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Rise And Shine: Becoming a Morning Person

Rise and Shine: Wouldn’t it be great if you could wake up at any time and feel awake? Yes but that’s not what were talking about here. This newsletter is about being a morning person. Kinda close, right?

Info-Graphic: Time usages across the world.

Insomnia Meds for Addiction: Meds used for insomnia may be effective for treating drug and alcohol addictions.

Other News: Are their certain foods that can give you extra brain power throughout the day? Here’s why what’s in your stomach is the topic of discussion. Kids are more apt to pick up new things, but why? Is workplace boredom a cry for help? Social media might change the brains of teens everywhere.

Brain Fog

The morning is not exactly known as the most opportune time slot for “being awake.” But when are we really not craving extra sleep? Regardless, the horror of waking up in the morning scares almost everyone, but maybe with these tips it does not have to be that way.

What is a Morning Person?

  • There are four chronotypes that describe the typical sleep schedules. This criteria describes the chronotype through use of animals. This sleep foundation article highlights each chronotype.
    • The lion chronotype refers to early birds, productive in the morning yet they fall short when it comes to social obligations in the evening.
    • The bear chronotype refers to 55% of the population, people who follow the pattern of the sun. They function well with regular office hours and evening social obligations.
    • The wolf chronotype refers to the proverbial “night owl.” This covers 15% of the population.
    • The dolphin chronotype refers to somewhat functioning insomniacs.

Becoming a Morning Person

  • Set alarm 15 minutes earlier every couple of days
  • Do not press the snooze button
  • Bask in the daylight, early for at least 20 to 30 minutes
  • Wake up around the same time every day
  • Avoid caffeine after 3pm
  • High protein breakfast
  • No naps
  • Avoid lights for an hour or two before sleep

Info-Graphic

OurWorldinData

We all know how important sleep is for our lives. One thing we might not know is how much of our lives is spent sleeping. It’s a lot compared to the other things we spend our life times doing. Interestingly enough, this study fails to address time expenditures in many areas of the globe. Anyways, the graphic does give an interesting look into the time usage among many developed countries. One interesting fact is that the United States marked the greatest duration of TV consumption.

Insomnia and Addiction

So you can’t sleep and suffer from addiction. Perhaps you can kill two birds with one pill. A recent study from Rutgers claims that insomnia drugs defeat cravings for opioids. Such meds also achieved similar results in cocaine addicted rats and alcohol addictions. Although the current studies are still in early stages, the studies show promise an progress. According to the study a neuropeptide named orexin is responsible for cravings in addiction. By targeting orexin, researchers found positive relations between lower orexin levels and less addiction.

Other News

Brain Foods: A Harvard nutritionist offers 10 types of food that contribute to brain health in this article.

Social Gut: This article highlights the connection between gut microbes and social neurons. The study is currently in animal trials at this point.

Little Einsteins: This source identifies the reasons why the children in your life all seem to be smarter, sometimes even smarter than you.

Workplace Boredom : This source highlights how boredom in the workplace could be a red flag for the emotional well being in other outrights of life.

Social Media and Teens: Here’s the effect social media habits have been shown to have on modern adolescents. According to CNN, the usage of social media shows to actually have an effect on issues of sensitivity to social feedback.

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