Saturday, February 28, 2015

Successful Tests Flights for Solar Impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi



Abu Dhabi.26th February, 2015 (WAM): Solar Impulse 2, the solar aircraft of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, soared across the skies of Abu Dhabi during its first test flights in the emirate on Thursday.

With Piccard and Borschberg taking turns in the cockpit, the revolutionary single-seater sustainable aircraft will attempt the solar-powered flight around the world beginning this March from Abu Dhabi. Si2, the first airplane able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel, has successfully completed its maiden flight in the capital.

For 4 hours, professional test pilot Markus Scherdel tested the aircraft’s performance in the skies in the early morning. Following the initial test flight, Solar Impulse co-founder, CEO, and pilot Andre Borschberg, took to the skies of Abu Dhabi with Si2 for a full day test flight. They soared above Abu Dhabi landmarks including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Corniche and Eastern Mangroves .The initial results are in line with calculations and simulations. For pilots Piccard and Borschberg, and their team of engineers, the purpose of these first test flights in Abu Dhabi were to test the aircraft’s performance and viability in a new environment with varied weather conditions. These flights were Si2’S first flights following the plane’s disassembly in Switzerland and reassembly in the emirate. There are several additional test flights scheduled for the coming week in order for the team and the aircraft to prepare to circumnavigate the world.

Commenting on the test flights, Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability for Masdar, said, “Today, Solar Impulse 2’s first test flights in Abu Dhabi mark a major milestone in the plane’s preparation for its historic attempt to fly around the world. Masdar and the emirate share Solar Impulse’s commitment to reinforcing the importance of innovation in achieving sustainable development. We are proud to host Solar Impulse as the team diligently prepares for their innovative endeavor that underscores the viable application of solar energy and clean technology,” said Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany.

“These first test flights in Abu Dhabi are an important stage – a step closer towards the impending round-the-world solar flight attempt. Moreover, these flights are an emotional step for the entire team that has worked diligently over the past 3 weeks to reassemble the aircraft. I am elated to report that the plane’s performance is on par with our initial simulations. Si2 incorporates innovative technology to render the aircraft more efficient, reliable, sustainable and in particular, better adapted to long-haul flights. It is the first of its kind, an aircraft with perpetual endurance and now, we must ensure the sustainability of the pilot in-flight,” remarked Andr? Borschberg, Solar Impulse Co-founder, CEO and pilot.

Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse initiator, chairman, and pilot added; “Today, suspense filled the air! The results indicate that our team of engineers can be very proud of their successful reassembly of the aircraft and their efforts since the vision’s inception 12 years ago. We’re one step closer to our round-the-world attempt and one step closer to inspiring people across the world to be pioneers in their own lives.”

Source : http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395277184141.html

Reducing consumer food waste could save $300 billion yearly by 2030 - TRFN

Reducing consumer food waste could save $300 billion yearly by 2030 - TRFN

By Chris Arsenault

ROME, Feb 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Reducing consumer food waste could save the global economy up to $300 billion annually by 2030 as one third of all food produced worldwide ends up being discarded, a research group said on Thursday.

Globally, the food wasted by consumers is worth $400 billion a year, and this could jump to $600 billion in the next decade, as the profligate middle class expands in developing countries, the group said.

Cutting the amount of food consumers discard by between 20 and 50 percent could save between $120 and $300 billion yearly by 2030, said the report for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an international group chaired by former Mexican President Felipe Caldero

Food waste in developing countries is due mainly to inadequate refrigeration equipment and poor transport links to markets and processing plants.

“Less food waste means greater efficiency, more productivity, and direct savings for consumers,” Helen Mountford, Global Programme Director for the New Climate Economy, a Global Commission project, said in a statement.


“It also means more food available to feed the estimated 805 million that go to bed hungry each day.”

The UK-based Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which produced the report for the Global Commission, is in a partnership with U.N. agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization to give consumers tools for preventing waste.

In the United Kingdom, a programme to improve efficiency – the Love Food Hate Waste campaign – helped households reduce food waste by 21 percent between 2007 and 2012, saving a total of 13 billion pounds ($20.1 billion), the WRAP report said.

In developing countries, about 25 percent of food waste could be eliminated with better refrigeration equipment, WRAP said.

Consumers are responsible for the majority of discarded food in developed countries, often as a result of buying too much at the grocery store or cooking too much, while most of the developing world’s waste happens before food reaches consumers.

Along with improving economic efficiency, reducing waste has big implications for the environment.

An estimated 7 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of 3.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, are due to wasted food, the report said.

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When You Start Doing These 9 Things, Your Life Will Improve Instantly



There are times where we can find ourselves in a rut, and in need of a change, or sometimes we feel like there is something missing in our lives. The need is there, it is realized, but sometimes we can never seem to get ourselves to really do it.
Starting is always the hardest part, but it doesn’t have to be that hard. When you start doing these 9 things, you will notice that your life will improve in an instant.

