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This Movie Will Show You That Miracles Do Happen, With The Help Of Social Media

This Movie Will Show You That Miracles Do Happen, With The Help Of Social Media

How would you feel if, one random day, out there browsing the web, you come across someone who looks a lot like you, is of your age and resides in a faraway continent? And upon researching deeper, you finally discover the doppelgänger is actually your blood sibling?

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    The power of social media 

    Well, crazy as it may appear, that’s precisely what happened to Samantha Futerman, a talented actress and Hollywood hopeful from New Jersey. Samantha had stints in TV and feature films that include Memoirs of a Geisha, 21 & Over, Man Up and more recently, the Kroll Show. “Twinsters” is a real-life movie done by her and co-directed by her friend Ryan Miyamoto and tells a heartwarming tale of how social media truly connects!

    One day while ‘Facebooking,’ Samantha got a friend request from Anais Bordier. What follows would adeptly shape into a moving tale of two twins separated 25 years earlier, but in a brink of reunion. “Twinsters” was so charming that it won the 2015 SXSW special jury award.

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    Separated at birth

    Futerman’s story starts when she’s born in Busan, South Korea before getting adopted by a Caucasian couple who hailed from New Jersey. After relocating to Los Angeles to advance her acting career, she meets a rising YouTuber called Kevin Wu – KevJumba.

    Half a world away in Europe in 2013, a French university student called Anais Bordier who is an ardent follower of KevJumba was catching up with the latest of “High School Virgin” episodes. She noted a particular girl who looked a lot like her. With zeal and the hunger to know more about the little beauty, Anais decided to research more and what she discovered was moving.

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    Like herself, her newly found doppelganger was born in Busan, South Korea – interestingly on the same day. She decided to friend request her on Facebook. Sooner, endless messaging, Skyping, and exchange of life histories followed. DNA was the last test to certify that indeed they were separated by adoption.

    A twist to the twins?

    Twinsters” makes the whole story very emotional, especially during their first meeting. After Futerman’s maiden visit in London and the celebratory reunion parties, what follows threatens to kill off the charm and bliss built earlier. The adoption agency’s response saying their mom denies having given birth to twins elicits killer suspense.

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    The best part of the movie though is when their Kickstarter campaign garners immense contributions, elicits earth-shaking discussions and unites over 200,000 South Korean children. “Twinsters” is shot by Futerman along with Ryan Miyamoto and there’s nothing more compelling about it than the women’s ecstatic reunion back in South Korea. The priceless familial moments when Anaïs is the link between her mom and Sam is heart-warming!

    Naturally unaltered content

    Technically, it is a modest piece owing to Futerman and Miyamoto’s skill level. But the storyline is natural and unaltered, with the use of social media and emoji-filled texts heightening the adventure even more. But in any case, “Twinsters” is a 1 hour, 29 minutes fun-filled ride and you’ll watch it again, again and again!

    To watch Twinsters on iTunes, click here.

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    Last Updated on March 30, 2020

    Reasons of Insomnia and How to Combat It (The Complete Guide)

    Reasons of Insomnia and How to Combat It (The Complete Guide)

    Having issues sleeping is a sure fire way to live a less fulfilled life. Personally, I’m a believer that getting enough sleep consistently is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Feeling out of control and powerless over your ability to get a good nights rest can make you nuts.

    If you’re struggling with insomnia, this article will help shed some light on the causes and provide resolutions to your sleep issues.

    What Is Insomnia?

    In a nutshell, insomnia is the inability to sleep. What’s so brutally torturous about insomnia is that you can be completely exhausted, yet unable to fall asleep.

    Insomnia can be an acute issue (short term), meaning that it can creep into your life for a night or a few weeks.

    It can also present as a chronic issue, meaning it ebbs and flows and comes and visits you every know and then, although uninvited. Chronic insomnia is diagnosed when the individual suffers at least three nights a week for three months or longer.

    Symptoms of Insomnia

    There are a spider web of symptoms that can root from insomnia, especially when it shows up chronically in your life. According to WebMD, general symptoms of insomnia can include:[1]

    • Sleepiness during the day
    • General tiredness
    • Irritability
    • Problems with concentration or memory

    In addition to these general symptoms, insomnia can effect your relationships, career life and limit activities that give you joy, strictly because you don’t have the energy or motivation to do them.

    Feeling exhausted really takes a huge toll on your mood, energy level and overall zest for life. Just like any issue, overtime a lot of other consequences can, and most likely will, result. This is so with lack of sleep.

    Reasons of Insomnia

    Insomnia can strike any of us at any point of our lives. A major cause of sleeplessness is stress and worry.

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    I know that when I’ve had periods of time where there has been a ton on my mind, it’s resulted in sleep disturbance. I can recall nights just laying there as hours past by.

