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9 Awesome Internet Hacks That Will Simplify Your User Experience

9 Awesome Internet Hacks That Will Simplify Your User Experience

There are literally thousands of websites packed with information that offer great advice on easy-to-use tools and shortcuts that we can use on the Internet in order to make our lives easier. However, for every useful tool, there is one that is completely useless. So, how do you find out which ones are real and which ones have been rendered incapable? Being able to track flights, learn a language, or even shop for our favorite items, are but a few luxuries we can enjoy at our fingertips, and most of us know how to utilize those tools. Read on to find out a number of other tried and trusted internet hacks, plus some incredibly useful tips you may not know about to make your whole Internet experience much more enjoyable:

Calculate with your favorite search engine

Google can be used to search for almost any information. If it is on the Internet, it is somewhere on Google. But did you know that Google can also help you with any math equation? Simply type in “Google calculator” and right in front of your eyes you will be presented with a calculator as large as you like – no fiddling with little buttons on a calculator that can lead to big mistakes. Better still, it calculates as quickly as your Internet allows, which is usually much faster than trying to locate your calculator!

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Conversion made easy

Wondering how much butter you should use to bake a cake or what the temperature is in Fahrenheit? The same formula can be used with Google. Just type the value (e.g. 30 meters in feet) and voila! Use Google to find official metric conversion charts like this one.

The magic K button

Pausing a YouTube video can be done with your mouse or by using the space bar, but this method does, on occasion, cause it to skip the page instead. If you use your K button instead, you will be able to pause and restart a video easily on YouTube. Simple and effective!

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Entertainment in one click

Entertainment isn’t just limited to videos anymore, and can actually refer to online gaming. Online gambling entertainment sites like bet365 can be played for endless hours at your leisure. You will be able to enjoy free bonuses for poker, slots, or other table games. You can test the games and find the ones that you like best. This is a great way to indulge in your favorite guilty pleasure with state-of-the-art software.

Research instantly

It takes time to find the right website for research work and sometimes we don’t feel like browsing through endless amounts of information to read about one thing that we need to write a paper on. By pressing Ctrl and F at the same time you can easily search for what you need online and find it right away.

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Definitions galore!

It’s good to learn a new word every day and you can easily get definitions for words that you don’t understand. Just type the word “define” along with the word you wish to look up (e.g. define hospitality) in Google, and you will receive an accurate definition, plus synonyms. If the synonyms the search has to offer aren’t good enough for you, try taking a look at an alternative online thesaurus resource.

Zooming in and out easily

If you don’t have your glasses on hand and you would like to see what you are doing online, you can easily adjust the size of the text simply by pushing Ctrl and using the + or – button.

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Get rid of annoying cookies

Slow performance and endless loading periods are usually a result of cookie clutter in your browser. Simply clear them with your browser settings to get back to browsing more quickly.[1]

Flight tracking

As mentioned at the start of the article, you can track flights with Google. Simply have the flight number ready and type it in the search engine box. You will instantly have all the information you need in order to keep track of your flight.

You can try any or all of the internet hacks provided above. They are all designed to make your life easier and the experience of using the Internet a breeze. Good luck and happy surfing!

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[1]What are Cookies? Computer Cookies Explained

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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!

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