Is there any truth to ‘Early to bed, early to rise’?

Being a morning person has been advised by our parents and grandparents alike. Does the saying ‘Early to bed, early to rise’ have a meaning? Yes, scientifically, getting up early and sleeping early helps in keeping stress levels in check. Not only stress early risers feel more energetic, efficient and confident to face the world. Here is a quick check on how the saying stands true.

Keeps you Positive - Waking up early makes you manage your time well and save in efforts in stressing about making it to work or a meeting. Planning a night before can save you the last minute horrors. Also, sleeping late can bring repetitive thoughts in mind bringing in negative thoughts too which do not do any good to stress levels and anxiety.

Ignites the Chances of Success - A person who sleeps well at night feels fresh in the morning. As many have experienced studying in the morning or making a to-do list in the morning – planning the day well in advance motivates in doing a great job at the set goals. A morning person becomes proactive resulting in good job performance, high career success and much more appraisals and appreciations.

Sleep promotes Good Health - A busy person like a Millennial today is on the go every minute and falling sick is not an option for anyone be it the new moms, entrepreneurs or anybody else for that matter. Sleeping on time guarantees plenty of good sleep which helps strengthen the immune system.

No Procrastinations - Early risers tend to not procrastinate work since they have a lot of time on their platter to invest it on working proactively. On the contrary fussy sleepers and late risers wait till the last minute to complete tasks resulting in stress and then a worrisome sleep.

Sleeping on time not only makes you plan your day better but also helps in making you look better. When tired and stressed one looks unhealthy and less attractive since the lethargy reflecting on the face and this is not at all a good sign if you are in a client-facing job or if you are on a lookout for an investment in your start-up. Up the game with your strong first impression by sleeping on time and waking up early. It is easy to switch to be a morning person all you need to do is keep putting in efforts to keep off-screen one hour before sleeping, plan a sleep schedule and stick to it to manually make it a practice for the body to wake up without an alarm and yes, keep that confidence intact and you will achieve your goals real soon. You must experience the change to believe in Ben Franklin’s old saying “Early to bed, and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Bariatric Surgery as a way to combat the effects of PCOD

Bariatric Surgery is a procedure that helps obese people reduce weight. There are two ways this procedure happens one being, making the stomach smaller in size which results in less consumption of liquids and food and other being making the small intestines smaller through the surgery that results in a change in the calorie consumption of the body and the nutrients in the food. Medically and physically a person who is overweight is prone to suffer from diabetes, PCOD, or heart disease as well. Even though medically Bariatric Surgery is considered to be beneficial to the people but each body type reacts to surgeries differently and the surgery does not guarantee a change in eating habits and physical activity of the person. Bariatric Surgery is a surgery that helps in shedding extra fat by reducing the stomach size to promote eating less and consuming fewer calories. Keeping the healthy habit intact post-surgery is the responsibility of the patient to eat healthy after the surgery to maintain the weight and keep healthy.

The root cause of PCOD – polycystic ovary disease is still unknown but known manifestations of PCOD are considered to be metabolic disorders, menstrual & ovulatory dysfunctions, and clinical hyperandrogenism. According to researchers what works best for patients suffering from PCOS are lifestyle changes, weight loss resulting in a balance in insulin resistance, and no type 2 diabetes. One who is suffering from PCOD is advised to reduce weight to help in reducing insulin and androgen levels in the body which helps in restoring ovulation. Doctors chart out a weight control program but when the likes of dieting and a balanced diet do not work for the patient, the doctors might just suggest Bariatric Surgery which helps in maintaining weight by working closely on the digestive powers of the stomach. A BMI of 30 to 35 is Class 1 obesity, a BMI of 35 to 40 is Class 2 obesity and a BMI of 40 and above is Class 3 obesity and Class 2 and 3 obesities are considered to be severe obesity which is often hard to treat with diet and exercise alone. Thus, bariatric surgery is considered to be helpful depending on the person. A person with a strong immunity on the prescription of a doctor might undergo bariatric surgery to fight the symptoms of PCOD. Keep a healthy check on your eating habits to keep off getting operated. Eat healthy stay healthy!


