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Aug 15

5 Things You Should Never Do Right Before Bed

By Kelly Wilson

You might have heard people say that you should only use your bed for sleeping, and in this blog I want to explain why that is SO true. I’m sure many of us have had a night where we felt we only tossed and turned and got pretty much no sleep at all. I know between busy lives and distractions finding their way into our bedrooms, plenty of you are having a lousy nights sleep.Your routine and behaviours during the day can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep that night. Healthy sleep habits, known as good sleep hygiene are really important to ease you into the land of slumber. Bad habits, on the other hand, can really ruin a good nights sleep.For a better chance of nabbing a restful night of sleep and waking up ready to take on the world, here are a few things you should never do in bed.

1. Be tempted by late night snacking

While its a bad idea to go to bed hungry, eating a big meal right before you sleep can also lead to a restless night. Often snacking before bed isn’t necessarily the problem, what you choose to snack on has more of an impact. As you may have guessed, late night burgers aren’t topping the list for foods that make it easier to sleep. Foods with high fat content can cause heartburn, which may keep you awake long after you’ve finished snacking.

If you’re feeling peckish, I recommend opting for lighter options or foods with naturally occurring tryptophan If you were wondering, tryptophan is an amino acid that assists serotonin production, which can help you drift off to sleep. You can read about some of my favorite late night snacks here. Stay away from sugary cookies or biscuits, as well as caffeinated drinks, as the sugar hit can help keep you awake. When your tummy rumbles at night, avoid snacking in bed too. Your bed should be a place of relaxation and used only for sleep.

2. Finish off that presentation

I am sure the idea of working from the comfort of your bed is VERY appealing to many people. In saying that, being in work mode when you should be in sleep mode (or at least pre-sleep mode) means your brain is still very active. When you are on a deadline or replying to emails, you’re still thinking and planning. Your brain, being the clever little thing it is, may then begin to associate your bedroom with this kind of activity.

Following a nightly pre-sleep routine can help your brain to associate your bedroom with sleeping (which is why I recommend not to eat or work in it). Once you’ve trained your mind to recognize its time to slow down, you may find falling asleep much easier.

3. Have an Argument

Being angry or having a heated argument with your significant other (or anyone else) can severely affect your ability to nod off. Your bed should be a sanctuary where you feel calm and relaxed. Arguing leaves you feeling tense and flustered, so it will probably take you longer to fall asleep. Even worse, not getting enough sleep can make it hard to get through the next day – hello crankiness!

There is also a chance you will replay the argument over and over, which can reinforce the negative mood and keep you awake longer. If you feel yourself getting agitated at a situation or a person remind yourself now is not the best time to act on it. Sleep it off and then pick-up the conversation again in the morning.

4. Sleep with your pets

I love a cuddle with my dogs as much as the next person (or even more!), but they don’t always understand the idea of quiet time. Sharing your bed with a pet may be comforting, but its not always good for a peaceful nights sleep. Particularly if your pet is a large breed, their movements can disrupt you during the night. There is a good chance you’ll notice every time they scratch, roll or make noise. Not to mention they can hog the covers, leaving you in an intense game of tug o war when you want to roll over!

5. Watch TV

If you are one of those lucky people who can fall asleep anywhere, watching a little TV before bed might not bother you. For many of us though, the light from your screen can affect our brains ability to wind down. While you might think the noise and the lower lighting makes it easier to drift off, the light can actually affect your circadian rhythms. Without going into too much detail, the light can actually trick your brain and body thats it is time to be awake when you should be winding down.

The same goes for tablets and phones even with the new night modes many of them have, its best to keep them away from the bed. In general, try to keep your bedroom as dark as possible.

Poor sleep can have such a big influence on your productivity for the day, and it really is essential for a healthy lifestyle. I recommend being consistent with your sleep schedule and practicing good sleep hygiene as much as possible.

Try to stop worrying so much if you cant fall asleep straight away, as this can often keep you awake as well. As with many concerns, a positive mindset can help to encourage a better quality of sleep. I hope these suggestions make it easier for you to get plenty of restful slumber!

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May 30

A List of Things I wish Women’s Magazines Would Publish

By Kelly Wilson

No one cares what guys think of rompers. And enough already with the elusive tangled fishtail braid

You dont need to get your clothes tailored. No there is a requirement to get their clothes tailored.

No one really gives a damn if you have a signature cocktail at your party. Literally no one. Buy seven more bottles of wine-colored and don't are concerned about it.

Its absolutely fine to buy most of your wardrobe from Perpetually 21 and when people ask about it, just say you bought it at Zara.

