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7 strange things that happen when you sleep

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The human brain is so complex that we’ve never been 100% sure we understand everything about it.

Even when they think they have the answer to something, researchers are still cautious about their findings. And this fact especially applies to the mystery that is the sleeping brain.

Sure, we have a measured understanding of sleep cycles thanks to fMRI scans, but we still don’t know why certain things happen.

And when it comes to sleep syndromes and phenomena, the mystery deepens precisely because there are no set answers for why the sleeping brain works when it’s healthy.

Here are 6 mysterious sleep-related phenomena (some of which you probably didn’t know about):

1. Hypnagogic jerk

Before you start dreaming, your body is usually paralyzed, so it doesn’t act out a dream. But on some occasions, you might start dreaming before your body is fully “unplugged.”

During a hypnagogic jerk, your body might react to a sudden movement like falling or tripping. Like with anything involving the complexities of the brain, researchers aren’t sure why this happens.

2. Sleep paralysis

For centuries, cultures around the world have tried to explain this phenomenon using supernatural answers. It happens when the mind wakes up during REM sleep (when the body is at its most relaxed, to the point of being paralyzed).

But researchers only know when it happens, not why. Today, it’s believed that one in four people will experience sleep paralysis. Symptoms include breathlessness, inability to move or speak, a sense of dread, and in some cases, hallucinations.

3. Sleepwalking

This disorder involves waking up in the middle of the night and doing all sorts of activities. It’s a terrifying affliction because the person doesn’t remember that they did it, and in some cases, they can hurt themselves.

The causes of sleepwalking are a mystery. You’re more propense to be a sleepwalker if it runs in your family, but researchers still don’t understand how or why it originates in the brain.

4. Sleep talking

Also known as somniloquy, this is a disorder where a sleeping person talks. The things they say can range from mumbling to shouting, to long and complicated rants.

5. Nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder (NSRED)

Also known as sleep eating, this is a type of sleepwalking that’s closely tied to a person’s conscious wants and desires for food.

It’s considered to be both a sleep disorder and an eating disorder because the person is fulfilling a desire they suppress while they’re awake. Like with sleepwalking, the person doesn’t realize they’re eating and they can’t remember any of it the next day.

6. Night terror

The difference between a night terror and a nightmare is that a night terror involves specific actions. Night terrors involve screaming, panic, sleep walking and thrashing around on the bed.

Like most sleep disorders, it’s believed to be congenital. However, no one understands why it happens other than the fact that it gets inherited and it’s mostly children who experience it.

7. Exploding head syndrome

This painless syndrome involves a person hearing an explosive noise before they fall asleep. It can sometimes feel like an explosion is taking place inside the person’s head.

It’s considered a type of sleep disorder and an unusual type of hallucination that happens to people who are in between being asleep and awake. The causes are unknown.

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10 yoga don’ts you shouldn’t ignore

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, yoga has become a part of the daily routine of many.

People who do not like gymming, often turn to yoga for their daily dose of physical activity.

The best thing is you do not need any equipment to perform yoga, just some space and a yoga mat are all you need.

Yoga does not just help improve physical health but is great for your mental health too.

Here are 11 don’ts of yoga that you must keep in mind before practising yoga next time.

1. Do not overexert

Even if you are performing some simple asanas, do not overexert yourself. On the scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the easiest, every asana you perform does not have to be 10. Some can be 8, 7 or even lesser. Also, it depends on your body and daily routine.

2. Weather

Do not perform yoga in extreme weather conditions, like when it is too hot, too cold or too humid.

3. Mind your breath

Breathing plays a vital role in yoga practice. One should not hold their breath unnaturally until instructed by the trained. Breathe normally unless any special instructions are given.

4. Yoga after meals

Do not perform yoga right after having meals. Wait for at least 2-3 hours so that the food can settle down by the time you start your practice.

5. Say no when exhausted

Many people take yoga practice as a light one, which is not true. Yoga sessions can make you sweat like anything. Thus, when you are tired or ill, avoid practising yoga so as not to overexert your body.

6. Take guidance

This is not a rule but a guideline, do not practice yoga alone. It’s best to find a partner and practice under somebody’s guidance. Just reading and practice can lead to muscle pull or discomfort. If you are doing advanced posture for the first time, it’s best to take someone’s assistance.

7. Do not wear tight clothing

Say no to shoes and tight clothing while performing yoga. Tight upper back clothing can restrict the movement of the rib cage and lung that can result in incomplete breathing.

8. Shower

It’s a must to take a shower after a sweaty workout. But do not shower immediately and let the body dry normally before you head to the shower room.

9. Menstruation yoga

Do not do the ‘feet up’ (inverse) poses while menstruating. Perform simple relaxation and breathing poses while you are on your periods.

10. Post yoga workout

It is suggested not to perform any high-intensity workout post-yoga session. Perform it before the yoga session if you are planning to.

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5 steps to creating a successful side hustle

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In a perfect world, we’d all be able to do work that fulfilled our passions and filled our bank accounts simultaneously.

Unfortunately, the world’s not perfect and most of us are regulated to working jobs that don’t exactly tap into our creative spirits.

