Those who said, `If you snooze, you lose’ couldn’t have been more wrong. Sure hard work and diligence are important for a successful path but is it worth your health? Sleep is an important parameter for good health and a healthy sleep cycle is necessary to maintain one’s not only physical capability but also mental stability as well as cognitive ability. The mental issues in fact go beyond the scope of insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Sleep deprivation is one of the major causes for mental stress. Americans are highly sleep deprived which leads to the onset of anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Though we still lack the holistic understanding of the connection between sleep and mental disorders, we can say this for sure that a good night’s sleep can alleviate co-occurring mental health problems.
Points To Keep In Mind
- Though sleep is an important part for everyone, sleep problems are more likely to have an impact on those with psychiatric problems than others.
- Lack of sleep can lead to mental disorders.
- In order to help negate the effects of a sleep disorder, it might help to look into the sleep patterns of those affected.
What May Be The Connect Between Sleep And Mental Disorders?
There are 2 types of sleep that a normal sleeper switches between every 90 minutes.
During the relatively “quiet” sleep, the body goes through a series of activities which denote a natural relaxation. The body temperature drops, muscles relax, heart beat slows and the rate of breathing dips. It is during this relaxed phase when the body builds itself and strengthens its immune system.
(Img Courtesy: Nectar Sleep)
The other category is the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. It is the time span when people dream. Since they are “engaged” in an activity in their dream, the pulse levels and rate of breathing increases to the level where people are usually awake. This type of sleep is highly beneficial for improving memory retention, learning power and building of emotional health.
Since, these two categories are highly important for the emotional as well as the physical build up of the person, any sort of disturbance or disruption can impact the sleeper heavily. The disruption affects the level of nuero-transmitters and stress hormones which impairs emotional health and amplify the effects of sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea.
Mental Disorders Due To Sleep Deprivation
When asleep, our brains gets the time to take out the trash, literally. It goes into a cleaning mode where it rids itself of proteins that are built in between the brain cells all throughout the day. In fact, a research conducted on mice claims that this cleaning process requires the brain cells to shrink which can only be done if you are asleep. Imagine the clogged up proteins you are encouraging in between your brain cells by not sleeping. Such an accumulation is linked to reduced decision making skills, lapsed reaction times and impaired reasoning abilities. Let us take a look at the result of sleep deprivation on our minds.
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Bipolar Disorder: Studies suggest that long periods of sleep deprivation can lead to increased attacks of bipolar disorder and can also trigger mania. Lack of sleep might also affect mood elevations, worsening the case of bipolar.
ADHD: ADHD and sleep disorders are intrinsically related and it might be difficult for researchers to study them exclusive of each other. Lack of sleep leads to hyperactivity, breathing issues, emotionally unstable and unattentive. These are the symptoms of ADHD as well.
Anxiety Disorders: Sleep disorders have an adverse impact on more than 50% of adults who are undergoing anxiety disorder and share a close resemblance to those with post traumatic disorder which may lead to phobias and anxiety attacks.These issues affect children as well. Children with an anxiety disorder are more likely to have an interrupted sleep in comparison to those with a healthy mind.
Depression: Sleep deprivation shares a deep connection with depression. Both issues are reliant on each other and can either be the cause of the other or the result. Depression might lead to sleeplessness or sleep deprivation might lead to tired minds and impaired cognitive ability that can lead to depression. Insomnia and sleep apnea also play a huge role in developing depression. Patients suffering from depression and sleep deprivation are less likely to respond to treatments in contrast to those who are plagued by depression but are able to sleep better.
Tweaking Your Lifestyle
In order to reverse the damage caused by sleep deprivation, try incorporating the following in your daily lifestyle for a blissful sleep.
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Comfortable bed accessories: Uncomfortable bed leads to interrupted and intermittent sleep pattern. Invest in good bed accessories that can help you get a good night’s rest. You can choose a natural mattress which will allow a toxin free sleep and if possible, prop it on a twin XL platform bed for increased space. In case your mattress is prone to minor mishaps, protect it with a quality waterproof mattress protector from Nectar
Meditate: Meditation is a proven method that helps improve blood circulation and relaxes the mind. This state of zen helps calm the body down and make it ready for a deep slumber. Secure a corner for yourself in the house and sit on a rug to practice your daily meditation. You can use a purple area rug as purple stands for peace which you are keenly looking for during your meditation.
Eat a Healthy Diet: Stay away from sugar and highly processed foods as they take time to digest and can also lead to upset digestive system, leading to a disturbed sleep.
Cut Down On Caffeine: We know that caffeine are natural steroids. One suffering from insomnia should stay away from it and can reach out to more calming beverages like green tea, chamomile tea and so on.
