WHETHER it’s kids, a big weekend or just your brain thinking 3am is a good time to run through your to-do list, chances are you’re pretty tired. According to neuroscientist Matthew Walker, two-thirds of adults in developed nations don’t get the recommended eight hours’ sleep a night, while a study by Aviva found that 38% of Brits feel they don’t get the right amount of shut-eye. And the damage is far worse than anything coffee or concealer can fix. “Insufficient sleep demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer,” says Matthew. Even moderate sleep reduction for a week disrupts blood sugar levels so profoundly you’d be classified as pre-diabetic, and a lack of ZZZs increases your risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and heart failure. It also contributes to psychiatric conditions including depression and anxiety, while studies have found lack of sleep can jeopardise relationships* and that “beauty … [Read more...] about From moon milk to bedtime alarms, here’s how to get your best sleep ever
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India is set to deploy its first all-female elite Swat team, trained in explosives, urban warfare and deadly martial arts, to protect the country's prime minister. The new counter-terrorism unit is made up of 36 commandos, who have completed 15 months of exhaustive training by experts from around the world in weapons, counter-terrorist measures and Krav Maga - the deadly martial art pioneered by Israeli special forces. They are expected to play a major role in the security detail for the prime minister's address on Independence Day, after being inducted by Delhi Police. Presiding over the induction ceremony, India’s Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, said he was happy to see Delhi Police promoting women to its ranks of elite squads and said they would help guard Narendra Modi when he makes his speech from the Red Fort on Wednesday. Amulya Patnaik, the Delhi Police Commissioner, said the women had been rated better than their male counterparts by trainers. “These women are … [Read more...] about New all-female Swat team to protect Indian prime minister after intensive training in martial arts
One of the very worst things about this year’s long, hot summer is trying to get to sleep when your bedroom feels like the Sahara Desert.Even if you open the window, sleep on top of the sheets and forgo the pyjamas, it’s often so hot that within minutes you’re drenched in sweat and wondering if you’re going to get any shut-eye before work.Unsurprisingly then, the heatwave has boosted the sales of electronic fans, with many looking for a quick solution to get some rest during the week.But some health experts argue that these gadgets can do more harm than good if left on overnight.“Sometimes, sleeping with a fan on in the bedroom can encourage dryness in the skin, throat and eyes, as well as circulate dust and pollen, causing allergies,” says Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, Medical Director of The London Sleep Centre.Asthma UK says that the droppings of house dust mites are one of the most common allergy triggers in the UK. These tiny creatures are too small … [Read more...] about Is sleeping with a fan on during the heatwave actually bad for you?
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have returned to pre-season training ahead of Liverpool's tour to the US. The pair were given three weeks off after Egypt and Senegal exited the World Cup at the group stage. Liverpool have played three pre-season friendlies in their absence and the squad fly out to the States on Friday ahead of matches against Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United. Salah, Mane and Serbia's Marco Grujic checked in to their Melwood base to undergo physical testing withe club's fitness staff. They performed a range of different exercises as the trio got back to work ahead of the new campaign. Salah made the most of his time off as he posted photos of himself on a jet ski and paddle board during a beach break. However, the Reds hotshot will be hoping to replicate last seasons's fine form that saw him smash 44 goals in just 52 games in all competitions during his debut year on Merseyside. Meanwhile, Liverpool have been warned that Cardiff City won't wait … [Read more...] about Mo Salah and Sadio Mane return to training ahead of Liverpool’s US tour
MOTORISTS could be able to "watch a movie or sleep" behind the wheel from 2021, according to a Volvo executive. The Swedish manufacturer has claimed their driverless technology will be ready for drivers to perform other tasks while on the road within the next three years. Henrik Green, Volvo's Senior Vice President of Research and Development, told Jalopnik the company's driverless system would allow motorists “to eat, sleep, work, watch a movie, relax or do whatever". The system would allegedly be available for the marquee's next generation of XC90 SUVs, and would operate on Level 4 autonomy - meaning no driver intervention is required. But the system wouldn't work on just any road. According to Green, Volvo's technology would only apply to major motorways, using mapping and laser technology to navigate the high-speed roads. The levels of autonomous drivingLevel 1: The first level of autonomy means the driver remains in control of the car the entire time. Steering and … [Read more...] about Motorists could ‘watch films and sleep’ behind the wheel in driverless cars by 2021, Volvo claims