Understanding How #Consciousness Works

Have you ever meet somebody and wonder what makes them tick? The vast study of consciousness has stymied researchers until now. Researchers have discovered a new type of neuron in the brain called the rosehip cell. She’s a bute with all her might and magic.

The study finds that the rosehip cell is a star player in the stream of consciousness. The exciting thing about this study is that it did not translate to rats. In other words these cells for our conscience are unique to humans.

Researchers think the rosehip cells have something to do with “wrangling reality” into the mind. If that’s the case, I wonder how active they are at night, when we hit REM sleep. That’s when our brain takes inventory of the days activities, discards to useless ones, stores the others in our consciousness.

Another fun fact: researchers are looking closely at newly discovered tunnels in the skull. These tunnels connect the brain to the rest of the body. Isn’t that an abstract way of explaining consciousness? They should name these special tunnels rosehip channels.

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#Sleep Your Way to a Healthier #Heart

A survey says 6 to 8 hours of sleep is the optimal amount for heart health. What happens if we get any more or any less?  According to this study, without hitting the sweet spot of sleep, you could be putting your heart at higher risk for heart disease.

When you get an imbalanced amount of sleep, you put yourself at higher risk for coronary artery disease or stroke. The lack of sleep gives rise to blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation. All three of the aforementioned are bad news for heart health.

What happens if you get less than the 6-8 hours? Researchers found these people at an 11% increased rate of problems over the next 9-years whereas the people who got more had a 33% increase.

The trick used to be getting to sleep. Now it seems it’s about the exact amount of sleep you get. Yes, diet and exercise are huge factors for heart health but now you need to get yourself a My Pillow to win the gold medal.

Here’s another fun fact: if you satisfy your time card for sleep every night, do a mirror check. Another study says if you have deep forehead wrinkles, it may be a subtle clue you’re at higher risk for cardiovascular risk.

Too bad, so sad. These aren’t the kind of deep wrinkles that can be erased with a wrinkle cream. The researchers said that if you can visibly see the deep wrinkles in someone forehead, you can tactfully advise them something needs to change. Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep, perhaps?

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#NerveStimulation to Treat #Depression

A new approach for treating depression may prove to be beneficial where as many as 4-drugs have failed. Vagus nerve stimulation was approved by the FDA in 2005 and it’s really earning its stripes today, says a new study.

The vagus nerve starts in the brain and runs-down the spinal cord to the chest and abdomen.  It’s primary function is to relay messages to the body and back again. It runs in both directions. When a person is stressed. anxious, or living an unhealthy lifestyle, the efficiency of the vagus nerve is impaired.

Stimulation of the vagus nerve was shown to mitigate depression that was untreated with a cocktail  of prescription anti-depressants. If you’re not ready to stop-in to your local mental health professional implant, try this simple exercise to stimulate your vagus nerve.

Truth be told, most people are living with severe depression. People who underwent this vagus nerve stimulation in combination with their prescribed anti-depressant medication were shown to improve. However, a few intentional breaths and an eye lifting smile never hurt anybody. What have you got to lose?

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Don’t Let #Sleep Deprivation Ruin Your Social Life

Sleep is vital to survival. A new study has found that being sleep-deprived can infect a person with contagious loneliness. With all the health benefits of sleep, it makes sense.

The study evaluated participants after undergoing sleep-deprivation. The people who were intentionally kept awake throughout the night appeared to be anti-social, even if they were typically known to be a happy-go-lucky character. Is the person just lonely to begin with or is it truly the sleep-deprivation to blame?

According to the surveys filled-out by volunteers after a sleepless night showed the outlook of participants was glib, exacerbated by the lack of sleep. The volunteers were especially feeling lonely without sleep. Cortisol levels were off and morale was low.

Based on the reactions of people who viewed interviews with the sleep-deprived volunteers, researchers determined that loneliness is contagious. Unknowing onlookers felt  lonely after watching the interviews. The volunteers themselves felt lonelier after watching their interviews.

The moral of the story? Maybe intimacy isn’t about the activity that goes on while in bed, but the quality of sleep you achieve when laying next to one another. Do your copilot a favor and decorate the room with a Red Light Night Light. Maybe she or he will thank you with hugs and kisses.

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Try Your Brain at #LucidDreaming

Lucid dreaming is one of those things few of us have experienced but those of us who hear about it are amazed. Lucid dreaming is when someone is able to control their dreams.

A new study shows that a type of drug me actually significantly increase the number of people who can experience this phenomenon. This medicatione is shown to increase the likelihood of lucid dreaming up to 42%.

This medication is shown to increase a persons ability to recall certain events. Although the operative skill in lucid dreaming is having control over your mind in a subconscious state, this drug is also shown to increase one’s cognition well fully awake.

Researchers say that  20 to 30% of the population  are able to  lucid dream. It is debatable as to whether lucid dreaming is an advanced form of survival or an indicator of mental illness. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Honestly, if you covet the ability to dream anything you want and cherry pick the characters and how the events played out – why wouldn’t you? The way I see it, that’s a huge advancement in subconscious control. If they had a drug to enable this type of mind control, where can I get a prescription?

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Is #EyeCream Worth It?

