Even the Best Make-up wont Hide Poor Sleep Patterns

sleepSleep is an important part of daily activity. At the end of a long day the mind and body go to rest and the body recharges the batteries in preparation for a new day. However, stressful living which is very common today owing to tight schedules and serious financial constraints more often than not contributes to poor quality sleep with the result that you cannot quite perform to capacity.

Why poor sleep is considered unhealthy?

For many people this problem has been on going and they shrug it off as something normal. Well it is not normal and is a major factor in many accidents around the world today. While this too may seem a distant fact, you might be surprised to find that sleep deprivation is the leading cause of accidents worldwide. Many times the accident does not happen because you nodded off but rather because you were inattentive owing to sleep deprivation, your mind wandered.

For men the problem is even more debilitating a spoor sleep is known to be major factor in reduced libido. While your sex drive could be causing great stress in your marital life, the cause of this could be as simple as poor sleep. You will want to note that science has found that men who suffer from poor sleep generally also excrete less testosterone at night hence the low sex drive. These are just some of the problems that poor sleep can cause.

Exercise as a solution for poor sleep

While you may be in good shape, you might want to reconsider the need to exercise if you are one of many people who suffer from insomnia or any of the common sleep disorders. This should be considered very exciting news given that insomnia is a relatively common problem that is reported to affect 10-40% of adults in parts of the world. This article should be given due attention given that numerous studies have shown that the degree and persistence of insomnia is likely increase with age among people diagnosed. For this reason, if you have the problem off and on in middle age, it is very likely to persist if not worsen as you age. The main mode to deal with insomnia remains the use of medicine and in many cases these drugs are known to slightly addictive.

Ina study on insomnia and how exercise can be used to deal with problems of poor sleep, it was found that regular exercise is in fact an ideal solution. Findings indicated that among the benefits one can gain from regular exercise include taking a shorter duration before falling asleep and enjoying deeper sleep regularly. In a study of 570 research papers that focused on insomnia and poor sleep, 6 were chosen for their accuracy in discussion and method used to evaluate this hypothesis. In general all studies pointed to the same conclusion, increased exercise can reduce effects of insomnia and use of medication to improve sleeping patterns.


Yang, P., Ho, K., Chen, H., & Chien, M. (2012). Exercise training improves sleep quality in middle aged and older adults with sleep problems: a systematic review. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58, 157-163.

how to deal with halitosis

halitosisYou open your mouth to speak and people around you start rubbing their noses. Or covering them altogether. Or everytime you try to get close; to hear them better, the pull away. You brushed your teeth in the morning. And then had breakfast, so you think, it can’t possibly be your mouth. Well, it could be. Bad breath affects 1 in 4 people. It is a common social problem which brings with it embarrassment and fear of speaking comfortably around people.

Bad breath also known as halitosis could be a result of poor dental hygiene or a symptom an illness. One of the main reasons why people frequent dentists is a persistent bad breath. It can occur at any age.

The oral cavity shelters hundreds of bacteria. These bacteria breakdown proteins from the food we eat and from the saliva in our mouth into amino acids, which produce the odour. When further broken down, amino acids release foul gases such as hydrogen sulphite, methyl mercaptan etc. These bacteria reside on the back of the tongue and around the gum-line.

With proper oral hygiene including regular brushing (morning and before bed), paying more attention when cleaning the tongue, flossing and mouth washes; your bad breath could disappear. This is because thorough oral hygiene cleans out all the food particles that hide around your gums and on the back of your tongue. If these food particles are not cleaned out, they rot and become nourishment for bacterial growth inside your mouth.

However if the cause of your bad breath is not oral hygiene, then you might experience a temporary relief after mouth washing only to begin another cycle of halitosis. Once this happens, contact your dentist at your earliest available time to rule out any concerning conditions.

Illnesses outside the oral cavity are rarely the cause of halitosis. Nevertheless, they are known to cause oral mal-odour. They include sinuses, throat problem, lungs etc. Halitosis in these conditions is often accompanied by other symptoms such as fever or chest pain in case of lung involvement or blocked nose for sinuses.

Other common reasons are what we eat and drink e.g. spicy food leaves a bad breath once ingested and if consumed regularly then the person might constantly have bad breath. Some prescribed drugs like those given in chemotherapy give off a bad odour. Smoking gives an ‘ashtray’ odour and also damages your gums. Dry mouth (xerostomia) either physiologic like at night when saliva production is reduced causes the familiar bad breath when we wake up. Talking too much can dry your mouth making it a good environment for growth some bacteria.

Bad breath can get in the way of a person’s everyday life. They can’t speak comfortably. So either they don’t speak or speak too quickly such that the message is not well delivered. This robs them of self-confidence.

A quick way to test your breath is to lick your skin around the hand or wrist, wait for 3-5minutes then smell. Other ways to diagnose include a Halimeter (tests levels of hydrogen sulphide produced around your mouth air), a BANA test for detecting bacteria that cause halitosis, Gas chromatography and Beta-galactosidase test.

You can manage halitosis with proper oral hygiene, diet for instance, foods high in roughage can help clean out the bacteria, chewing gum, gargling and if necessary probiotic treatments.

Make-up Can’t Hide Everything -> Influenza- Spread and Prevention

influenzaOtherwise known as the common flu, influenza is a viral health condition that impacts the respiratory system in an individual. The affected person will feel uncomfortable symptoms of influenza in their nose, throat or lungs. And because of its viral nature, the condition is effortlessly transferred from one party to the next.
Like other airborne diseases, influenza finds new hosts when an affected person, sneezes, coughs or even talks. Other individuals in the vicinity will be infected as the virus passes through the air and into their nasal tract, mouth or the eyes. The influenza virus also has the capacity to linger on surfaces like skin and as such will also be transferred by touching someone else. In addition when affected hands come in contact with other surfaces like doors, tabletops, phones or clothing items , influenza finds even more ways to spread.
Going to public places like schools or offices or using public services like transit will multiply the risk of catching the flu.
Symptoms of influenza:
The typical infection period can last for up to a week after symptoms become apparent. The symptoms by themselves will be noticeable between 1-4 days after contracting the virus. Some of the more common symptoms include high fever, a dry cough, aches and pains, headaches and an overall feeling of discomfort and uneasiness. For some people, influenza may also bring about feeling chills, appetite loss as well as digestive inconsistencies.
Associated risk factors:
Influenza is known for coming back with a vengeance every year. The main factor is because the virus returns with a different strain each time. This makes fighting the infection more difficult for the body. Plus the influenza virus also affects the immune system making it more challenging to ward off other infections as well. Therefore, influenza patients, equipped with a weakened immune system exhibit low resistance to other infections and are more susceptible to contract pneumonia and other chronic conditions.
Among those who are most vulnerable to contracting the infection, very young children and senior citizens rank the most prominent. Plus, any individual with a compromised immune system has the potential to fall prey to the influenza virus. People who may already be suffering from respiratory conditions are also more vulnerable to the threat of influenza.
How to prevent contracting influenza:
Influenza vaccinations are administered every year during flu season. Because the virus changes so frequently, immunization is by far the best way to stay protected.
Another important factor is to regularly wash and sanitize hands because they are an easy way of catching and transmitting the contagion.
Eating nutrient dense foods that provide plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is also recommended. These nutrients have immune system boosting properties and can be beneficial in warding off common diseases.
Non medicinal treatment options include taking a lot of fluids and resting properly.
There are no over the counter medications to address influenza viruses, but medication may be used to treat its related symptoms like coughs, runny nose, sneezing, aches and fever.