Myths About Sleep: Debunked!

Do you ever think about what happens when you go to sleep? Do you ever think about the rumours posted about facts surrounding sleep and ponder whether or not they are true. Well, prepare to be amazed. There are so many false assumptions about sleep and what happens when you sleep or what can impact your sleeping pattern that we’re here to set the record straight. Let’s start by thinking about dreams.

When You’re Asleep, Your Brain Achieves Its Maximum Potential

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False! This idea has been around for quite some time, but it was recently made popular again by Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Yes, lucid dreaming is a fascinating topic, and yes it is possible to fail to realise you’re asleep because a dream can be so realistic. But it has nothing to do with utilising your full brain power. In fact, we are always using our full brain power just not all at once, and we don’t use it all at once while we’re asleep either. The simplest way to think about this is that your brain is divided into sections. When you complete an activity, part of the brain related to that activity will light up on the MRI. You don’t need all of it though. For instance, you don’t need the part of your brain that handles your inhibition when you’re lying down in bed.

Electromagnetic Energy Is Keeping Me Up

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It’s unlikely, to say the least. Let’s say that you are struggling to sleep in your bedroom. You might go online, and one of the first articles you stumble across may suggest that energy from EMF, electromagnetic frequencies can disrupt your sleep by screwing with your brain waves. In fact, it was recently shown in an exaggerated form on a popular TV show Better Call Saul. Now, the theory behind this suggests that the tiny amounts of radioactive energy that every single tech device produces impacts your brain. However, there is very little evidence to support this. Even standing on an electricity pylon probably won’t impact you that greatly because it’s far enough away from you. So, the chances of the TV in your room, designed to be consumer friendly causing an issue are slim to none. Interestingly if you do stumble on sites claiming this type of fear as fact, they are usually connected to a company selling EMF safety software and equipment on sites like Fascinating huh?

Sleeping On A Firm Mattress Is Good For You?

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Have you ever heard this one? You might have complained to your mum and dad about your mattress and mentioned that you have decided to buy a new one. Why bother! – They exclaim loudly. Sleeping on a firm mattress is good for your back, don’t you know. But actually, the science doesn’t back up their claim. In fact, sleeping on a firm mattress can actually be worse for you. It pushes your body into an unnatural position and as such may impact blood flow. It could also cause increased tension in the lower back muscles. According to sites like, different mattresses suit different people. But that doesn’t mean you should continue to sleep on a firm mattress if it is causing you discomfort. Instead, it’s probably time to pick out a new one.

OBE Is Totally Real

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It could be, we can’t guarantee this one isn’t true however we also can’t say empirically that it is. What we can tell you is that an OBE or outer body experience is classified as paranormal activity. There is a research grant in America that will give anyone a million dollars if they can prove empirically a paranormal activity. This grant has never been claimed. Now, it’s possible that technology simply isn’t there yet to show someone experiencing an OBE. Or, it’s quite possible that they are just a trick of the imagination. We simply don’t know, and for now, we’re happy to label this one as debunked.

You Can Function Fine On Two Minutes Of Sleep

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The length of time varies. Some people say they can function on a couple of minutes of sleep. Others suggest that they can handle life in just a couple of hours, but scientifically they’re wrong. Experts suggest that you do indeed need at least eight hours to function effectively. While you can function on less, you will not be reaching your maximum potential and will be more prone to making serious mistakes. So, you might have seen hospital shows where the characters claim to be working on five minutes of sleep. If this were actually the case, those doctors would probably be killing more people than they saved.

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Sage Advice for Growing Old ‘Gracefully’

Growing old is often no easy thing and there are so many people telling how to do it, and how to do it right. In reality, there is no right way to grow old, and different things work for different people. Here are some tips, and things to try, not to grow old gracefully, but making the most of it. With pensions and retirement comes more free time, so you are able to try and do things that you might not have been able to ten or twenty years ago. So make the most of it!

