Viet Nam News When counting sheep no longer works, there are other options to getting a good night's sleep, says Dr. Catherine Gonzalez* of Family Medical Practice Hanoi. "The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to," said F. Scott Fitzgerald. There are a number of simple things that anyone can do to help get a good night's sleep. The first is to find out what you are actually doing when going to bed. Keeping a sleep diary can be very helpful in clarifying any patterns and habits that may be disrupting your sleeping. Consider questions such as: ¨ What time do I go to bed and get up? Is it the same every day? ¨ Do I wake up during the night and why? ¨ What habits do I have around bedtime? ¨ What helps me go to sleep? ¨ What stops me going to sleep? ¨ Do I sleep during the day? The answers to some of these questions may be useful in thinking about how to establish good sleep patterns. You've heard of food and water hygiene, but did you know there is also such … [Read more...] about To your health: Have you heard of sleep hygiene?
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Savoring the feeling of belonging at The Homes Hieu Thao By Hieu Thao - The Saigon Times Daily While modern-style coffee shops and take-away services are springing up like mushroom after the rain in HCMC, The Homes’ owners start their business with the concept of simplicity, upholding traditional features. Located at 23 Nguyen An Ninh Street, a quiet street near Ba Chieu Market in Binh Thanh District, The Homes Coffee and Folk Drinks is an old-fashioned two-compartment house where customers can sip healthy beverages in a relaxed ambience. The structure of the old house remains untouched because the owners of the coffee shop want to utilize the natural airflows coming in and out through an open skylight in the middle of the house. Furthermore, the design of this building respects traditional features in the way people of the old days built their houses. Traditionally, common characteristics such as the tiled roof, a skylight, whitewash brick walls, wooden windows and furniture … [Read more...] about Savoring the feeling of belonging at The Homes
Melatonin, a hormone involved in the regulation of the sleep/wake cycle, may help night shift workers get more rest during daylight hours, according to the findings of a small study published in the journal Sleep. Melatonin, which is released by the brain primarily during the hours of sleep, is also available as an oral supplement. "If for reasons of being a shift worker or due to travel across time zones you have to sleep at a strange hour, this is precisely when taking melatonin will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer," lead investigator Dr James K. Wyatt, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, told Reuters Health. … [Read more...] about Melatonin supplements may promote daytime sleep
Those numbers are far too large for gadget-makers to ignore. As a result, a growing number of devices purport to track, coach and improve sleep performance, taking advantage of the computing power of mobile phones and personal computers. I've been trying out three of them: the Zeo Sleep Manager Mobile and Lark, both of which cost $99; and the $149 SleepTracker Elite. All use sensors that you wear to bed to measure how long and how well you sleep. They also feature silent alarms that wake you by vibrating, so you won't disturb someone else. The most elaborate is the Zeo, which measures brain waves and eye-muscle movements to calculate how much time you spend in deep, rapid-eye and light sleep cycles, as well as how often and for how long you're awake in the night. The data is transmitted wirelessly to a free Zeo app on your iPhone or Android phone. Romantic restriction You wear the Zeo device positioned over the middle of your forehead and held in place by an elastic headband, which … [Read more...] about No sex, please, we’re tracking sleep cycles
Vietnam is regarded by the international community as one of the developing countries which have made outstanding achievements in economic reform targeting growth and poverty reduction. During the past ten years, Vietnam's economy has been growing fast yet steadly. The average GDP growth rate per annum reached 7.2 percent during the period 2001-2010. The average GDP per capita in 2010 is expected to reach 1200 USD, three times what it was in 2000. As a result, Vietnam is now moving from being one of the poorest countries to lower middle income status. … [Read more...] about VietNam 2/3 of the way achieving the millenium development goals