An article about elastic waists. My form doesn't want to wear denim. I know boot cut jeans are in this autumn, but I want to be swaddled like a bit burrito into some leggings.

Forget about burpies. I know, I know, we need more undertaking not little. Get out on the dance floor.Move backward and forward in front of your exs room. Squat over public toilet. Those all count..

A story about a celebrity that doesn't have a dazing millionaire maid telling us how to cherish ourselves.I know Cameron Diaz wants me to embrace my organization she wrote a record about that for heavens sake!but she also married a subject from Good Charlotte who now has a skull tattoo. I don't certainly feel like shes the authorities concerned on self-love.

Everyone has to shave their toe hairs. You are lying if you do not have to.

Speaking of, I please women's publications would do a neat tutorial of how to shave. I feel like I never really got the hang of it.

Everyone has to shave their toe hairs. You are lying if you do not have to.

Movies to watch without your boyfriend

No more simple hairstyle notions. Look, "were all" trying to figure out how to not look like our mane is just a stack of garbage that got caught in a salad spinner. But vague four-step tendencies that apparently lead to a messy fishtail braiding are not the answer. Everyone's hair is just too different anyway.

No more simple hairstyle notions. Look, "were all" trying to figure out how to not look like our mane is just a stack of garbage that got caught in a salad spinner. But vague four-step tendencies that apparently lead to a messy fishtail braiding are not the answer. Everyone's hair is just too different anyway.

No more simple hairstyle notions. Look, "were all" trying to figure out how to not look like our mane is just a stack of garbage that got caught in a salad spinner. But vague four-step tendencies that apparently lead to a messy fishtail braiding are not the answer. Everyone's hair is just too different anyway.

I wish women's magazines would get a new set of body types. Its usually boyish, apple, pear or curvy none of which fit me. And why fruit? Lets get some real body types out there, like I Want to Hide My Arms or Help Me Disguise My Flat Ass or I do ntt Want to Suck In All Day, What Should I Wear?

I wish women's magazines would get a new set of body types. Its usually boyish, apple, pear or curvy none of which fit me. And why fruit? Lets get some real body types out there, like I Want to Hide My Arms or Help Me Disguise My Flat Ass or I do ntt Want to Suck In All Day, What Should I Wear?

Ways to blow your own mind in bed.

Speaking of bodies, I am frankly tired of women's magazines asking super hot people about their favorite feature. If you are not going to answer my brain you at least ought to subvert things a little with my cellulite or my stretch marks. Come on! Men's magazines are not asking men about their favorite body part (though to be fair, it would always be his dick).

Recently, Oprah's magazine suggested that crop tops are only for those people with a flat stomach. Which is complete bullshit on a lot of levels, but I would just love to see a magazine go balls-out and publish photos of women wearing whatever the hell they want.

Articles that do not consult men on what is sexy. At all

One issue one single issue of a magazine that doesn't include the advice that indulging in a little dark chocolate is OK. Id adore an article that just said: Go for it girl, eat the whole pan of lasagna. We aren't even concerned if you earned it or not! You do not earn calories. Your are a grown adult! Live your truth and buy two pretzels from the mall.

Don't text him. Just that. Just that line. We all need it sometimes.

Who seriously cares what boys think about rompers? Wear one on your first date. Wear one on every date until you die. Make your wedding dress a romper. Get him to wear rompers! Who cares what boys think about clothes!

An article about how to let boys down. It seems like this doesn't come up in magazines, as if no woman would ever want to let go of a potential dating partner. But, um, we do sometimes.

Just some good, well-written stories about womanhood. Not excerpts from romance novels, but the real stuff the hard, real life, miscarriage while my best friend is having twins kind of stuff. The I was a cleaning lady for 12 years stories.

For that matter, book suggestions that aren't beach reads. Also, stop calling everything that has to do with women a beach read. A recipe where I have actually heard of every ingredient.

A whole article telling us us what women find sexy. Not how to attract anyone, just how to divine pleasure from sex that isn't just put a pillow under your butt while he has sex with you in missionary for the fourth time this week. By the way no more sex moves articles. Seriously, there's just four of them anyway. There is missionary when you are boring. Girl on top when you are trying to enjoy sex. Doggy-style when you dont want toface your mistakes. And variations of the above for when youre trying to be A Fun Person.

A day of meal plans, but its just popcorn the whole day. With different flavors. A letter from the editor that includes nothing about meeting a celebrity and a busy schedule that is mostly just going to functions and getting hair and makeup done while emailing.

A letter from the editor that seems heartfelt or necessary. Even a funny letter from the editor would work.Also, we don't care about your signature. We know you did  not sign every single magazine.

Read more: www.theguardian.com



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