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Hi there!


It was one of these dreadful mornings, when she
woke up but wished she could go back to sleep again.
She was feeling so sluggish and groggy, that it was
absolutely impossible for her to focus, and go through
her morning routines.

I feel so weary and drowsy;   I’m still asleep, and 
I have to get up and deal with my daily tasks and jobs.
But I can hardly move she thought feeling worried.

Her mental alertness was down to zero, and she did
need to be more awake.
This horrible sensation was really familiar to her;
because she has been experiencing this terrible situation
most mornings.

As a consequence, she was awfully irritated, as she was
unable to do even the simplest of things.

She wasn’t ready to start her day, yet;
all she wanted was rest …… and more rest ……


Cloudy Sky


Sleep Inertia


According to scientific research, most people feel
dizzy as if drunk, and disoriented when they
wake up from sleep in the morning.
This is considered a normal part of life, and a
reasonable behaviour.

Due to our modern life, most individuals have 
mornings when they wake up with their mind out
of focus, and they wish they could go back to sleep.

It seems that when we wake up some parts of our 
brain will awake with us, but some others will still
be inactive, and will need more time to recover.

It takes everyone a little while to revive and start
functioning properly.
The time varies between one ( 1 ) minute and 
four ( 4 ) hours.
For many people it takes thirty ( 30 ) minutes, but
for some others it can take all morning.

Contributing Factors

The root causes of experiencing this, Not Fully Awake

situation, after a normal night’s sleep are the following:

a)     Sudden awakening by a loud noise during the 
        wrong stage of sleep.

b)     Lack of sleep in general that will cause tiredness.

c)     The duration and quality of your sleep.

d)     Taking an afternoon nap.

e)     Eating a rich meal the night before.

f)     General Sleepiness Disorder, Sleep Apnea or Insomnia. 


Choppy Sea


Double Trouble


Morning grogginess has a number of unpleasant and 
dangerous effects, as follows:

1)     Excessive stress during waking up.
2)     Incapability to make correct decisions.
3)     Loss of concentration and focus.
4)     Inability to perform simple daily tasks.
5)     Ineffectiveness during the morning hours.
6)     Difficulty in driving and handling machinery.
7)     Lack of memory and recollection.
8)     Inability to perform properly at work.
9)     Concentration of high adrenaline levels.

Cure – All

Here are some simple ways to combat your symptoms:

a)     Avoid naps during the day completely.

b)     Have a light dinner during the evening, and avoid
drinking any alcohol altogether.

c)     Go to bed more or less at the same time every night,
including weekends.

d)     Get enough sleep by making certain you go to bed
only when you feel sleepy, and ensure you wake up next
morning naturally, with no alarm clock.

e)     As soon as you wake up ( similar time every morning ) :
    Think of something you look forward to.
    Switch on the radio to your favourite music.
    Open the windows to get the natural light. 

f)     Have a drink first thing in the morning to hydrate,
like a glass of water and a teaspoon of honey or a
cup of peppermint tea.

g)     Eat a healthy and wholesome breakfast.

h)     Go outdoors, be a little active and enjoy the sun
and the natural light.


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Worn – Out Syndrome


The human body likes cyclical routines.
So if you develop specific evening and morning
healthy habits, your body will know what to expect
it will react accordingly.

The fallacy

A huge number of people drink a lot of caffeine

every morning, wrongly believing that it helps them
wake up and feel active.

But this is the mistaken approach, which in fact has 
long term negative health consequences; 
because caffeine has only a superficial result,
since it increases the heart rate and raises the
blood pressure.

Caffeine does not address the root of the problem;
actually, this is what it does:

There is a neurochemical in your brain that promotes
sleep, called Adenosine.
This substance continues to increase during the day, 
and by the night your brain has enough of it to make
you feel tired and sleepy.

Caffeine now imitates Adenosine, and establishes itself
into the same receptors in your brain, keeping you
awake and active continuously.

At the same time, Adenosine can not do its normal job;
so your brain starts fighting back by producing more
and more Adenosine.

As a result, you will be feeling incerasingly tired every
morning, and you will be needing more and more
caffeine every day to get the same results, feeling awake.

That is, a Vicious Circle.

The only solution is to remove caffeine from your diet
completely , so that your body can start working as
normal, the way it was originally intended.





Sleeping with the Enemy!



Hi there!


A natural brunette turned blonde with a modern
short cut
showing off her bare square shoulders. 

Although in middle age now, she had an excellent
figure, which
was perfectly displayed by her strapped
fitted dress.

“I like strong men with a sensitive side” she said,
his hand tightly.
“We are a good fit, the two of us” he responded,
squeezing hers.

We put a lot of effort to erase years and look younger,
but if we are not careful we will make mistakes
which will
have the exact opposite effect.


The Culprits


A)  Clothes:

1)  Wearing very loose clothes makes any woman look 
older and fatter.
No matter what your weight is always wear well fitted clothes.

2)   Wearing pale and dull colours will make you look 
more pale and older.
Try to wear vivid colours to accentuate your strong points.

3)   Our bodies change as we age, so wearing the same bras as 
always makes our body look old.
The correct size bras will improve our posture and our 
clothes will hang better.




