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Reduced sleep quality during heat waves

According to sleep experts, "tropical nights" are harmful. Deep sleep is a pipe dream if the temperature does not drop below 20 degrees at night. Studies have shown that it is often more difficult for people to fall asleep. Also, the waking phases are longer at night. The so-called "REM sleep" is somewhat reduced. People often dream more intensively, and their eye movements are faster. In addition, the heart beats faster.

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Lavender Indoors

After travelling in the Mediterranean, one usually remembers the warm, sunny, dry climate. You also think of beautiful flowering lavender fields. Only some have a garden. But could lavender also thrive indoors in colder latitudes? Not all lavender plants are suitable for pots in the living room. Yet, some varieties are ideal for indoor use. These are so-called "dwarf lavender plants" such as "Goodwin Creek Grey" and "Munstead". A good choice is also "Little Lottie ", with fine pink flower tips. The French variety "Lavandula dentata" is also suitable as a pot plant.

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Healthy and Sustainable

Mindfulness, awareness, and rethinking habits are the themes. Start again and again with simple basics. "Give yourself a pat on the back sometimes!" - so you never stop learning, also with nutrition. Fasting in everyday life is a matter of practice because the implementation is not problem-free for everyone, but rather a matter of course that can become a habit. Fasting can be supplemented with "interval training". Growth hormone effects, BDNF can be significantly increased. Regenerative effects are documented and proven as well as cognitive abilities increase.

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The optimum room temperature for sleeping

The optimum room temperature in living spaces is usually between 20 and 22°C. It should be a bit cooler for sleeping, around 17 to 20°C. What steps should you consider taking if previous measures you consistently implemented result in you still feeling tired and exhausted, even after a good night's sleep? Perhaps the air in the room is too dry, and your sleep at night is disturbed. In addition to the temperature, air humidity is a decisive factor for restful sleep. A healthy humidity range is between a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 60 per cent relative humidity. As the airways do not dry out so quickly within this range, sleep quality improves over the long term.

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Healthy sleep cannot be taken for granted

On average, people spend a third of the day sleeping or at least struggling to sleep. So, if you live to be 85, you will have spent around 28 years sleeping. However, sleep problems are increasingly burdening our “meritocracy”. Noise pollution, apartments that are too cold or too warm, and poor air quality can impair sleep quality. Due to stress and overload, necessary measures are often not implemented. As mentioned in previous articles, the temperature in your bedroom should be 18°C, something that has even become legal and medical consensus. This applies to Switzerland and many European countries, where most people have a bed, blanket and pillow. Many well-insulated apartments tempt you to wear light or no nightwear, even in winter. The latter is generally unhealthy.

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Quit smoking without relapsing?

I have now been smoke free for almost two years. I was a chain smoker. At least every thirty minutes I would get the urge to have a cigarette. Yet, after just two months the worst part was over. I began to live without having to permanently think about cigarettes or be at the mercy of my addiction. However, unfortunately, a "smoking career" is not something which you ever fully overcome.

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