If this sounds like you, perhaps you should consider a side hustle. It’s a great way for you to pursue your talents and ideas and bring in extra cash.

If you’re ready to take that plunge, consider these five steps to make it a success.

1. Respect the hustle

The side hustle may sound cool and trendy but it’s serious business. For a side hustle to be successful you will have to plan, you will have to work, and you will have to sell. We all know that sometimes even the best-laid plans don’t always work out; nevertheless, you do need a plan.

What are the services or products you are offering? Who needs it? How will you deliver it? What is your unique value proposition? A unique value proposition will set you up for success and apart from the rest.

2. No problems no money

As you start to flush out ideas for starting your side hustle you need to spend time thinking about the things you like to do and the things you’re actually good at. Ideally, you should like what you sell and sell what you like, but here’s something else to keep in mind: some of the most profitable businesses are built on solving problems.

There’s a good chance that others feel the same way and are just waiting for someone to create the solution. Be the solution.

3. Don’t quit your day job (yet)

Side hustles are called side hustles for a reason… It’s that thing you do outside of your steady, dependable, paycheck-producing 9-5. Unlike a part-time job that people often begrudgingly take on to make ends meet, side hustles are often fueled by passion and talent.

We hear stories of overnight viral sensations, but those are few and far between. Hang on to your safety net until you have done your due diligence. Have a proven concept, and most importantly, paying customers.

4. Validate, validate, validate

Conventional wisdom tells us that we don’t need others to validate us. However, when it comes to the side hustle, throw that concept out the window. Validation is everything in business. Do people want or need your product or service? And most importantly: will they pay for it?

In the business world, this is called market research and you can tackle it in several ways. Identify your target audience and talk to them. These may be informal conversations, email surveys or small gatherings that you put together.

5. Smell the coffee

Side hustles are built detail by detail. You will need to plan and prioritize. Plan on spending a good deal of your off time working on your side hustle if you want it to truly be a success. Prioritize your schedule so that it doesn’t interfere with your day job and set aside consistent side hustle time. Maintaining a list of action items you can be accountable for will help keep you focused.

Making money in your sleep is a dream not afforded to many. Wake up, smell the coffee, do the work. That’s how it’s going to happen.

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8 things that can destroy even the strongest relationships

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Have you ever thought to yourself that a couple you met were perfect together and then suddenly heard of their demise?

It can be a cause for concern to think that even when you are in a strong relationship things can shift downhill at any moment.

Every relationship has ups and downs, but it’s best to know how to approach the “downs” to keep your relationship intact.

When couples resolve issues properly, it strengthens the relationship even more. Here are 10 things that destroy the strongest relationships and what you can do:

1. When you start disagreeing on intimacy

Sometimes things start out great and you both are on the same page when it comes to being intimate. It can be straining on any relationship when one person feels less desire to be intimate. It can cause resentment and leave one person feeling undesired. Sometimes there are underlying reasons for a sudden change in one’s sex drive and it’s best to be open and communicate to resolve the issue.

2. You’re bottling up emotions

Sometimes during small arguments, you find it easier to just stay quiet and not make a big deal out of it. The problem with this is all those emotions will build up and you may become filled with resentment toward your partner. It’s always better to discuss issues no matter how big or small in a calm and respectable manner.

3. You take each other for granted

You both are committed so you may feel like you don’t have to put in as much effort. The things you did for each other at the beginning that made you fall in love will also be the things that keep your relationship strong. It is the little gestures, the “thank you’s”, and compliments that are sometimes missed down the line. Keep them going!

4. You’re losing your identity

Sometimes in a couple’s bliss, they want to be with each other all the time. But when this happens some tend to lose themselves or weaken relationships with other friends. It might not be an issue at first, but when some couples emerge from the honeymoon phase this issue can cause even some of the strongest relationships to crumble. It’s best to keep a sense of self in your relationship. Not just for you, but for your partner, and your relationship.

5. You began skipping out on dates

There are always ways to mix it up and keep the romance alive! If you don’t have any more dinner dates or nights out dancing, someone is likely going to get bored. If you are practicing social distancing, come up with some creative at-home dates for each other. Even if you are in different locations try to set aside at least one night a week to do something special together.

6. Someone is being condescending

This used to not be an issue, but all a sudden someone feels superior and makes it known. Rude “teacher-like” comments and belittling a partner is not healthy. It might be something one person puts up with for a while, but eventually, they’re likely to be fed up. If something is bothering you, it’s best to try to understand where that anger is coming from before snapping at the other person.

7. Someone broke the trust

All it can take is one lie, one kiss with a stranger, or one flirty text with a co-worker to turn a relationship upside down. Honesty is always the best policy. If you’re feeling unfulfilled it’s better to be upfront and either work through it or walk away.

8. You hold grudges

It’s perfectly normal to have arguments and disagreements. Once you’ve talked through something that upset you it’s best to let it go. If you begin feeling anger again over something that happened two months ago, try to remember what conclusion you both came to. Was there an apology? Have things improved? Don’t just immediately start giving your partner the cold shoulder over issues you already “resolved”.

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