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The Shocking State Of Humanity: Our World With Just One Hundred People

The Shocking State Of Humanity: Our World With Just One Hundred People

Increasing connectivity, technology, and global awareness have made it easier than ever to observe the state of our globe. As we move forward in our ability to calculate and explore, so does our talent for discovering ourselves. Unsurprisingly, the way society works in some places in the world differs drastically from others. Though this data shows troubling inequalities, the only way to overcome difficulties is by properly understanding them first. By boiling down statistics across the world to percentages out of 100, it’s more simple to internalize the triumphs and struggles across humanity. If the world had just 100 people, the globe would still be an abundantly varied place.

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    One of the most basic needs, food, is an inequality everyone should be concerned with. Though a somewhat large portion of the world has access to food, many still don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

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      Additionally, an alarming number of people across the world live in societies that restrict basic freedoms, such as religion and free speech. When people in the developed world picture humanity, it is easy to forget how much work must still be done. With nearly half the globe living under threat of harassment or imprisonment, it is clear that standing up for others is more important than ever:

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        Not only that, electricity, another basic need, still remains a luxury for nearly a quarter of the world’s citizens. Though some may not think about electricity as a need, imagine what would happen to medical care, education, or the possibility of economic growth if there were no access to power.

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          On the other hand, cultures around the world are one of the most magnificent ways humanity is rich. Viewing the data as percentages out of 100 also allows us to see how racially diverse the world really is. With such variety in the world, it should be obvious why racism and racial profiling can be so detrimental.

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            Health is another area where the world is uneven. Since much of the developed world has some access to modern medicine, it’s easy to forget that most of the world does not. This is an especially troubling fact when trying to contain and defeat serious illness. In the case of HIV/AIDS, many drugs exist that allow sick patients to manage this infection and live a healthy, normal life. In the chart below, 1% may seem low, but it actually amounts to approximately 70 million people. Keeping in mind that much of the world does not have access to these relatively cheap treatments, such a large figure shows just how much we need to step up and aid those without help. Since tens of millions are affected by just this one disease, it puts the importance of disease control, research, and prevention in perspective.

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              Finally, another crucial tool to moving forward in the world is education. By viewing education inequality across the globe, it is clear how fortunate those of us in a position to be educated truly are. Not only that, global education inequality shows how important free education resources are, as well as increased technology to access these resources.

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                Though differences between us seem colossal, our basic needs and desires unite humans around the world. Growing technological and scientific advances make it more clear than ever that in order to move humanity forward, we must first make efforts to bring support and opportunity to those without. By examining new data in creative ways, those of us with the potential to make a difference are more enabled to act. Though some of these problems take place far away from us, there are always ways to assist reputable charities, or help disadvantaged people in our own neighborhoods. What are some everyday ways you can bring assistance to those in need?

                Learn more about these statistics here and here.

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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

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                  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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