Some new research says you probably are, if your nose is working well.
The study shows that young and old people do give off distinctive odors. They’re not sure why, but researchers say people can reliably distinguish the body odor of elderly people from a whiff of the young or middle-aged. But they go on to say the odor of the elderly is actually pretty neutral. And it's a lot more pleasant than the body odor coming from younger to middle-aged guys, who tend to smell the worst.
OK. So this means the thing about Grandma's house having an "Old Person Smell" is all in my mind?
You know what's also a freaky statistic? No joke. An older mattress will tend to gain weight over the years. It's because they accumulate things like dirt, skin and hair. Think about that the next time you sleep over at Gradma's house.
Everyone loves a good nap. Good news is that many recent studies have expounded the benefits of naps on creativity, mood, productivity, and overall health. A 60-minute nap can boost alertness for up to 10 hours and a 45-minute nap can improve memory and learning. Naps have also been thought to reduces stress and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke, diabetes, and excessive weight gain. No nap is a bad nap, but knowing when and how long to nap can achieve various results.
Limiting naps to 45-minutes or less will enhance alertness and concentration. This may also get you into REM sleep, which enhances creative thinking and boosts sensory processing. Any longer and you may drift off into slow-wave sleep, will result in grogginess upon waking.
Taking a nap between 90 and 120 minutes will get you all stages of sleep, providing all the previous benefits as well as catching up on sleep. This will also get you a full sleep cycle, which reduces grogginess upon waking.
When you take your naps can also be important. Most mammals, humans included, are physiologically programmed for multiple rounds of sleep per day. One in very early morning, and another in early afternoon. For best results, night owls will want to take a nap around 2:30 or 3pm while early rises will want to shoot for 1 to 1:30pm.
So don't feel bad if you feel a little sleepy mid day, it's only nature! Lay down, curl up, and catch a few z's to have a more creative, productive, and energetic day.
Here in Wisconsin, there are a few things we hold dear. The Packers, cheese, and beer. While none of these need defending, you may be excited to hear at least one of them can offer some great health benefits. Beer! If could be saving your life.
Drinking a moderate amount of beer has been found to lower the risk of disease, much like wine has been found to do. Beer can also reduce the rick of heart attack and cardiovascular disease.
Cholesterol isn't always a bad thing. Beer has been found to increase one's levels of HDL, the good cholesterol that prevent clogged arteries.
Beer can reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots.
Preliminary research found that a compound found in hops, a main ingredient in many beers, many help inhibit enzymes that trigger cancer.
Beer drinkers have 30 percent more vitamin B6 than non-beer drinkers. B6 is essential for brain function, energy, and fighting disease.
Older individuals who regularly drink beer have been found to have higher bone density.
One beer a day can prevent cognitive deterioration in older women by 20 percent.
Beer has plenty of antioxidants that can reverse cell damage.
These findings are based on one serving a day for women, and two for men. Obviously, over consumption has its own problems. But by being responsible, you can enjoy some delicious beer without guilt!
We know that getting a good night's sleep helps with all sorts of health issues. I'm not sure it makes you nimble enough to be able to juggle tables like these two lovely ladies do.
I'm also pretty sure that it won't help you with brain surgery. Some hospital in Houston live Tweeted the removal of a tumor from a woman's brain today. You'd think the doctors involved should be focusing on the surgery?
Getting a good night's sleep also will not prevent a baseball from hitting you in the nards, or protect the same baseball from bouncing off you and hitting your girlfriend in the face.
No, sleep can improve your brain, beauty, health and attitude. i suggest we all get some more.
Summer is almost here and when the rain finally stops, the sun will be out in force. Getting out in the sun is important for staying healthy, but too much sun can be dangerous. UV rays from the sun can not only cause sun burn, but skin cancer as well. Therefore, controlling exposure to these rays is essential in staying healthy and enjoying summer. Here are a few tips to keep the sun from getting you down.
Check skin regularly. Be aware of changes in size or shape of any moles, blemishes, or a sore that doesn't heal. See your doctor immediately if you notice something.
Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths. These lamps emit direct UVA and UVB rays that can cause skin damage and cancer cells.
Use at least 15 SPF sunscreen. This will block out 93% of burning UV rays.
Limit direct exposure at midday. The sun is at its peak intensity from 10am - 4pm. Avoid direct exposure if possible during this time.
Cover up. Wear clothing to protect skin as much as possible. Dark colors and tight woven fabrics are best.
Wear a hat. Hats can protect your face, neck, eyes, ears, and nose from sun damage.
Wear UV blocking sunglasses. Your eyes can be damaged by sun just like your skin. Sunglasses should not only make it easier to see, but block out UV rays as well.
A bad sun burn will keep you inside and hurting for a few days, but can also lead to more major problems down the road. Stay safe and keep enjoying the summer!