    Below are more detailed reasons why insomnia would come knocking at your door:

    According to WebMD, the causes of acute insomnia can include:

    • Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, moving)
    • Illness
    • Emotional or physical discomfort
    • Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep
    • Some medications (for example those used to treat colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma) may interfere with sleep
    • Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag or switching from a day to night shift, for example)

    According to WebMD causes of chronic insomnia include:

    How to Overcome Insomnia

    There are, without a doubt, many things you can attempt to do differently in order to get your sleep habits back to a healthy state. Even if you’ve struggled with sleep for years, please know that you can find relief.

    Here are 10 tips on how to combat insomnia:

    1. Believe That You Can Develop a Healthy Sleep Life

    Believing that you can is a huge part in getting beyond any difficulty. If that’s where you need to start, it’s worth really looking at your belief system surrounding what’s possible for your sleep patterns.

    Just as if you didn’t believe that you can find love, if you don’t believe that you can find a good groove with your sleep, it will be very difficult to do so.

    2. Stay Away from Any Screen Time Before Bed

    Everything that you come across is being ingested, including what you watch and listen too.

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    Be mindful to make time to wind down before bed by disconnecting from anything that’s coming at you. This can be a violent flick or a charged up sports game.

    To go further, even if you’re watching something mellow, the blue light from screens can affect circadian rhythms, which can mess up your sleep cycle.

    Just as you can feel super loopy after traveling that entails changing time zones, your devices can have a similar effect.

    3. Have a Consistent Bed Time

    I get it, routines can take the fun away from life, although some routines can guarantee that the fun will keep going around.

    Just like little kids need consistency via their routines to avoid melt downs, we, as adults, need to do consistent things for our health to stay grounded.

    Having a consistent bedtime routine allows your body to have a flow, which will help it, overall, function at its best.

    4. Avoid Caffeine Intake After Noon

    I know that asking some of you to avoid caffeine all together is just a hard “No.” Therefore, I’ll ask you to avoid any intake of caffeine after 12pm.

    Why, you ask?

    This gives your body time to process the stimulant effects that caffeine has and can potentially really help your sleep cycle.

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    5. Keep an Eye on Your Alcohol Intake

    If you’re struggling with sleep, drinking is one habit that can truly be interfering with your sleep.

    Alcohol can cause waking in the night and interferes with sleep quality. It’s deceiving because initially alcohol can make you “pass out” and fall asleep quickly, although the deepest and most restful part of sleep, (REM), rapid eye movement sleep, is compromised when we drink alcohol.

    This is why, even if we do sleep sound after a couple drinks, the quality of our sleep was not a pure that it would be without alcohol processing in our bodies.

    6. Move Your Body Consistently

    I feel like this suggestion is always on one of my tip lists! Getting regular exercise has so many benefits including what it can do for your sleep pattern.

    Utilizing up some of your daily energy by moving your body is a win/win on so many levels. It keeps you fit, it keeps you feeling emotionally better, it helps release endorphins and it can improve the quality of your sleep.

    If you’re having issues sleeping; try regular exercise. It could be a game changer for you.

    7. Don’t Go to Bed Full

    When we go to bed full, we are already at a disadvantage because being full is uncomfortable.

    Eliminating any states of discomfort is a key step to ensuring that our sleep is going to be higher quality. Be mindful of eating a big meal right before you go to sleep. Your digestive track will be happy not to have to go into busy mode when your system is trying to shut down.

    8. Create a Zen Vibe in Your Bedroom

    One of the key ways to create an ideal sleep environment is to bring a sense of calm and comfort to your sleep space. If you have the means, invest in nice bedding, buy an essential oil diffuser (lavender oil is great for calming), get some amethyst stones to promote calming and healing energy.

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    Do your best to make sure your sleep environment is dark, quiet, and not too warm or cold. Do whatever you are called to do to make your bedroom a place of peace and rest. Need I say to avoid using your bed for anything other than sleep (or sex.)

    9. Make a List

    What do you mean make a list? I mean, that if you find yourself with a racing mind right before bedtime, write your thoughts down.

    Take all the mental noise and write it down in a list type format to put it somewhere other than floating around in your head. This action has been so helpful for some of my clients that have struggled with sleep disturbance.

    10. Find Flow through Rhythm

    There have been times where I have literally self soothed my way back to sleep by finding rhythm. I’ve found rhythm with counting numbers; both backward and forward. Although, I don’t care what you count; just count.

    Counting creates rhythm and it also creates a space to focus our thoughts. This is especially true for those of us who have a worried and racing mind.

    The Bottom Line

    As I mentioned a bit earlier, there is hope for anyone struggling with sleep disturbance. A significant first step toward addressing any issue is becoming more familiar with it.

    We can combat this issue with understanding symptoms and causes. Often times, we’ve never been taught that simple, small habits that we’ve been doing can be the gateway to our disturbed sleep patterns. That one shot of expresso after dinner can be a killer for those of us struggling with sleep.

    Do your pat to clear up all that you can on your end, but tidying up what’s within your control.

    As always, if your symptoms continue there are specialist and other avenues to take. Talk with your medical doctor to get more details of higher levels of assistance toward your sleep.

    Be well.

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