News & Analysis by Alison Francis 27th July 2018 Share This Twitter Facebook Google+ Email Your body temperature is connected to the overall quality of your sleep. And so, during a heatwave, our sleep patterns can be hugely affected. The ideal temperature for your bedroom is about 17-22C. Not ideal when the outside temperatures here in the UK are rising up to as much as 37C! Melatonin is a sleep inducing hormone that our bodies release. There are two important factors involved in the release of melatonin. One is the reduction in your body temperature and the other is the reduction of light. You need darkness and a cool comfortable body in order to sleep well. When the core temperature is too high, the body releases it through the skin. Sweat is produced, which evaporates to help lower the temperature. When you are cold, the blood vessels constrict to conserve heat and the blood becomes more concentrated in the internal organs away from the limbs. … [Read more...] about How to get a good night’s sleep during a heatwave
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Parties are supposed to be fun, right? So why these days does getting a party invitation feel like a drag? Before we even know where to RSVP we’ve thought of our excuse, having checked that we haven’t used it recently or that it hasn’t been a family member’s “birthday“ already this year! By this point, you’re probably thinking I’m saying this because I’m old, bitter and just don’t know how to have a good time. I’m past it. A has-been. It’s true that I could blame the decline of parties on millennials. After all, they are changing the workplace, the way we shop and the way we get married, so why wouldn’t they change the way we party, too? But I’m not trying to pin it all on the younger generation. That would be absurd. And it’s not just because I’m getting older, either. It’s indicative of our times that going to a party is simply not fun any longer. A big problem with modern parties is … [Read more...] about I Think Modern Parties Suck. Here’s Why
What can soothe a nasty hacking cough if it' won't clear up? Thousands of us each winter suffer from nasty cough viruses. Hospital admissions soar and surgeries report seeing a larger number of patients - and many times its a cough that cannot be treated with antibiotics. And for some it can turn into a more serious lung infection, reports Devon Live. All of which makes the revelation that over-the-counter cough medicines are virtually useless far from welcome. Researchers from the American Chemical Society claim cough syrups work little better than a placebo, while other popular remedies such as echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are not likely to help either. At best cough suppressants can leave you drowsy and give you a better night's sleep, claim the scientists. But their report concluded there's little or no evidence that the heavily marketed active ingredients – including the DXM (dextromethorphan) often found in 'night time' formulations – do anything to ease the cough. … [Read more...] about How to get rid of a cough virus that just won’t clear up
Produced by Judy Rybak and Josh Gaynor "This was an enormously high-profile case," says Bill Rankin, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a "48 Hours" consultant. "They were a big-time power couple." On Sept. 25, 2016, Tex and Diane McIver were heading home after a long day of golfing and an evening of drinking. A friend who did not drink was at the wheel of Tex's SUV. Diane was in the front passenger seat and Tex was right behind her. He says he was fast asleep. Not far from home, they hit traffic and exited the highway. Tex says he woke up afraid that they were in a bad neighborhood. He asked his wife to hand him the .38 caliber handgun gun he kept in the car's console. Minutes later, with that loaded gun now in his lap, Tex says he fell back asleep. "And it went off," he later told police. Tex McIver shot his wife of 11 years in the back. She died during surgery. "Can a .38 Special just accidentally go off?" '48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher asked … [Read more...] about Atlanta attorney fatally shoots wife in SUV: Accident or cold-blooded murder?
IT'S that time of year again - it's finally warming up and with it comes a pollen explosion - causing misery for hay fever sufferers. And temperatures reach 25C a "pollen bomb" is plaguing the country, especially the south west. But it's not just the pollen count that causes that telltale runny nose and itchy eyes, pollution, or "pollenution" does the same thing. So at this time of year when the warmer weather causes a high pollen and pollution count, you if you live in a city you've got double the problems. TV weather presenter and meteorologist Clare Nasir, who is part of a Boots campaign, told The Sun Online: "Some 89 per cent of people don't realise that their hay fever symptoms can actually be worse in the city than they are in the countryside. "And the reason why that is is even when pollen counts are low in the city, if there is a day where pollution levels are high, your hay fever symptoms will feel like it's a high pollen day. "It's confusing, but once you realise you can … [Read more...] about Eat pineapple and always shower at night – 7 simple tips to beat the misery of hay fever