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Physical Activity: You need to tire your body out in order to get a better and deep sleep. Physical activities can help you fall asleep faster without any interruptions up ahead.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: It is common for those insomnia to pay attention to their lack of sleep. An ironic situation, this act of being preoccupied with not falling asleep eventually leads to adverse impact on the sleep cycle. Cognitive behavioural techniques can be deployed to train the brain into sleeping by switching off the negative thoughts and calming oneself down to a more relaxed state of rest. In a nutshell, it is the mind game deployed to trick the brain into performing its normal function of resting.
Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest threats today which is stringing up a series of lifestyle and mental diseases that can otherwise be alleviated with a restful sleep. By understanding the importance of sleep, people can nip the sleep related mental disorders in the bud and lead the path to a healthier mental state.
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THE Weirdest Present Ever Given – Cow Dung
Yep, you read that right. Cow Dung, the smelliest, shittiest, dirtiest … in all its natural glory. 50 years old he is so ever grateful to his aunt that he has even written a book called “Strange Cures” that describes the event.
For many, when they think about vacation, they envision going to the fair, going to the casino or maybe even relaxing on the beach and going online to Fair Go Casino.
And visiting a cow pasture filled with warm fresh cow dung does not usually make it to the top of the list of “Favorite things to do while on vacation” … actually, I doubt it would even make it to the bottom of the list.
But alas, that was 12-year old Rob Zabrecky’s daily vacation excursion in that memorable summer vacation.
Rob Zabrecky’s Story
The following was Rob’s experience.
When Rob went on vacation to visit his aunt in Scotland, he had 47 warts on his hands. His parents had already spent over $800 visiting various doctors trying to get rid of them.
“You just dip your hands deep into the cow dung and let them soak there for a few moments. Let that dung set for 20 or so minutes and rinse it away. You’ll need to do this each day for a fortnight and those warts will vanish. I promise you, laddie”, Rob recalls his aunt telling him.
Rob did as his aunt instructed, and by the time he went home his warts were already disappearing and by the time school began, they were completely gone.
Warts are frustrating to deal with. You read the stories online and people have had warts for years. If nothing is done, it can take 1 – 2 years for warts to go away naturally. Even with treatment, on average it can take around 2- 3 months for warts to clear up.
About a week ago, we discovered a plantar’s wart on the bottom of my 6 years old’s foot. These are bad, because not only are you dealing with the wart, you also have to deal with the callus that formed on top of the wart to “protect” the wart. In the case of plantar’s warts, instead of the growing outward (as it usually does on the hands), the wart grows inwards. This makes walking painful.
I went to the doctor, who prescribed salicylic acid. It was in what looked like a nail polish bottle, including what looked like a nail polish brush. 3 times a day, we put the salicylic acid on my son’s foot and then put on a regular bandage on the area to prevent the wart from spreading. Warts can be contagious if you touch a wart and then touch another part of your body. So keeping the wart covered is very important.
After three days of using this stuff, I was not noticing any changes.
I was not too fond of the prospect of dealing with this 3 times a day for 12 weeks.
I kept thinking about Rob Zabrecky’s story about his warts and his aunt’s cow dung cure. I live in a city, so finding fresh warm cow dung was not an option. But how did the cow dung work?
Why did the cow dung work to get rid of warts?
Hypothesis 1: Lack of oxygen
Did soaking warts in cow dung for 10 minutes create an environment that lacked oxygen?
Duct tape theory seems to follow this reasoning. Dr. Focht studied 51 pediatric patients. Half had their warts removed with cryotherapy (freezing the wart off), and the other half had duct tape put on their warts. The parents were told to leave the duct tape on for 6 days and to replace it if it falls off. Between duct tape treatments, the area was left uncovered for 12 hours. The parents repeated this method for two to three months. 85% of the duct tape patients were wart free compared to only 60% of the cryotherapy patients.
Dr. Frank Bures claims that you cannot suffocate a wart, because it is gettings its oxygen from the inside of the body.
I am not sure that I would agree with that view. I am not a doctor, but if the virus could survive completely from inside the body (without outside air), why doesn’t the wart just take up residence inside the body? Wouldn’t the wart be more protected inside the body rather than on the surface of the body?
Plus, if the red blood cells were reaching inside the wart, why wouldn’t our white blood cells, which travel in the same path as red blood cells, attack the wart? Why does a “normal” virus (like a cold) take 10 days to “go away”, but a wart takes 1 – 2 years to go away.
Hypothesis 2: Hostile environment
Cow dung is a hostile environment. Just like we don’t have any desire to take up residence next to cow dung, maybe wart viruses feel the same way.
