The Importance of Good Sleep and How to Get It!

(Image Credit: Rachel Titiriga)

(Image Credit: Rachel Titiriga)

Today I want to address a problem which is definitely an issue for many people in their day-to-day life (including mine!). Sleep. Sleep is essential for life; it allows our bodies to recuperate, it gives us the energy for the next day, and it gives our brains time to process all of the information we absorb each day.  Plus we tend to feel a bit under the weather and start getting snappy when we haven’t had enough. Most sources suggest that not getting enough sleep for a prolonged period of time can be detrimental to health – it can leave you with extra stress, lack of energy and even weight gain. But getting enough sleep, and satisfying sleep at that, is easier said than done. Continue reading

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5 Reasons You Should Take a Nap

(Image Credit: Kaspars Grinvalds)

(Image Credit: Kaspars Grinvalds)

Napping is a time-honored tradition in kindergarten classrooms. After that, it usually falls by the wayside, but it definitely shouldn’t. Napping can be just as effective for adults as it is for children, and it comes with a ton of benefits including improved memory and mental stamina. With National Napping Day coming up in the next few months, it’s time to start practicing now.

Need some more convincing? Read on for the top five reasons you should take a nap today. You’ll be glad you did!

Mood-Booster

Napping can help improve your mood, especially when you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. If you find yourself tired, irritable and upset, it’s time to take a nap. After all, people put kids to bed when they get cranky, so why wouldn’t that work for adults? A nap can give you a more positive outlook on a situation and help you cope better with anxiety, leaving you feeling better about a situation in just a few short minutes.

Nix the Caffeine

A lot of people use coffee, soda or some other source of caffeine to help us get through the day, which isn’t always a great idea. Next time you find yourself reaching for a coffee boost, try a nap instead. Catching a few minutes of sleep can help you power through mid-afternoon grogginess, and it’s even more effective than caffeine. Plus, the alertness from a nap lasts much longer than a temporary caffeine high.

Stress Reduction

There are some days where everything seems to be going wrong, and it’s those days when you need a nap the most. Stress produces hormones that naps can help alleviate, and napping also gives you better emotional control over negative emotions like frustration and impulsivity. When you’ve gotten some sleep, it’s easier to complete draining tasks, not only because you feel better but because the reduced stress from napping makes everything seem more manageable.

Work Smart

Next time you’re staying up late to work on a project, make sure to take some time for a little shut-eye. Though it may seem counterintuitive to drop everything for half an hour or so, when you wake up from a nap, you’ll be able to get more things done. Napping can increase endurance and focus and get you ready to finish a project. Besides, pushing yourself to get the work done doesn’t help. When you’re tired, you’re more likely to make mistakes.

Just Do It

But honestly, the only reason you need to take a nap is the fact that you want to take one. I know that you’ve been taught napping is something only little kids or lazy people do, but don’t listen to that. Napping is sleeping, only for a shorter time, and everyone sleeps. Denying yourself the nap you want is only to going make you more tired and upset. All the great benefits of napping are just a plus!

So, you want to start taking naps? Great idea! You should know that it’s recommended that naps last no longer than an hour, and you need to keep your sleep schedule in mind. Typically, if you take a nap too close to bedtime, it makes it harder for you to fall asleep. Try napping in the early afternoon for about 30 minutes to experience the full benefits of naptime.

Then, once you’ve set up a nap pattern that works for you, you’ll feel better and more productive before you know it. Sweet dreams!

The Health Benefits of Cuddling

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(Image Credit: Warren Goldswain)

Most of us really enjoy a good cuddle every now and then. Whether that’s with your significant other, your dog or cat, or that stuffed animal you’ve had since you were little, there’s just something about cuddling that makes us feel good. In fact, there’s this girl who is allowing people to buy cuddle time with her, a completely innocent way for her to help others feel better. But does it actually really help us? Well, as it turns out there are some really great health benefits of cuddling. Continue reading

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Ways to become a morning person!

Morning Person (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media Ltd.)

Morning Person (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media Ltd.)

Not all of us are born with the genes of a morning person. I, for one, do not have an internal clock set to wake me anywhere near sunrise. Although there’s nothing wrong with loving sleep, life often calls for us to be early risers. Here are a few steps that might make crawling out of bed at 6 am just a little bit less painful. Continue reading

Surprising Facts About Dreams

Lost in Her Dreams (Image Credit: Simone Artibani)

Lost in Her Dreams (Image Credit: Simone Artibani)

Going to sleep is by far the best part of any day. It’s the time when you lie down, forget everything stressful for a bit, and just relax; no worries for the next eight hours while you’re surrounded by cozy blankets and fluffy pillows (a girl can dream, right?). As you close your eyes, you drift off and you are greeted by what we can only hope are pleasant dreams.

Dreams are so interesting, playing like movies while we sleep, and yet there is so much we still don’t know about them. Throughout the years, research has unearthed some interesting facts about dreams and what affects them. Here at The Daily Quirk, we have compiled a list of some of the more interesting ones for your reading pleasure: Continue reading

Tips To Help You Fall Asleep Faster!

Sleep (Image Credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simões)

Sleep (Image Credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simões)

We all have those restless nights where all we want is nothing more than to get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, however, sometimes that is simply not possible considering how cluttered our minds tend to get. Our minds get filled with whatever occurred during the day, problems in our life, deadlines, and so much more. No matter how hard we try, sometimes falling asleep can seem like the most arduous task ever.

Fear not, though, for I have some useful tips to help you make the most out of your night and make your voyage to dreamland more effective! Continue reading

Simple (and healthy) ways to boost your energy levels!

Tired on the Train (Image Credit: Timothy Brown)

Tired on the Train (Image Credit: Timothy Brown)

Energy, is something that we all wish we had more of. Some days it can be ridiculously hard to pull yourself out of bed, others you start flagging in the afternoon. Often you find yourself reaching for a third cup of coffee for the day just to keep going. We all know those annoyingly energetic people, the sort that have an endless bounce to their step and always seem to get everything done and are still raring to go at the end of the day. I can’t give you the secret to these people’s gusto in life, but there are ways to boost your own energy levels. Just a follow a few small tips to hopefully improve your ability to make it through the day and make life a little bit easier! Continue reading

Simple Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life

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You deserve to be happy! If you need to put a little oomph back in your step or simply realize there is always room for improvement, check out these simple and inexpensive ways to improve your quality of life!
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The Importance of Good Sleep and How to Get It.

Image Credit: Rachel Titiriga

Today I want to address a problem which is definitely an issue for many people in their day-to-day life (including mine!). Sleep. Sleep is essential for life; it allows our bodies to recuperate, it gives us the energy for the next day, and it gives our brains time to process all of the information we absorb each day.  Plus we tend to feel a bit under the weather and start getting snappy when we haven’t had enough. Most sources suggest that not getting enough sleep for a prolonged period of time can be detrimental to health – it can leave you with extra stress, lack of energy and even weight gain. But getting enough sleep, and satisfying sleep at that, is easier said than done. Continue reading

Sleeping Your Way to Better Health

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Are you getting enough sleep? Sleeping too much? Either way you will certainly not be feeling your best each day and could potentially be cutting years off your lifespan.  So how long should you be sleeping each night? General consensus seems to be that the crucial amount of sleep is between 6.5 and 7.5, any more or less and you are doing your body a great disservice. In fact, people who get a night’s sleep in this range tend to live longer than most and are at less risk for many diseases and disorders.

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