Myths about yoga: How early can you start your yoga journey?

Yoga is not a compulsion but practice. Yoga is a philosophy that needs to be understood to attain eternal bliss. As the saying goes you are as old as your thoughts; there is no fixed age as to when you can start your yoga journey. Let your age be any number, you can still relax and practice yoga with ease. Look for a great motivating yoga instructor and walk the path of positivity with yoga. Yoga comes with a lot of myths along with it and you must believe in one of the following if you have not yet started practicing yoga. Here’s to busting the myths!

 - Yoga means flexibility - Yoga is an art that needs a lot of patience and a tender heart to practice. Everyone is flexible to the point that one can practice yoga basic yoga asanas easily and as you practice the better you keep getting at the postures. A perfect combination of strength and balance can make for a great concentration that will automatically work on the flexibility of the body.

- Yoga is for youngsters – Yoga is an art form for everyone be it any age or gender. Yoga needs to be done with a great concentration and regularity which is very do-able for anyone with a strong might and this is not limited to gender or age. Anyone can practice Yoga that’s the truth!

- Yoga seems time-consuming – Yoga does not demand a lot of time initially. One can start any time of the day but the most efficient timing is to practice 30 minutes in the morning and evening respectively and later when one has more time at hand more of asanas, pranayama and meditation can be added.

- A Lifestyle change is a must – Yoga demands practice and a commitment towards it. Yoga does not demand an immediate transformation to a vegan diet or a complete lifestyle change. A clean vegetarian diet is recommended and yes a little moderation in consuming junk food and laid back attitude is highly expected while practicing yoga.

Yoga is a complete package of wonderful feeling in and out, a better and healthy life and peace of mind with a committed meditation. The myths about yoga are many but the only truth that stands tall is the fact that yoga is a must to do an activity to keep sane in this stressful life where everything has turned into noise and everyone is competing in this materialistic world. Keep calm and practice yoga!

Cervical Spondylosis: Simple tips to deal with a painful condition

Cervical spondylosis is a medical condition where the vertebrae, discs, and ligaments in the neck or spine deteriorate leading in pains and swollen joints. Cervical spondylosis is also an aging phenomenon when the intervertebral discs go weaker and lead to bulging discs. As per medical reports, almost 85% of people over the age of 60 years live with Cervical spondylosis. The symptoms of Cervical spondylosis include weakness and pain and in some cases when the disc press on a nerve it can lead to loss of consciousness and difficulty in mobility. Here are a few simple tips to reduce the symptoms of Cervical spondylosis. Make a note -

  1. Keep a constant check on body posture. Make sure to keep your neck in a neutral position and not strain your neck. Keep your head balanced directly over your spine and not leaning to the left or right.

  2. Set your desktop screen to your eye level and your feet should be well supported on the floor. Keep your shoulders straight and back in a relaxed position and make sure you keep giving yourself posture checks every hour until it becomes your habit.

  3. Make sure to not rotate your neck. This might just lead to grinding your bones together. Keep your neck straight and occasional tilt your neck left and right gently. Keep your stress levels low, since the stress can lead to the perception of pain and make the whole ordeal even worse.

  4. Do not talk on the phone with a tilted head or leaning your head to one side to avoid pain. This helps in reducing strain on the neck muscles.

  5. One may also tend to do Neck Stretch – Keep your body straight, push your chin forward and softly tense your neck muscles in a way, hold for 5 seconds and slowly resume your position.

In case there is a perpetual pain the neck and the back, make sure to seek professional help if the pain stays for more than two weeks. A professional will help you with Xrays and chalk out an exercise regime as per your schedule and help you strengthen your neck, shoulders, and back. Other instant pain relievers, muscle relaxants, anti-epileptic drugs, and prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs might help you. Last but not least make sure to keep your body posture correct at all times. Stay fit and eat healthily!