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Warning Signs Your Pillow Is Damaging Your Brain Power And Overall Health

Warning Signs Your Pillow Is Damaging Your Brain Power And Overall Health

From dust mites to dead skin, your pillows really take a beating. A bad pillow can cause serious neck pain and back pain, which can shrink your brain and reduce your brain power.

A lot of health problems are actually associated with neck pain:

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  • severe headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • always feeling tired (even after sleeping all night)

Then, how do you know when it’s time to buy a new pillow? According to this study done by pillow manufacturers in Ergoflex, 82% of people do not know when it’s time for a new pillow. Yikes! Are you wondering if you fall into that 82%?

Warning Sign: Pillow Too High/Low

When your pillow is too high, it causes the muscles in your neck to stretch and takes the spine out of alignment. In the image shown below, the woman’s spine is curved at the top. This will leave your neck feeling very stiff throughout the day, causing it to be uncomfortable while performing daily tasks.

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If you’re a “side sleeper”, the pillow will press down into your shoulder causing upper back and neck pain. To balance this out, many people tend to lift one of their legs forward (almost as if their leg was at a 90-degree angle) leading to lower back pain.

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    If your pillow is too low it will cause your neck muscles to sag into the pillow, leaving your spine curved. As said in the above paragraph, this will cause neck pain and stiffness.

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    One study found that latex pillows are best for sleeping, and feather pillows are more likely to cause neck pain. Feather pillows are great for decorations (such as throw pillows), but they’re not recommended for sleeping!

    Warning Sign: It Doesn’t Spring Back into Shape After Being Pressed

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      Nancy Rothstein (or as she calls herself, the “Sleep Ambassador”) states that your pillow should be able to be folded in half and when released pop right back to its normal state. If your pillow does not do this, it’s time for a change.

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      Michael Breus (a clinical psychologist known as the sleep doctor) says “If you have a plain old, inexpensive polyester pillow, you should be replacing it every six months. But if you have a memory foam pillow or anyone with structural integrity, it’ll last you anywhere from 18 to 36 months.”

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      Last Updated on May 28, 2020

      How to Overcome Boredom

      How to Overcome Boredom

      Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

      I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

      If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

      What is Boredom?

      We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

      You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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      It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

      If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

      When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

      Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

      If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

      Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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      Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

      In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

      It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

      Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

      Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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      In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

      3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

      1. Get Focused

      Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

      You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

      Here are a few ideas:

      • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
      • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
      • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

      2. Kill Procrastination

      Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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      So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

      Here are some ideas:

      • Do some exercise.
      • Read a book.
      • Learn something new.
      • Call a friend.
      • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
      • Do a spring cleaning.
      • Wash the car.
      • Renovate the house.
      • Re-arrange the furniture.
      • Write your shopping list.
      • Water the plants.
      • Walk the dog.
      • Sort out your mail & email.
      • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

      3. Enjoy Boredom

      If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

      Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

      So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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