start a forest,

One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,

One handclasp lifts a soul.

One star can guide a ship at sea,

One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,

One sunbeam lights a room.

One candle wipes out darkness,

One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey,

One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,

One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what’s true.

One life can make the difference,

You see, It’s Up to You!

–Anonymous

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