Getting Fit

Staying fit can be difficult to do when you have a full-time job, but being retired means you have time to keep fit and keep active. This is some advice that is always given to you as you grow older, but it is something that everyone should try and do at every age. Using your body will keep it in tip-top condition for years to come, so you are able to do what you what, when you want, well into the future, and who doesn’t want to look good?

Trying New Things

Many people might be old and have lots of habits and ideas that they won’t grow out, but why not challenge yourself to trying something new? Why not try swimming if you haven’t before, or get some adrenaline rushing with a poker game? Perhaps you can try that photography class that you wanted to try when you were younger, or you could become a life drawing model? There are lots of things to get involved with now you have the time, and hopefully some more resources than you did, than when you have a young family to raise. Now you can spend money on yourself, your own interests, and do as you please, without answering anyone.

Covering Your Bases

Now, so much strange advice and propaganda is marketed toward the older generation, and while you don’t have to start planning your own funeral  just yet, it’s good to be smart about these choices. Looking after yourself, and even your partner, can require some difficult decisions and swallowing your pride at times. If you think you might need a medical alert system, like Alert-1 for example, or you  just want to be on the safe side, invest in one. If a mobility scooter or walking stick might be of use to you, get one! There are so many things to make your life easier and safer to live, so if something might be of use to you, there’s no harm in trying it out.

Spending Time With the Family

This is an obvious one, but if you have more time on your hands, this is great time to spend with your family. Appreciating your loved ones is one of the best pastimes out there.


Growing old gracefully can be done in lots of different ways. It’s a time to grow, challenge yourself, and try new things. All the best for the adventures you’re yet to have!

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Improve Your Home With a Prefab Building

Expanding your home can be a costly and time-consuming mission. You need extra space for whatever reason, but you’re unsure about undertaking such a big project. Whether you need storage space or you want a workshop to use, there could be an easier way for you get the space you’re after. Instead of building an addition to your home, you might want to consider whether you can benefit from a prefabricated building instead. A prefab metal building offers a range of excellent uses, and it’s quick and affordable to construct. In fact, with a few friends to help out, you can put it together yourself.

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Easy to Construct

One of the best things about a prefab building is that it’s easy to put together, as well as more affordable. With a metal building kit, you can construct your prefab building without professional help. Of course, you could pay someone to put it up for you, but it’s not essential. If you’re worried about building on the land you have available, you can ensure everything is stable using aggregate piers, which help to strengthen the foundations – you can learn more from Helitech. You can get buildings of all sizes too so you can find the right one for the space you have available.

Increase Your Living or Storage Space

Prefab buildings can be used for a range of purposes. No matter what you want it for, you’ll be able to build one in no time. Perhaps you want garage space to store your car or maybe tools and equipment. You might want to build a workshop for woodworking, metal work or other crafts. Or perhaps you want to increase your living space and create a “man cave” or even a guest cottage. There’s so much you could do with a prefab building, and you could do it much quicker too.

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Create an Attractive Addition

People often worry about what a prefab building is going to look like as part of their home. You might have concerns about it sticking out or looking ugly. But prefab buildings can look just as beautiful as any other building. Take a look at some examples of prefab buildings that are available to rent or buy now. You can find stunning projects ranging from apartments to hotels that don’t compromise on looks. There’s no need to worry about getting a building that looks good. Although, if you’re happy with something plain and simple, that’s available too.

Simple to Remove or Replace

A prefab building can make an excellent permanent addition to your home, but it’s also possible to remove it if you want to. They can be easy to construct and also easy to deconstruct and remove or move to a different location if you want to. This can be beneficial if you only need a building for a while. Perhaps you need somewhere to live while waiting for your permanent home to be constructed.

A prefab building could be an excellent way to add space to your home while saving time and money. Don’t rule it out until you’ve considered its benefits.

