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Lucid dreaming & sleep paralysis

Lucid dreaming

Lucid dreaming, you know what that is ? Its the term that describes you being in a dream but aware that its a dream. Im gonna teach you few hints that will improve your chanses of getting a lucid dream.

Wikipedia says :
A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state,

Ive acctually experianced two of these cases. One where i was normaly dreaming then realised that i was in a dream. I was kinda able to do stuff i wanted in the dream. The other way, where you fall right into one went like this. I was watching a morning radio program on tv, and fell asleep. Maybe a few secconds after falling alseep i sat on a train with a friend singing to the song ”Alicia keys – Try sleeping with a broken heart”
I didnt eaven know the lyrics but since the song was on the tv i suddenly could sing along with it in my dream.

I will tell you my opinion how you can fall into a lucid dream.

1. Sleep on your back.
I personaly sleep on my stomach, but try to switch sides so i can get a lucid dream.
Also sleeping on your back increases chanses of getting normal dreams.

2. Try falling asleep on your back with your hands flat down.
As a standing position but on your bed.

3. Fall alseep with your tv on close to you.
My tv is right next to my head when i fall alseep since its an old tv and i got no removte for it.
Sounds from the tv will make you imagine things like conversations in your dream.

4. Each some chocolate before trying this if you want to have a higher chanse for sex dreams.
These are my adviced that i found out have worked for me. Theres also few more ways that I have yet not tried. Such as i”n dream reality check” pinching yourself in the dream to se if its real, force yourself to do that in your dreams.

Im not saying if you do this you will have a lucid dream every night. But everytime i fall alseep on my back with my tv on in the background i usually dream.

Also this is important. If you are naturally active while sleeping be aware that you can fall into something called ”sleep paralysis”. Sleep paralysis causes your brain to wake up before your body. Meaning you will be awake but paralysed. Its also possible that you will dream while awake meaning stuff will apear in your room if you happened to wake up with your eyes open.

The dreams that will appear are mostly nightmares, since you will be shocked and afraid of the situation that you are paralysed you will probablly experience a nightmare.

Power of caffeine

CHINA CREATES FAKE RICE, NOT AMAZING?

China is known for rice. Its flavorful, tasty, and filling. Now it seems, if you’re unlucky, it will kill you.

According to a number of reports, some companies in China are making rice composed of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and…plastic? In a country known for trying to feed people urine-soaked eggs, this really doesn’t come as a shock, though it is rather disconcerting look at the state of food safety in the far East.

After the potatoes are shaped into rice grains, industrial synthetic resins are added. In the end, the rice ends up retaining its shape and staying hard after cooking. According to Weekly Hong Kong, a Korean-language newspaper, the rice is being sold in Taiyuan, a Chinese town in Shaanxi province.

Have you ever wanted to eat a plastic bag? Well, according to the online publication Very Vietnam, you only need to eat three bowls of rice to eat the equivalent of one plastic bag. But this bizarre practice of absolutely destroying the livelihood of anyone who eats the stuff is not uncommon in China.

A company in Xi’an attempted to flavor rice in an attempt to make fake “Wuchang rice,” which is apparently China’s best rice.

This extends beyond rice as well. In 2008 milk and infant formula was found with melamine added to it, injuring around 300,000 people and killing six infants. Apparently melamine helps milk pass nutrition tests. How ironic.

Worlds population today

The world population is the total population of humans on the planet Earth. An automatically updated daily calculation by the United States Census Bureau estimates the current figure to be 6,892,600,000. The world population has experienced continuous growth since the end of the Black Death around the year 1400. The highest rates of growth—increases above 1.8% per year—were seen briefly during the 1950s, for a longer period during the 1960s and 1970s; the growth rate peaked at 2.2% in 1963, and declined to 1.1% by 2009. Annual births have reduced to 140 million since their peak at 173 million in the late 1990s, and are expected to remain constant, while deaths number 57 million per year and are expected to increase to 80 million per year by 2040. Current projections show a continued increase of population (but a steady decline in the population growth rate) with the population expected to reach between 8 and 10.5 billion in the year 2050.

Sleep Better to Live Longer

Do you enjoy your sleep? Well, we are not really sure if we enjoy our sleep but at least we are now sure about the fact that the quality of sleep can directly affect your lifestyle and also determine how long you will survive. As per the research done by American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) the quality of sleep is very important if you want to live longer and healthier. To support their sleep quality theory AASM did a survey and a research along with Sleep Research Society where they found that those people who are already in their late seventies and eighties enjoyed sleeping and that their sleeping pattern were absolutely different from what we are used to in our professionally hectic life.

As per the research, it was found that more than 65 percent of the people who slept for more than 7.5 hours enjoyed a better health and longer lifespan and some patients were almost in their nineties. In recent times, people prefer to work late nights and sleep only for limited hours and that is seriously affecting their lifespan and health even when they are eating good food. It was also found that men require more sleep than women because men are involved in more hard working areas where they need to exert physical and mental strength.

