Typically, if we wake up in the middle of the night, we chalk it up as a ‘bad nights sleep’, but apparently, it may be our bodies way of fighting for it’s natural sleep cycle. Confused? Take a look at the video below to see the history of sleep and how waking up after four hours for a bit was totally normal and actually stimulated creativity:
You might want to reconsider that midnight snack… As it is already known that the late night munchies is harmful to your body weight, a new study conducted at the University of California , Los Angeles. shows that it could also be impairing the way we learn and collect memories. As much as I love a late night bowl of ice cream every now and then, I would much rather maintain my edge on learning and stellar memory 😉
“We believe that late-night snacking may affect our learning capabilities by affecting the parts of the brain responsible for learning and memory, specifically, the hippocampus,” Dr. Dawn Loh, a project scientist at the university and lead author of the study, told The Huffington Post. “The timing of food consumption is what we believe to be the primary cause of the impaired memory that we describe.”
For the study, which was published last month in the online journal eLife, the researchers analyzed the behavior and cognitive abilities of mice who were put on strict feeding schedules. Over a two-week period, the mice were either allowed to eat during the time of day when they tend to be the most active, or only during the time of day when they tend to sleep, New Scientist reported.
Then, the researchers tested the cognitive abilities of the mice by measuring their performance on behavioral tests. In one test, the researchers determined how well the mice could remember that a specific room chamber was associated with an unpleasant-yet-mild electric shock after 24 hours had gone by.
The researchers noticed that, when the mice were placed in the room again, those who ate when they should have been sleeping were less likely to “freeze” in fear than the mice who ate during normal hours — suggesting that they didn’t remember the association.
The researchers also tested how well the mice could recognize a novel object, and noticed that the mice who ate when they should have been sleeping were significantly less able to recall the object than the mice who were fed at their normal hours.
By consuming food at the ‘wrong’ time of day, we induce misalignment between the various clocks in the brain and body.”
The researchers went on to show that molecules involved in memory formation were altered in the mice who were fed when they should have been sleeping. Since the formation of long-term memories is governed by the hippocampus, the researchers concluded that the timing of meals can disrupt hippocampal physiology, and therefore our ability to learn.
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Good morning, sunshine! Nobody wakes up in the morning with the intent of having a bad day, but with life, comes various obstacles that can affect our happiness. Luckily, there are some very simple steps that can be taken each morning to improve our state of mind and elevate our intent of accomplishment for the day to come:
- Express Gratitude
Every new day leads to a new way to say “thank you” for being alive. Everything we experience and are capable of experiencing on this blue marble in this universal arena is something to be grateful for. Contemplate the fact that something rather than nothing exists and that within that something we exist and experience such an amazing reality.
- Set Your Intentions for the Day
Treat your thoughts as if they were spells of magic, replicating in the real world from the garden of your mind.Most of us have to get up for work on a regular basis which leads to going through the motions of getting out of bed, getting ready and going to work. Before we do any of that we can affirm, either in the form of saying aloud or writing down, what we intend for the day or wish to get done.
- Take Five Long Deep Breaths In and Out
Breath is incredibly powerful and can take us into transcendental states of consciousness where we become masters of our inner fire. All too often we baseline to shallow breathing which may sustain our lives but will not optimize them.
- Smile For No Reason – Just Flex The Muscle
Smiling has been shown to reduce stress, reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system which is all the more reason to do it after leaving Dreamland. Smile and get elevated.
- Forgive Yourself for Yesterdays Mistakes
Let’s not add any unnecessary suffering to our lives. Look at your shadows, acknowledge their transient nature and let them go.