5 Tips for a Better Nap | Health Benefits

National Napping MonthNapping 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.

National Inventors Month: Water Filtration Pioneers

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August is National Inventors Month, a time where we celebrate the great inventions ever created. This is also a day to look back on water filtration inventions that have affected so many of our lives. Water filtration systems date back for more than 4,000 years. Let’s take a look at some of the great inventors who contributed to water filtration.

The famed Greek scientist, Hippocrates was among the first to recognize the healing power of water. He acknowledged that the water available in Greek aqueducts was far from pure. To fight this problem, he designed his own crude water filter to “purify” the water he used for his patients, that later became known as the “Hippocratic sleeve.” This filter was a cloth bag through which water could be poured after being boiled. The cloth would trap any sentiments in the water that were causing bad taste or smell.

Philip Emery, an inventor from Irvine, California, is often credited for creating the first water filter. According to Free Patents Online, he filed his invention with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1977 and received approval two years later. However, the first modern water purification system is credited to inventor C.W. Ackerman, who patented the filtration device in 1873.

In 1985, Florida inventor Lawrence Wise invented the first portable, disposable water filter that was suited for filtering small quantities of drinking water. In one embodiment, the filter is placed over a drinking glass and unfiltered water is poured into the glass through the filter. In another embodiment, the filter includes a jar which has a lid with a rim that fits tightly around the neck of the jar.

Today, modern advancements in water filtration, such as the whole house water filtration system, continue to take shape. As the need for pure drinking water becomes more important than ever, the need for water filtration increases with it. Be certain that your drinking water is free from contaminants by using a water filter in your home.

National Parks Month: Experience What Nature Has to Offer

Camping, hiking, fishing, grand vistas and horseback riding are just some of the possibilities in our country’s national parks. Every year, millions experience these great activities while taking in the beautiful sights of nature that our parks have to offer. National park sites are chosen and preserved because they are unique natural resources. These parks are home to the most wonderful sights and spectacular land life. The first national park was Yellowstone National Park, which was established in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Today, over 50 national parks are located in the United States, each with their own unique experience.

National Parks are more than just beautiful sights. They provide a safe habitat for native plants and animals. They also play an important role in creating a healthier environment by keeping air and water clean. How? The leaves of plants make fresh air, while their roots hold the soil together. This stops erosion while helping to keep our waterways clean.

They provide a place for you to learn about native plants and animals and the way they rely on each other to survive. National parks help you learn how important protecting nature is while giving you a sense of amazement that will last forever.

While you can visit many parks in one day, planning an overnight trip will give you and your family more time to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds that nature has to offer. With August being National Parks Month, now is a great time to find a local national park near you and go for a visit. The memory will last a lifetime.