B)  Habits:

 1)  Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and diuretic – and 
 this is showing on our skin.
 Stay well hydrated by drinking many glasses of healthy 
 liquids like:  herbal teas, coconut water and mineral 
 water during the day.

2)  As we age our body tissues loosen, so over exercising 
like:  lifting heavy weights
or running distorts our skin tone.
Exercise moderately using the whole body.




C)  Hair:

1)   As we get older our face skin becomes sallow, so dyeing our 
hair blonde makes us look much older than we are.
Use a light red/brown or a dark blonde hair colour to 
brighten your face, and if you like add some highlights for an 
even fresher and youthful look.

2)   Our hair needs more moisture as our face.
Use richer products for your colour treated hair to keep 
it soft and shiny.



D)  Face:

 1)   Avoid heavy exfoliators on your face because they 
will make it fragile and aged.  
Instead use some gentle facial scrub to freshen your skin.

2)   Use only light make up and concealer to cover under 
eye black circles, otherwise your wrinkles will show 
more and you will look old.









Hi there!


Our eternal dream is to look younger, feel fresher
and have a smooth soft skin.
Women spend billions a year on face creams in the
hope that their skin will look more youthful.

There are two kinds of skin ageing:


A)   Hereditary Ageing


This is the natural biological ageing of our skin as well
as the rest of our body, as the years pass.
This type of ageing is becoming apparent with thinness,
paleness, sagging and wrinkling of the skin.
It is our genetic inheritance, and it becomes more obvious
after the age of 60.


B)   External Ageing


This type of ageing depends on our lifestyle habits, and is
becoming apparent with dry skin, wrinkles, veins, sun-spots
and sagging.
It is the result of our bad eating habits, unhealthy living
habits, stress, pollution and UV light.



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Big Business


As far as the hereditary ageing is concerned, we have
little control over it except for acquiring a healthy
life style to assist the natural process.

It will progress as we are genetically predisposed,
and if we are lucky we will keep on looking so good
as our parents did in our age.

As far as the external ageing is concerned, we can
take the necessary steps to minimise the harmful
effects and slow down the ageing process.




Clever Games


A)   Alcohol:


Alcohol dehydrates the skin, affects the blood circulation
negatively and depletes the body of vital vitamins
and minerals.
Either eliminate alcohol completely or drink only
one glass of  good red wine when you feel.


B)   Pollution:


We are surrounded by chemicals inside our homes
and outside.
We touch, handle, breath and eat various substances
which cause free radicals to develop in our bodies.
Try to avoid any toxic materials you come in to contact
as well as eating healthy foods to avoid harmful oxidation.


C)   Smoking:


Smoking is not only a very dirty habit but also a very
damaging one to our overall health. 
It also harms our skin and accelerates ageing.
There is only one solution.
Cut it completely out from your life forever.


D)   Sun:


Sun’s UV rays are extremely damaging to our skin. 
It creates free radicals and accelerates the skin’s
ageing process.
Control your sun exposure and wear sun protection
creams and sunglasses protect yourself.


E)    Caffeine and Tannin:


Prolonged use of caffeinated drinks and foods has
many negative effects.
They cause dehydration, worsen acne prone skin and
assist in the creation of liver spots.
Reduce your consumption of these foods in your diet.


F)   Sleep:


Our bodies need sleep to function properly.
Lack of sleep creates dark circles underneath our eyes,
creates lines and wrinkles, it encourages puffiness.
Try to sleep at least six hours every night
to improve your skin texture and glow.




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Hi there!


I don’t like television much, but I watch detective
films and romantic comedies.
I need glasses when I read but I don’t wear sight
glasses at any other time.
Certainly I wear sunglasses when I go out.

For our eyes to be healthy, they need exercise,
proper diet and rest.
The skin around the eyes is very delicate and prone to lines;
so it needs daily moisturisation to keep soft and wrinkle-free.

Many people have either puffy eyes or dark circles beneath.
For some individuals these problems may be genetic.
But as we grow older our skin weakens, and loses
elasticity and fat, so puffiness and circles become noticeable.




The Solutions 


Under-Eye Circles:

1)    Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

They both cause dehydration in the body, so any
dark circles we have beneath our eyes become
much more obvious.

2)    Use Concealer

A good quality concealer will disguise the dark circles; 
but it has to be one shade lighter than our skin for best results.

3)    Sleep

During sleeping the body repairs itself. 
Get a minimum of six hours of sleep to minimise any
dark circles beneath the eyes.


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Eye Puffiness:


1)   Drink

Consume healthy drinks during the day  to stay hydrated.
This will keep skin firm and also help puffy eyes.

2)   Reduce Salt

Too much salt causes water retention in the body,
which causes puffy skin.
Reduce your salt intake by eliminating processed
foods from your diet.

3)   Use Compresses

Put cool tea bags over each eye and lie down for
15 minutes to relax.


Diet for Healthy Eyes 


a)   Eat fatty fish for the Omega 3 oils.

b)   Eat dark green leafy vegetables for their carotenoid content.

c)   Eat eggs, onions and garlic for their sulphur compounds.

d)   Eat fruits for their multi-vitamin content.

e)   Eat sweet potatoes and carrots for Vitamin A.

f)   Eat protein foods for Vitamin B complex.