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Ever Been Told To Quit Daydreaming?

Ever Been Told To Quit Daydreaming?

In a society that has gadgets galore, turns out the best one is still the human brain, and it even has its own snooze button. Simply put – our brains need a break, and that’s where daydreaming comes in. Daydreaming, though it may seem like a pointless waste of time, actually serves several purposes. However, research studies have been contradicting themselves regarding just what these are. Everyone, everywhere, has been subject to daydreaming. Though it varies for each individual, many of us can spend as much as 30 to 50% of our hours spent awake daydreaming. A normal part of… read more

Why Modern Lighting Is Bad For A Good Night’s Sleep

Why Modern Lighting Is Bad For A Good Night’s Sleep

When people decorate a room, things like furniture, textures and paint color tend to stand out. However another element that is significant, but possibly overlooked, is the lighting. Proper lighting is a necessity for functionality, but it also has another important use. A recent article in Psychology Today gives a great overview of depression, sleep habits, and how an unexpected culprit, contemporary artificial lighting, comes into play. As humans, we are pre-dispositioned to be active during the day and at rest during hours where there is a lack of natural light. Though our internal rhythmic clock has not completely abandoned… read more

Researchers Create Body Atlas Of Human Emotions

Researchers Create Body Atlas Of Human Emotions

Emotions play into our everyday lives and are wide-ranging. Research looking into human emotions is helpful in furthering understanding of how we are all wired. Emotional states can produce various physiological changes, and a new study showed that emotions are connected to certain reactions that can be measured in the body. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 701 participants were involved in the study which included body mapping assessments as related to certain human emotions. The reactions were found to be similarly felt across the participants, who resided in different parts of the globe. Language and… read more

Just A Night Owl Or Could There Be Other Issues?

Just A Night Owl Or Could There Be Other Issues?

Symptoms of depression can include sleeplessness, but insomnia is much more than a few restless nights. It is a serious condition that affects one’s daily activities and can impair functioning. Our systems are naturally attuned and innately responsive to day and night activities, and the brain regulates this internal clock. A study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. shows interesting findings regarding brain activity and our inherent time regulation system. Typically, people operate in sync with daylight hours, functioning on a schedule correlate to the available sunlight. This particular examination showed that the circadian… read more

The Beauty of Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is a simple technique which facilitates the return to a child-like state of presence, inner peace and stability. In the Western world, where walking around stressed and anxious is completely normal and the resulting health problems are rampant, Meditation, the ancient and timeless practice of deep conscious relaxation, is gaining popularity like never before. Meditation v Medication While prescription medicines like anti-depressants can be of enormous relief to sufferers of stress-related disorders in the short term; they do not treat the source of the imbalances and are therefore impermanent. This is why many doctors say clinical depression is incurable,… read more