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Minimising The Stress That Comes With Redecorating

There are various parts of homeownership that are stressful, but one of the most stressful of which is redecorating, or at least it can be. It’s no secret that homes need to be renovated and updated to keep them looking good. However, what a lot of people don’t realise is just how stressful the process of redecorating can be, until they start planning the decoration process, that is, and then they begin to realise just how much of a mammoth task they have taken on.

When it comes to updating the living room or creating the kitchen of your dreams, you rarely think that the process of doing so will wreak havoc on your life. But the fact is that it can do, because the expectations of updating your home, the high costs, the worry of things going wrong, and the concept of having strangers coming in and out of your house, can get to anyone. Then there is the fact that you may not be able to have constant access to the amenities that you have grown accustomed to, such as hot running water.

While the truth is that it is almost impossible to get rid of the stress that comes with redecorating your home completely, you can lay some simple foundations for a less stressful overall experience.

Bearing that in mind, below is a guide to some simple tips that you can implement to make the process of redecorating a much less stressful one.

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Be realistic from the start

One of the biggest mistakes that anyone can make when it comes to redecorating their home is not being realistic from the start. You can’t expect to be able to turn a tiny bathroom into a luxurious spa-style retreat because there just isn’t the space. The key to reducing decorating stress is to know your limits and work with what you have got – small bathrooms can be amazing spaces, it’s just a case of being realistic about how you choose to use them, that’s all. To get ideas and inspiration for small spaces or spaces that are not ideal for what you want to do with them, use magazines and sites like Pinterest. Believe it or not, there are some incredible ways that you can make the most of smaller spaces; it’s just a case of being creative, that’s all. A small bathroom might not be able to become a spa-style space, but it could become a cocoon-style bathroom that’s wonderfully cosy and welcoming. Work with what you have got, and you will be under less stress.

Set a budget

If you want to ensure that all stress is minimised, it’s important to come up with a budget for your project. Not knowing how much you have to spend is naturally going to cause all kinds of stress and worry, which is why it is important to set a budget from the get-go and ensure that it is a budget that it will be possible to stick to. It’s always worth adding an extra 10 percent over what you think you will need onto your budget, to ensure that there is enough money to cover any unexpected expenses. Visit local home showrooms to get an idea for what your budget can buy – if you are on a super tight budget, going completely DIY and making use of old materials could be the answer to keeping costs low.

Use good contractors

One of the most stressful parts of decorating your home is the concern of having strangers coming in and out of your home. To minimise the stress that this causes, it is important to find good contractors who you trust and can rely on. Whether you require the help of a plumber, painters or electricians, it’s important to take the time to shop around to find the most reliable and most affordable contractors there are available. Have you had friends recently upgrade their homes? If so, ask them which contractors they used and how reliable they were. Did they show up on time? Did they work hard? Were they polite and friendly? Was the work completed on time? These are all questions that it is important to ask, to ensure that you are hiring contractors that will make your project easier, and not more stressful.

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Understand that it will take time

Don’t presume that your home’s renovation work will be completed quickly because it’s important to realise that this kind of work can take time. Sometimes there are delays with stock; it can take weeks or even months for certain items to arrive. Hopefully, that isn’t the case, but just in case it is, it is worth being aware. Other times you order something, such as charcoal slate flooring, only for it to arrive in dark green. Or the granite for your kitchen counters will be out of stock when you go to order it. The fact is that sometimes things can take time to get organised, which is why it’s important to set aside plenty of time for your home’s renovation, as that way, you won’t feel under too much stress to complete all of the work within a set time period.

Don’t stress over the small stuff

It’s easy to sweat it over every last thing that goes wrong, but if you want to minimise the stress that you are under, doing so is not a good idea. That’s why it is important to understand that when it comes to home renovations, things to go wrong, and when they do it is not the end of the world. Sure, it is not ideal when your flooring slates arrive cracked, or your contractors drop cement on your cream carpet, but it is important not to get overly stressed out over things that you cannot change. Instead, try to focus on the positives of the situation, and find a resolution for the problem – whatever it may be – as quickly as possible.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about reducing the stress that comes with redecorating your home.

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