Most health problems like fatigue, weakness, and insomnia were directed related to sleep deficiency and therefore most doctors now feel that they can bring improvement to their patients health by giving them more sufficient rest that would act like a natural medicine and allow the metabolism inside the body to function in a natural way rather than using various medicines to cure health related problems. Many health gurus believe that proper sleep has the potential of eradicating various health problems.

Hubble’s still got it. Telescope finds possible galaxy that might be the oldest thing ever seen

Hubble’s still got it.

The aging beauty of a space telescope has glimpsed a presumed galaxy that astronomers say might just be the oldest thing ever seen, a small, hot affair that blazed to life during the childhood of the cosmos.

Age of Hubble: Almost 21.

Age of the possible galaxy: 13 billion years, give or take.

Although NASA’s Hubble has offered a generation’s worth of spectacular images – sparkling galaxies, billowing nebulae, stunning star clusters – its latest quarry lacks charisma. The presumed oldest galaxy is but a faint smudge on Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field image, the astronomical equivalent of a days-long staring contest.

In 2009, Hubble’s operators turned the telescope toward a dark pocket in the southern sky and “bored a hole,” in the words of one Hubble enthusiast, funneling a trickle of light thrown off by the most ancient stuff we’ve ever seen.

The Ultra Deep Field displays a roiling zoo of galaxies – thin ones, fat ones, cigars, pinwheels, discs, and clouds. But the oldest galaxy is nothing but a smear.

Still, this “candidate” galaxy – so-called because it could turn out to be something much less exciting – marks the latest entry in a quickening deep-space race among astronomers to bag and tag ever older objects.

Hubble’s new wide field camera 3, installed during a tense 2009 spacewalk, has sparked the race, peering into the heavens with 40 times the sensitivity of its predecessor.

“The idea that you can detect something from the beginning of cosmic time by looking at a patch of sky for 87 hours is just wild,” says Rychard Bouwens, an astronomer from Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, who led the team that made the discovery.

As for the impossible-sounding age of the possible galaxy, Bouwens adds, “I’m kind of wowed by it myself.”

Or, as Daniel Fabricant, an astronomer at Harvard University puts it: “If true, the discovery would be a very big deal.”🙄

Much advice about the effects of drinking proves to be false

From doctors to bartenders to new year’s resolutionaries, there’s no shortage of people offering advice about alcohol. Now take a look at what scientists have found when they put some conventional wisdom under the microscope.

Drinking coffee will get you sober faster.

FALSE: Caffeine may wake you up, but it won’t lower your blood alcohol level. In fact, a cup of coffee may make it harder for you to realize you’re drunk, according to Thomas Gould of Temple University in Philadelphia.

In experiments on mice, reported in 2009 in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, he found that caffeine – the equivalent of one to eight cups of coffee for humans – made the rodents more alert but did nothing to reverse the cognitive impairment caused by alcohol, such as their inability to avoid stimuli they should have known were unpleasant. In other words, a shot of caffeine may simply fool drunken people into thinking they are sober.

Beer then liquor, never sicker. Liquor then beer, never fear.

FALSE: There is no chemical interaction between these drinks that makes you feel particularly bad the next day. It is the total amount of alcohol consumed that matters.

Perhaps when you have already had several beers you’ll drink more shots, and more quickly, as your self-control will be reduced.

What is less clear is whether darker drinks such as bourbon are more likely to give you a hangover than a clear spirit such as vodka. That idea appeared to be confirmed by a 2009 Brown University study. One possible explanation is that dark drinks have a higher concentration of congeners, the byproducts of fermentation.

However, another study, at the Boston University School of Public Health, found no connection between getting a hangover and the type of alcohol consumed.

James Bond was right: Martinis should be shaken, not stirred.

TRUE: for most people’s taste. British Agent 007 ordered his vodka martinis “shaken, not stirred,” but is there really any difference? Yes, according to a team at the University of Western Ontario in Canada that studied the ability of the classic martini, made with gin and vermouth, to deactivate hydrogen peroxide, which is produced by the body’s metabolism and is a potent source of free radicals. In 1999, they showed that martinis were more effective at deactivating hydrogen peroxide than their main ingredients alone. For reasons that are not clear, the shaken mix was twice as effective as the stirred mix.

But does the resulting cocktail tastes better? One suggestion is that an agitated martini contains more microscopic shards of ice, giving it a more pleasant texture, or “mouthfeel.” However, the most likely reason for Bond’s preference seems to be that it helps reduce the taste of residual oil left over when vodka is made from potatoes, the base vegetable used at the time Ian Fleming wrote his spy novels.

Champagne gets you drunker than wine.

TRUE: The bubbles in champagne may make a difference. A small 2003 study in Alcohol and Alcoholism suggested that it may be more intoxicating than wine. The reason remains a mystery. Perhaps bubbles open the pyloric valve in the stomach, letting the alcohol reach the intestine and hence the bloodstream more quickly. Alternatively, fizzy drinks might increase the rate of alcohol absorption by stimulating the lining of the stomach.

Wine consumption explains the “French paradox.”

FALSE: French people suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet rich in saturated fats.

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