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Why Music Is Better Than A Prescription Drug

Why Music Is Better Than A Prescription Drug

When I was younger, friends and family told me that there is nothing wrong with listening to Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, or Louis Armstrong. I scoffed at this and told them that there was no way I would be caught listening to those artists. Tool, Megadeth, and Metallica were all I knew, and I planned to keep it that way.

As the years passed, I noticed that Mr. Bublé and Ms. Aguilera began trickling into my musical repertoire. This left me perplexed.

Did a once proud rocker suddenly go soft, or was there more in play than I understood? Could music be more than just great rhythms and catchy lyrics?

Music can help you with your memories

Have you ever listened to a song only to have a memory come storming back? Studies have shown that music can:

  1. Store new memories
  2. Help recall old memories

This is because music stimulates the portion of your brain, the hippocampus, that is responsible for long-term storage.

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Music can save lives

Researchers taught CPR students to give a patient chest compressions to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Beegees. Remarkably, months later, those who learned this had an easier time remembering the rhythm of compressions versus those who didn’t learn it.

Sing loud and proud in the shower

Looking to kick start your day?

Turn up the tunes and let loose in the shower. Don’t listen to just anything, though. Make sure your choices include songs like Wonderful World, Beautiful Day, Walking on Sunshine, and Don’t Stop Believing.

These types of songs have the ability to bring up your day through the messages they give and the joyous state that will ensue.

Oh, and don’t be shy about having the neighbors hear you.

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Music can take you over the plateau at the gym

Have you struggled to best yourself at the gym? This is what’s called a plateau.

It turns out that there is a strong correlation between upbeat music and exercise. Listening to music distracts you from everything that is trying to get your attention, thus enabling your heart and muscles to work at a faster pace.

If you don’t believe me, listen to what is being played at the next Spin Class.

It’s ok to listen to ‘angry’ music

Controlling our emotions, specifically, anger can hinder you.

Anger and performance go hand-in-hand. Studies have shown that anger will bring you focus, all-the-while keeping you persistent, and optimistic about achieving your goals.

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So, what does this mean for you? Throw on some Slayer, Motörhead, or Pantera and get your anger out.

Music boosts your immune system

Music has a soothing effect on us. Scientists have shown that listening to upbeat types of music, leads to the secretion of immune-boosting hormones. Not only that, but it can decrease the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

The next time you’ve had a stressful day, go home, turn on some lively music and feel the stress melt off as you dance the night away.

Trouble with love?

Beware.

Use this piece of knowledge cautiously.

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Women are more likely to give you their phone number after hearing a string of slow, romantic songs. If you have been rejected more times than you care to admit, request some slower songs from the DJ, wait for them to play, and then make your move.

Yes, you read that right. Even you can get a date under the right circumstances.

Music does more good for you than just making your ears happy. The next time you hear something that you don’t like on the radio, give it a second before you change the station.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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