Is Being a Night Owl a Myth (And Why Become an Early Riser) 204

5 Nighttime Tips for Becoming a Better Morning Person

There are two kinds of people in the world according to the time they get up: an early riser and a not so early one.

Thоse from the first group have tried hard to make it a habit and a lifestyle. While the second group of people is either struggling with that, or people simply think they are more productive in the evening/night and can’t make themselves wake up at dawn.

This, like most of the things we do, is just a strong habit that we tend to avoid giving up because of many previous failures.

The inability to rise up early is a result of staying up late the night before.

A few reasons we go to bed late and can’t fall asleep easily are:

  • We watch TV/stay in front of the computer right before going to bed.

That makes our mind think we are still in the active part of the day and doesn’t let it rest.

  • We eat/drink before falling asleep.

That is an inexcusable behavior towards our body because it overloads the digestive system. A dinner before bed also wastes a lot of the organism’s energy which it needs for other functions while we sleep.

The body is detoxicating and resting during the night and although our digestion is still working pretty fine, we shouldn’t put so much pressure on it.

A light dinner 1-2 hours before bed and a reasonable amount of water would be perfect.

  • Stress is ruining our sleep.

Engaging the mind at that time is not a good idea as this way we won’t be able to fall asleep and our heads will be full of thoughts (mostly negative), problems, plans and so on.

What you need in the evening is a relaxed mind and body.

Saying that we are most productive in the evening is just an excuse.

How to Find The Right Balance Between Sitting and Standing at Work All Day

Many people stay up late at night, and I mean really late. As a result, on the next day it’s not only great agony for them to get up, but their work is at a low level. They just can’t concentrate on anything.

Then as the day goes by, they become more energetic and active, but at what price?

In the beginning I also thought I was doing everything better in the second part of the day – in the evening and mostly by night.
I’ve been living like that for years, always postponing waking up early (although the desire to develop this habit never got out of my head).

I even had a period of 2-3 months in which I had turned nights into days. Actually, I did my best writing at that time, but I gave up on everything else. It was just me and the night. Every next day I was full of regrets, I soon started getting depressed.

Luckily, it was just a phase, and it went away.
After that I continued the fight with my sleeping routine. It was hard, but I just knew it was the right thing to do.

I was seeing all these energetic people jogging at the park, drinking their coffee on the way to work, starting the day with a smile and gratitude. And all this was happening in the early morning.

After I did some reading and researching, I saw a tendency – successful and positive people tend to get up early and do most of their work then.

Eventually, I achieved that. Soon I found the power of the morning routine and my days became meaningful.

After including breakfast some time after I rise up, I managed to change my whole eating plan and got over the late-night visits to the fridge, which was one of my biggest problems.
I simply moved every meal of mine to an earlier hour. Now I am doing all the work and writing (that I thought I was able to produce only late in the evening) early in the morning. And it is even better.

So as you see there is no such thing as being a night owl.

Don’t waste your precious days and don’t forget that the body needs just around six hours to rest, not more. Develop this habit and you will be a new person in a couple of weeks.

Another plus is what John Steinbeck says:

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it”.

There is no recipe for success here and a lot of persistence, patience and will is needed. But I assure you that if I can do it, you can too!

Change your sleeping routine for good and soon you will be surprised by your own results and accomplishments.

There will be no more disappointments, wasted days and bad mood. This is an important step to success and without it you can go no further.
I believe in you but I think nothing will ever happen unless you believe in yourself! So come out of the dark and embrace the daylight.

What is your sleeping routine? Are you an early riser? And if not, do you want to become one?

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Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women’s Health 12

Facts on Saturated Fat and How it Affects Women's Health

If you’re confused about what food are good for you today, but bad for you tomorrow, you’re not alone.

Take fat, for example. One day, all fats are bad. Then we’re told we need healthy fats. Another day, the perception of what’s considered ‘healthy’ fat is under scrutiny. Here’s the skinny on saturated fat.

The Truth About Saturated Fat

Just a few decades ago, fat was the enemy, especially saturated fat as found in butter and other animal-based food products. They’re the kind of fats that solidify at room temperature, which is due to their atomic makeup; the carbon cells are completely covered, or saturated, by the hydrogen cells.

Foods that contain saturated fats include:

– Red meat
– Eggs
– Cheese and other dairy products
– Poultry
– Pork
– Palm and coconut oil

Saturated fat was thought to cause high cholesterol and ailments like heart disease. However, new research has shown that a diet that includes saturated fat and reduces carbohydrates actually has the opposite effect, especially in women over the age of 50. This has led to the rise of low carb and paleo diets.

The benefits of saturated fat has been studied by researchers, dietitians and journalists like Nina Teicholz, whose book, The Big Fat Surprise, summarizes nine years of research on the subject of saturated fat and women’s health.

The conclusions reached by many who’ve viewed the data are that there is no conclusive evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease or obesity when eaten as part of a balanced diet. In fact, over the period between the first recommendations by the American Heart Association demonizing fat in 1961 and now, heart disease, obesity and related conditions have increased.

How Did Saturated Fat Become the Enemy?

The big turning point came after the release of the so-called “Seven Countries” study conducted by Ancel Keys. This research – and false conclusions – looked at diets around the world. Keys determined that the seven countries with the highest rate of heart disease also consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat.

What the study overlooked, and what turned out to be the real cause of adverse health effects, was that people in these countries also ate the highest amounts of processed carbohydrates and sugar. The problem was that Keys went in with a hypothesis about the correlation between fat consumption and heart disease, and rejected any findings that didn’t support his theories.

What’s it All Mean?

We’re not suggesting that fat doesn’t raise cholesterol, which is a contributing factor in heart disease. However, certain kinds of cholesterol are beneficial, even necessary, to good health.

Adding modest amounts of saturated fat and reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption increases the HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol. The trick is to choose the right kinds of saturated fats, not deprivation.

Food With Beneficial Saturated Fat

The right levels of saturated fat in your diet allows you to enjoy eating again. Food tastes better and is more filling, which means less temptation to binge and less over-eating. Choose saturated fat from healthier foods like coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and grass-fed beef over grain-fed.

If you’ve been depriving yourself and avoiding ‘real’ foods like red meat, cheese and butter, this is good news. The best diet for anyone is one that uses moderation without necessarily excluding entire food groups.