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If You Are Sleeping With Wet Hair, You Will Be Sleeping With Bacteria For More Than 1 Million Hours In Your Life

If You Are Sleeping With Wet Hair, You Will Be Sleeping With Bacteria For More Than 1 Million Hours In Your Life

It happens to the best of us. We are hit with that surge of late-night ambition. We decide to delve into the time consuming process that is not only washing and conditioning our hair, but drying and sometimes even styling it thereafter. It seemed like a great idea. But now you’re out of the shower and exhaustion has hit.

You sit on your bed in your towel contemplating your options. You’re just not the ambitious go-getter you were before you stepped into the shower. Now you’re just tired.

It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, just going to bed with a head full of wet hair. You’ll just have to deal with that horrific mop of cow-licked bed head when you awake, still slightly damp from being matted up against your waterlogged pillow.

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That moist pillow is a bacterial breeding ground

I’m sorry to have to shine such a negative light on your temple, your bed. But it’s true. When you sleep with wet hair, all of that moisture seeps into your pillow, cultivating an alarming number of harmful bacteria.

1. Catching a cold

This actually isn’t due to the actual moisture in your hair, unless your room has reached subarctic temperatures. Instead the danger lies in the bacteria infested pillow. Which you now have your nose, mouth and eyes pressed up against. A welcoming party for viral and bacterial infections.

2. Bacterial infection

Exposing your skin to moist bacteria leaves you vulnerable to a number of infections. The most common of which being the development of dandruff and ringworm of the scalp.

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3. Health and appearance

The integrity of your hair and skin could also fall victim to this seemingly harmless mistake. If your hair is not in its best condition, it may appear to look flat and dull. Additionally, your skin could take a beating as well. The exposure of bacteria can lead to an overall decline in skin health. This can lead to dryness, acne, and a number of irritations or infections.

You spend 1/3 of your life sleeping, with bacteria?

Consider that for a moment. The average person spends around 8 hours a night sleeping. That’s 56 hours a week. That’s 2,912 hours a year. Is it getting real yet? Let’s turn it up a notch. If you live to be 75, you’ve racked up 218,400 hours of pillow time.

When you look at it from that perspective, and consider the exposure to bacteria, you are seriously putting yourself at risk. Not only should you avoid creating opportunities for bacterial growth, you need to combat it as well. Make it a common practice to wash your pillow and keep bacteria at bay.

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Why is it so tempting to sleep even your hair is wet?

You may feel like you may not do it that often. But once or twice a week is enough for it to become an issue. There are very common and understandable reasons why you might find yourself sleeping with a wet head of hair.

1. It’s too much effort

After a long day, all you want is to wash it all away in the shower and get yourself to bed. And after that hot, relaxing shower, the last thing you want to do is bother with drying it out before you go to bed. It’s too much effort. So instead you figure you’ll just let it dry overnight.

2. You’re too tired

You decide that you’ll just let it air dry after your shower. But that just takes too long. Perhaps the intention was there, but now it’s slipping away along with your ability to stay awake. So you just fall asleep with semi-wet hair. The intention was pure. The execution, not so much.

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3. You don’t want to dry out your hair

You’d prefer not to damage your hair with the hot heat from the blow-dryer, so sleeping on it seems like the better option. If you are trying to salvage the well being of your hair, then this practice is counterproductive and will ultimately decrease the condition of your hair.

Switch up your game plan

You can only change your circumstance if you change your method! There are a few adjustments that you can make to your schedule so you’ll never sleep on wet hair again. As well as steps that you can take to keep the moisture from absorbing into your pillow. Because let’s face it, you’re going to fall asleep with wet hair every once in a while.

1. 2Wash your hair in the morning

This way it can air dry throughout the day and you never have to muster the motivation to dry it late at night. Also, there are major benefits that come alone with showering in the morning. Primarily, morning showers are just so refreshing and a great way to start your day. Your body will expel itself of some of the toxins it’s been harboring, giving you a cleaner and clearer platform to start from.

2. Change your environment

To inspire yourself to dry your hair, leave yourself incentives and prompts. The most effective would be to leave out your hairdryer so you see it as soon as you step out of the shower. Since it’s in plain sight, you’ll feel more inclined to just dry it and get it over with.

3. Place a dry towel on your pillow

Sometimes it’s just going to happen. You’re human, you’re tired, and your hair is wet. To keep the moisture from soaking into your pillow and breeding millions of nasty bacteria, just lay down a dry towel to absorb most of that. It’s always better to fully dry out your hair, but on the occasion that you just can’t, practice some damage control by sleeping on a dry towel.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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