Napping is a great way to live healthier and longer. Over the years, health scientists recorded the beneficial health effects of the afternoon nap. These studies found that a nap can reduce stress and chances of a heart attack. The University of California recently conducted a study and discovered that after a 90-minute nap, volunteers performed better in complicated written tests than those who did not nap. In honor of National Napping month, here are 5 tips for a better nap.
1.) Limit the sound. Find a quiet place so noises will not disturb you. It is preferred that you do not have the TV on, as that could interfere with your sleep cycle.
2.) Get comfortable. An effective nap will always come easier when you are comfortable. Jump in the bed when you take a nap.
3.) Nap in darkness. Use a face pillow or a face mask to provide darkness to make your nap more effective.
4.) Set the alarm. Taking a long nap can throw off your natural rhythm, so keep it around 30 minutes. Also, do not take a nap close to your bed time as it could affect your nighttime sleep.
5.) Watch what you eat. Avoid sugars and caffeine before you nap, as this could prevent you from falling asleep. It is also a good idea to avoid food that is hard to digest which could also keep you from falling asleep.
Napping is a great way to catch up on sleep and puts the body in a relaxed state, which counteracts the effects of daily stress. Don’t feel lazy and take the afternoon nap you crave. Give your mind and body the rest it needs so you can wake up refreshed.
The Tea Council of the USA announced that January is the month to celebrate the healing properties and comfort of enjoying a delicious hot cup of tea. Findings show that tea has potential health benefits that include flavonoids, a substance that could act as an antioxidant helping to reduce oxidative damage in the body. Drinking tea is also linked to promoting good health and reducing chronic diseases like certain types of cancer and coronary heart disease.
Did you know that the quality of the water you use to make your hot tea can have an adverse effect on the flavor and essence of your tea? Check out our previous post, “Can Water Quality Really Ruin a Good Cup of Tea?” which talks about the importance of water filtration and purification to give you the enjoyment of a nice cup of brewed tea. Here are some suggestions for cost-effective dispensers that will give you clean filtered water for your hot tea, hot coffee and even your hot cocoa:
The Everpure EverHot Hot Water System with Chrome Faucet includes a high quality hot/cold chrome faucet that is designed for use with this hot water dispenser system. This Everpure Hot Water System is ideal for enjoying a fresh, hot cup of tea, coffee or other hot beverage. It is also perfect for making quick hot meals such as soup, pasta, oatmeal and more.
The Cuisinart CleanWater Countertop Filter System is a 2 gallon capacity home water filter system that sits directly on your counter to give you fresh, clean and purified water for drinking, cooking, brewing coffee or tea and more. This water dispensing system provides hot water (up to about 194 degrees Fahrenheit) and cold water (as low as 44 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Pentek GS-10CAL/RO-B Inline Filter-GAC/Calcite can be utilized in various applications to correct low pH levels, polish water and brew better tasting tea, coffee and other beverages. It reduces unpleasant taste and chlorine odor, as well as sediment. This Pentek Inline Filter can also be used as a post filter in many reverse osmosis (RO) systems.
If you are a tea-lover, you wouldn’t want to sacrifice the flavor of your brewed beverage due to poor water quality. Filtered water does matter! So, what flavor of tea will you be savoring this month?
November is National Flu Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) each year at least 200,000 people are hospitalized for complications due to the flu, and 36,000 people die from the flu each year. Also, anywhere from 10 to 20% of the US population is infected with the flu virus each year. As the cold and flu season gears up again this year, it is important to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Here are some tips that can help you avoid catching the flu:
Avoid contact with those infected with the flu
The flu is a virus, and as such it is spread from one person to another. Sneezing, coughing, and shaking hands are all ways that the flu can be transmitted. By limiting exposure to people who have been infected with the flu, you reduce your chances of catching the flu.
Wash your hands thoroughly
Keeping your hands clean will limit your exposure to the flu virus.
Get a flu shot
The CDC recommends all persons over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated against the flu annually. This is perhaps your best defense against the flu.