Several companies sell bandages that are specifically designed for wart removal. First, they have extra cushion around the wart medicine (the pad area of the bandage). A circular disk is in the center of the bandage. This disc contains the medicine, salicylic acid.
The advantage of the disc bandage method over the brush method is that the pad is soaked with salicylic acid. The whole time that the bandage is on top of the wart, the wart is being constantly exposed to the salicylic acid. In other words, it is creating a continuous hostile environment for the wart virus.
Hypothesis 3: Warmth
Rob’s aunt specifically said to use warm fresh cow dung. Read any wart removal package and the instructions will tell you to soak the area with warm water for 5 – 10 minutes before applying the bandage.
No matter what treatment you choose, don’t leave out this important step.
Hypothesis 4: Anti-bacterial / anti-viral properties
All poop has some level of white blood cells in it even if you are not displaying “sick symptoms”.
Do you remember the story of how the smallpox vaccine was invented? A doctor noticed that girls who milked cows that had cowpox were naturally immune to the smallpox virus. So the first smallpox vaccines were injecting the patient with cowpox to help the body learn how to fight smallpox.
Did the poop contain white blood cells that could help the body to fight a wart virus? I am just speculating at this point, and I am definitely NOT a doctor. Although in 1969, a physician named Jerome Litt found that meat handlers had a greater incidence of hand warts than the general population. Could there be white blood cells in the cow dung that already knows how to fight off warts?
This got me thinking to when my son was a small child (1 – 2 years old) and he had very bad eczema due to food allergies. His pediatrician recommended, in addition to the medicine she prescribed, I was supposed to take a half a bag of dried honeysuckle flowers and boil them into a pot to create a tea. Then she told me to put this tea water into his bathwater, and place my son into the warm honeysuckle tea filled bathwater.
Honeysuckle flowers have natural anti-bacterial / anti-viral properties in them. For my son’s eczema, the combination of the honeysuckle baths and the medicine worked, as nothing else worked.
So if it worked so well for my son’s treatment of his eczema, I decided to add honeysuckle soaks to my son’s treatment of his plantar’s wart. Since the honeysuckle warm water soaks seem to work best in combination with other treatments, it is hard to say how much the honeysuckle warm water baths themselves are adding to the treatment.
Where we are today
I wish I could write that my son’s wart problems are in the past, but they are not. We already did 8 days of the wart bandages. The callous that was protecting the wart is gone. A good first step, but the actual wart is still there.
We are starting the next round of wart bandage treatments. Now that the callous is gone, I am really hoping that during this round, the actual wart will be taken care of.
I will try to remember to write an update to this article in a week to give another update.
Hoping for a successful week.
Moral of the story
Next time you go on vacation to visit your aunt, don’t discount your aunt’s whacked-out wart cure of sticking your hands into cow dung for 4 nights in a row. She just might know what she is talking about.
VisionDirect Launches Revolutionary Prescription Lens Scanner Mobile Application
Get Glasses Prescription in 10 Minutes with VisionDirect
MELBOURNE, Oct. 21st, 2019 – VisionDirect, one of the world’s leading and fastest growing online eyewear retailer announces the launch of a prescription lens scanner. The free mobile application allows users to get a precise reading of their prescription details using their mobile devices.
The TGA-listed app is powered by groundbreaking patented technology and only requires a smartphone, a computer screen, a magnetic card for measurement (i.e. credit card, subway card), and current prescription glasses.
As the first company in Australia, VisionDirect launches the Lens Scanner in both App Store and Google Play Store, the Lens Scanner is developed to simplify the process of getting an accurate prescription reading thus making it easier to order new glasses online from the comfort of their home.
“We know that today’s consumers are very tech-savvy and driven by convenience and simplicity, so we proudly offer them a solution that will put them in greater control of their eyewear needs. With Lens Scanner, consumers can easily get their optical details through their mobile phones and at their comfort. We’re confident that this new app will envision our future of accessible and affordable eyewear for everyone”. David Menning, CEO of VisionDirect
The Lens Scanner aims to disrupt the traditional model of buying prescription glasses. The app is designed to be free of charge, user-friendly and timesaving. The user requirements are:
1. A smartphone with the Lens Scanner app (Downloaded from the App Store or Google Play store),
2. A laptop or desktop (with a 12” screen or larger)
3. User’s current pair of eyeglasses, and
4. A standard size magnetic card
About VisionDirect Australia
VisionDirect™ is a part of the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group – the world’s leading designer glasses e-commerce company. With operations across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, our portfolios of domain properties are market leaders in over 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses.com in the US and VisionDirect.com.au in Australia.
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