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The Most Important Thing You Can Do In The New Year To Lose Weight, Get Sharper And Live Longer

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big-belliesEveryone wants to start 2014 off on the right foot. But, as many of us know all too well, the best New Year’s intentions to get fit, lose weight, eat more nutritiously, stress less and save more money can easily fall to the wayside. (And often do, considering only about 8 percent of people successfully achieve their resolutions, according to University of Scranton Research, Forbes reported.)

However, it could be that the reason all your other resolutions are failing — and the reason you’re having trouble making sound food choices or keeping weight off to begin with — is you’re ignoring a simple yet powerful component of total health: sleep.

“Improving sleep during the nighttime can really be very effective in improving quality of life in the daytime,” says Dr. Alon Avidan, M.D., MPH, a professor of neurology and the director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center.

It shouldn’t take a fatal accident to remind us of the importance of sleep, although the derailment of the Metro North train in New York City last month did serve as a reminder of the dangers of drowsy driving.

There is a false sense of belief among patients that they can get by on four or five hours of sleep.

And not only while operating a train or a plane or a car. Daily life is increasingly hazardous with insufficient shut-eye, just in different, but still significant, ways.

Sleep, Hunger & Weight Gain
Too little sleep has a well-documented relationship with weight gain and obesity, but the pathway by which a lack of shut-eye impacts the waistline is not yet totally understood. However, a number of studies shed light on various aspects of this complicated relationship.

It may be that people who skimp on sleep simply have more opportunity to eat. Short sleepers who stay up late seem to be more likely to consume late-night snacks and more calories in general. Fatigue also seems to cloud the mind in a way that makes it more difficult to select nutritious food options and easier to fill grocery carts with high-calorie, impulse buys. And on top of it all, not getting enough sleep seems to trigger hunger, likely due to an imbalance of the hormones that control those pangs. In a small 2012 study, researchers found that short sleep increased levels of ghrelin, which triggers hunger, in men, and lowered levels of an appetite-suppressing hormone called GLP-1 in women, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Sleep & Memory
During the rapid eye movement or REM stage of sleep the brain continues to be active, as if it were awake. That’s why this phase is so commonly the one associated with the learning and memory functions of sleep. Part of the restorative nature of sleep may transport memories from short-term to long-term storage, according to a 2013 study. The brain degeneration associated with skimping on sleep makes some of this impossible.

Sleep & Longevity
Skimping on sleep increases your risk not only for potentially life-threatening health crises like stroke, heart attack and cancer, it also ups your chances of dying younger from any cause. People who regularly got less than six hours of sleep a night were 12 percent more likely to die over a 25-year period than people who slept between six and eight hours a night, according to a study published in the journal SLEEP, the BBC reported.

So What Can You Do?
It’s as good a time as ever to commit to more — or simply better — sleep. There are even things you can do tonight, says Avidan, like reserving the bedroom for sleep and sex only or avoiding caffeine later in the day. “Television is my number one enemy as a sleep physician,” he says, especially if that boob tube is in the bedroom, since it emits disruptive artificial light.

Try making a sleep resolution this year, like pledging to leave your phone outside the bedroom or to finally talk to your doc about your snoring. Or maybe this is the year you stop saying things like, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead!” and start prioritizing your shut-eye just like you do your gym time.

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  1. Ehi-Okosodo Macdonald Prince

    January 4, 2014 at 7:37 am

    @ Prophet T.B. Joshua…it’s my fervent prayers that this shocking but destiny-fulfilling prophecy come to pass as prophesied especially the aspect pertaining to the high-voltage corruption in Nigeria!
    More anointing to your lips and spirit uncle T.B.Joshua.

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Mike Edwards’ Wife, Perri Shares Lovely Family Photo On Instagram

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Mike Edwards, his wife and son

Retired British track and field athlete, Perri Edwards has shared a lovely picture of her family with her 410,000 followers on Instagram.

Information Nigeria recalls that Perri had welcomed her first child, a baby boy with her reality TV Star husband, Mike Edwards on August 26.

In the new picture made available on social media, the now family of three were all smiles as they cuddled on the couch at home while wearing matching sweatshirts.

Perri captioned the photo with the words;

“I’m blessed to wake up another day with my lil family.

“Sweatshirt/baby grow @sizu_minds who has a great message ‘you are stronger than you think’.

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‘Life Is A Journey, Not A Competition’ – Crossdresser Jay Boogie Throws Shade At Bobrisky

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Upcoming crossdresser, Jay Boogie took his Instagram page on Thursday to post a couple of bikini photos and he threw a subtle shade at Bobrisky.

Information Nigeria had earlier reported that Bobrisky issued a note of warning to wannabes trying to steal his throne as the top crossdresser in the country.

Jay Boogie has said that he had no intention to be a threat to anyone’s path.

The crossdresser also stated that life is a journey and not a competition.

In his words;

“A Queen is a woman who carries herself in a enviable charisma, a woman who’s endowed with a willingness to ignore fools, a Queen would never go around feeling and showing her reign is threatened, too lame such an act for a queen, cause she knows her place, I mean a Queen wears a crown not a tiara!. I had no intention to be a threat to anyone’s path, and I was never born to scare any shaft who feels her stove throne is about to be snatched into obvious damnation, give it time, You might be a queen in your kingdom, but don’t forget we’re all queens in our different castles. Life is a journey sweetheart not a competition and two wrongs don’t make a right, take your parents for example just like you, it’s a case of Enjoy it while it last and with that I bid you goodluck, impress me more with the foolery. Arrogance and stupidity all in one package, how efficient of you”

Read Also: Still Leading As Number ONE In Africa, You Can’t Take My Throne -Bobrisky Slams Upcoming Cross-dressers

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“Start Saving Your Money Now”- Kiddwaya Advises Celebrity Friends

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Kiddwaya replies fan who asked him if he has “paid the debt” he incurred

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Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Kiddwaya has offered an important advice to his friends, who also happen to be celebrities.

Taking to this Twitter account, the reality TV star and billionaire son advised his ‘celebrity friends’ to start saving their money because things are now costly.

In his words;

“Advice to all my celebrity friends. Start saving your money now. Don’t let this industry lifestyle deceive you. Basket of tatashe going up.”

Information Nigeria recalls the reality TV star recently showed off his new look. Kiddwaya now rocks a freshly colored hairdo.

Read Also: BBNaija Star, Kiddwaya Shows Off His New Look (Photos)

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