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    Posted January 22, 2014 by
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    Lack of sleep might hurt your memory


    Everyone likes to wake up feeling fresh in the morning, however, not everyone is able to accomplish those 8 hours of sleep recommended by doctors. Lack of sleep can lead to chronic health problems, such as: dark circles under your eyes, weight gain, an increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, and, in the long run, loss of your precious memory.


    A 2010 study from Biological Psychiatry found that chronic insomnia may lead to loss of brain volume. Researchers used FMRI scans to examine the brains of 37 human subjects with and without chronic insomnia. Insomniacs had a smaller volumes of gray matter in three brain areas — and the more serious the insomnia, the greater the loss of volume. And in 2012, a preliminary study from the Washington University School of Medicine found that in mice, poor sleep may be related to brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's.


    An application has been developed to monitor your sleep and help track the causes of poor sleeping patterns called Sleep Cycle.


    “This isn’t really something new. These so called bio-alarm clocks have been around for years and work very well, but they usually come with a hefty $200 price tag. I realized that the iPhone has all the components needed, and decided to make an alarm clock that works exactly the same, but sell it for a dollar or two instead." said the programmer and app creator Maciek Drejak.


    Here are some tips to help with a good night of sleep:


    * Have some music playing - it doesn't have to be loud but something that makes you smile and helps you concentrate.
    * Have a warm bath or shower.
    * Establish a good bed time and a good early morning routine.
    * Make sure you drink enough water, then go to the toilet before you get into bed.
    * Try to have nothing on your mind - I know it is hard, but try it.
    * Dress comfortably.
    * Sometimes you can't sleep because you have extra energy at the end of the day. In those cases, before taking a bath and having your warm drink, dance or go crazy to release energy and feel good hormones.
    * Try giving yourself a face massage, by stroking gently up and down your neck and around your eyes.
    * Dim the lights an hour before going to bed, your body knows it's time to release melatonin.

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