What you should do instead...
How many of us out there are guilty of reaching for our phones just moments after waking up? Checking email, scrolling through social media and seeing what the latest news is can be so tempting. Granted, our phones can help us be more productive and improve the quality of our lives, but they are also a major source of distraction and stress, especially when we check them first thing.
A recent study showed reading on an iPad/Phone before bed, compared to reading a printed book, suppressed melatonin release by over 20% and resulted in a 90 minute lag in evening rising melatonin for several days after.
Evening use of light-emitting eReaders negatively affects sleep, circadian timing, and next-morning alertness.
What is Alpha GPC?
Alpha GPC or Alpha-glycerophosphocholine (aGPC), as the name implies, is a choline-containing phospholipid isolated from soy. A wealth of research on this compound supports a role for enhancing cognitive function, increasing strength and stimulating the release of growth hormone.
Alpha GPC contains a lipid tail that permits the uptake and incorporation into neuronal cell membranes. The membrane-bound choline molecule supplies the necessary and rate limiting compound for acetylcholine neurotransmitter synthesis.
Peri & Menopause lead to significant shifts in a woman's life but one of the most serious issues could be sleep-related (don't be fooled this can start gradually in your 30's without your realising).
Two-thirds of British adults aren't getting enough sleep and, of these, women are much more likely than men to say they don't get enough hours at night. Women during menopause feel this effect most significantly, which 26% "experiencing severe symptoms that impact daytime functioning". That's over a quarter that is living with menopause and insomnia.
Learn why menopause seems to cause insomnia in so many women and why the problem may also be linked to unresolved internal conflict. Finally, find out how natural sleep aids can help you restore a healthy and restful sleep cycle.
If you have ever felt completely absorbed in something, you might have been experiencing a mental state that psychologists refer to as flow. Achieving this state can help people feel greater enjoyment, energy, and involvement.
Imagine for a moment that you are running a race. Your attention is focused on the movements of your body, the power of your muscles, the force of your lungs, and the feel of the street beneath your feet. You are living in the moment, utterly absorbed in the present activity. Time seems to fall away. You are tired, but you barely notice. This is an example of a flow state.
In this article, learn more about how flow states are defined and some of the major benefits of flow. Also, explore some of the characteristics of this state and what you can do to improve your chances of reaching flow.