Say it ain’t so. Doctors and cosmeticians alike are saying that eye creams are a bunch of hooey. Can somebody please explain to me how I’ve fallen for it?

The INSIDER spoke to a handful of people, professional and casual folk, and got down to the nitty-gritty. They said that even though eye cream is sold and substantially smaller sizes with a slightly steeper price than your traditional facial moisturizers – survey says  eye creams are a scam.

The ingredients in the smaller packages of these creams are the same as the larger ones. So why are we paying extra?  Maybe it’s the cautionary tale whereby we apply softer with our ring finger?  Maybe it’s knowing that we most certainly need to apply copious amounts to the overworked, over-tired area of our face?

So what do the experts suggest? The answer is pretty simple wash, rinse, moisturize, and repeat. When it comes to fancy eye creams – don’t believe the hype. The money is better spent on a great face cream. I halfway believe the hype.

It’s easier said than done. I must be addicted to my eye cream. As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m head over heels in love with my Vichy  Mineral 89 and the Vichy Idealia Eye Cream. The INSIDER may shake their finger at me but my face loves it!

Not into Vichy? Not a problem. Consider the natural alternative with maple leaf extract to make those unsightly wrinkles disappear.

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#Milk Does What to #BloodSugar?

Listen-up, folks with diabetes. A study says consuming milk with cereal at breakfast helps to lower blood glucose throughout the day. Something stinks in suburbia. Oh wait! This is all about T2D.

As clear as day, this study says people with Type 2 diabetes who consume breakfast cereal with milk (not water) are able to reduce after meal blood glucose and suppress appetite.

For a person with Type 1 diabetes this might be folklore but for T2D, it seems the milk protein can work magic. Do people really eat their cereal with water?

Could this study have been funded by General Mills or Kellogg’s? Not evidently but the study was published in the Journal of Dairy Science. Could that be owned by the dairy industry? Unlike independent reviewed (shady science) this one is peer-reviewed.

So if you live your life with Type 2 diabetes and missing the morning bowl of Corn Flakes (serving size bowl) of what have you, try this on for size. Maybe it’ll work for you. Otherwise, embrace the sweet treat of plump raisins in Raisin Bran with your casin cause.

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#Sex Lifts Your #Mood

Even if your end-goal for sex isn’t to add meaning to your life, the bond you forage while engaging in coitus is good for your mood, says a new study. It’s more than good for your heart and extending your life. Sex, in the right context, is good for your health.

If you are someone in a sexual relationship, keep a diary over 3-weeks. Document your sexual behavior, emotions, and feelings every day. This was how the researchers came to their conclusion, after asking 152 college students to complete the aforementioned task.

People were happier and found more meaning to their lives the day after sexual activity. The sexual activity didn’t have to be sex but even the connection of kissing. Good, bad, or ugly, any type of connection offered a time-released wellness boost. Go figure.

Fun fact about the study: researchers did not see the opposite link. In other words, the happier a person was didn’t predict an increase in the amount of sexual activity. Happy people will be happy with or without sex. Unhappy people will be less unhappy with sex and connection in their lives.

And for those of you with a science-driven mind like mine – this study explains how our sexual behavior is designated by immune cells in her brain. So our sense of well-being is indirectly regulated by our brain, after all. Hmm.

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The Truth About #Aging

A new study tells us that we may have been sold a bill of goods on aging that’s not entirely true. Scientists have discovered that a certain ‘sick’ type of cell may be the cause of aging and it’s actually not that natural.

For eons, all of us believe that aging is a natural process. When scientists took a closer look at the aging cells, it turns-out aging is more of a disease than a natural process. The type of cells, called senescent cells, as the bad guys in the aging game.

Senescent cells are like rotten apples. When they were transplanted to other healthy cells, they were shown to impose aging and decay to the healthy cells. This is why researchers are reclassifying aging to a disease, not a natural process.

That’s the bad news. Now for the good news. In this study, researchers saw that the introduction of senolytic cells can reverse this aging. However, it was also noted that a diet low in fat can also do the trick. I’m doomed.

There may not be a senolytic moisturizer on Amazon just yet but you certainly can buy some of the top-rated anti-aging serums, according to the customers themselves. Personally I like Vichy  Mineral 89 and the Vichy Idealia Eye Cream.  They didn’t make the list but they’re hard to find in most stores. Little known secret. You’re welcome.

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What’s His Problem? #SociallyAwkward

Nowadays people are waiting longer to get married. The delayed response to getting married is due to a desire for financial stability before tying the knot. But thanks to a Reddit survey, the online statistics show that many of these men are just socially awkward.

To clarify the findings, these were self-professed socially awkward bucks. Their reasons for why they are single included being ugly, being too narcissistic, and lack of confidence. Oh yeah, health issues were mentioned somewhere in there, too.

Survey auditors wanted to be clear that people who have an inclination toward IT and computer jobs are more likely to be socially awkward. So it’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel that many of these survey takers were so critical of their not-so-suave tendencies.

Back in the day, ladies mated-up for the sake of kids. No romance. No love. Just the seed. Nowadays, the game requires a little more skill. Plenty of people live coupled-up but many of those opt to not do it for the papers. Isn’t that more romantic? In each other we trust.

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