1. Get Enough Sleep

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This is the easiest, and yet this is often ignored. Getting enough sleep is important if you desire to live a happier and more fulfilling life. It doesn’t just give us time to recuperate from the previous day’s events or activities, it also allows us to rest. Getting enough rest is essential for us to get back on track and improve our lifestyle.
Getting plenty of sleep is not only amazing for your body but it will help keep your mind sharp and restore your will power reserves so you have the energy to consciously create the life you desire, day in and day out.

2. Take Time for Yourself

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As much as it is important to interact with people, it is also important to save some time for yourself. Too much social interaction can be overwhelming and depending on your personality can cause you to burn out.
Spending time by yourself allows you to listen to your own thoughts, to reflect and to rest without other people trying to get in your way. Turn your phone off for a little while, or lock the bathroom door and sit in the bathtub to relax. Having alone time is essential in order to improve the quality of your life

3. Take Up An Interesting Hobby

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Whether it is rock climbing, gardening, reading, making pottery, writing, photography or playing board games, having a hobby is important in improving the quality of your life. It boosts your creativity and it is a way to relax after a stressful day or week at work.
Hobbies allow you to enjoy what you’re doing, it keeps your mind stimulated and it will keep you happy. Sharing your hobbies with the people around you is another way to increase the enjoyment level and help you live a happier life.

4. Learn From Your Failures

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No influential or successful person in the world has not failed before. Your role models are where they are today because of having failed every now and then. It may be embarrassing, but you will probably learn more from your failures than from your successes. How else would be be able to improve if we haven’t failed before?
As important as it is to succeed, it is also important to fail. These two go hand in hand. From your failure, you will know what to do in order to succeed. So if you try your best and don’t succeed, try and try again. Repeat that to yourself whenever you feel like giving up.

5. Clean Up

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There are people that become more productive in a messy environment, but if you want to improve your quality of life, start cleaning and organizing. You will most likely feel a lot better after cleaning up your workspace or even your entire house. It will keep you busy and at the same time help you relax and motivate you to do more in your life. Don’t you feel fulfilled when you see your shelves and floors all squeaky clean?

6. Live Life Your Way

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Although it may be difficult at times, it is extremely important to be true to yourself and live life the way you desire. You don’t have to fit in to someone else’s standards, you don’t have to fit in with society’s standards either. What is acceptable to you is more than enough.
If you want to get a haircut that isn’t like the others? Go for it. Do you feel like wearing something snazzy on a regular day? Go for it. You weren’t born to fit in with everyone else, you were born to stand out and be your own person. Once you’ve accepted this, you will be happier.

7. Learn Something New

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Whether it be a new language, skill, or a sport. Learning new things is very important for growth. It keeps our minds active and stimulated. Try and make time to learn more, and to practice more as well, in an effort to get better. You will be surprised how useful these random skills will become when you least expect it.

8. Be Kind to Others

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The world can be a cruel place, we can all agree on that, and sometimes it may seem to be a rare occurrence to meet a genuinely kind person. If you think that there are hardly any nice people where you are, go ahead and be that person. Be that person that will happily hold doors open for other people, encourage someone whenever they’re having a hard time, help old people cross the street, go and volunteer to causes you support, anything. Being kind to others will leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied with life.

9. Be Kind to Yourself

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This is probably the hardest thing to do because we tend to beat ourselves up whenever we do something wrong, like in #4. Stop telling yourself you can’t, and start telling yourself you can. If you think you can’t do it, tell yourself otherwise. Shut out the voice that tells you that you can’t do it.
Take some time every morning to tell yourself that you are prepared to complete everything on your daily to do list. As well, don’t be afraid to tell yourself that you look nice. Compliment yourself every now and then, for everything you’ve accomplished. Because if you are kind to yourself, you will boost your self-esteem and you will be more confident in everything you do. Become your own motivation, because you are the only one who could pull yourself up. Be your own best friend.
Source: http://www.wizzed.com/when-you-start-doing-these-9-things-your-life-will-improve-instantly/

Friday, February 27, 2015

Oil's drop chills Asian stocks, inflation data boosts dollar

A woman in kimono walks past a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, in this January 4, 2010 file photo. World stocks were within touching distance of an all-time high on February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

A woman in kimono walks past a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, in this January 4, 2010 file photo. World stocks were within touching distance of an all-time high on February 25, 2015.

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(Reuters) – Asian shares were mostly lower on Friday as a sharp overnight pullback in crude oil prices dampened risk appetite, while the dollar was firm after upbeat U.S. data tilted expectations back toward an early interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.


Strong factory output data and a weaker yen pushed Tokyo’s Nikkei .N225 to a fresh 15-year high but the market was last flat as profit taking kicked in.


Elsewhere, South Korean shares fell after a seven-day rally and Malaysian and Thai stocks declined modestly, though markets in China and Australia gained.


MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was down 0.1 percent after advancing to a five-month high on Wednesday.


Spreadbetters forecast Britain’s FTSE .FTSE, France’s CAC .FCHI and Germany’s DAX .GDAXI, which hit a new record high overnight, to open slightly lower after recent rallies.


“Stimulus seems to be working a treat for some of the key markets around the world, including Japan and the Eurozone. Recent data out of Europe has also been showing some positive signs and this has really encouraged investors to drive equities higher,” Stan Shamu, market strategist at IG in Melbourne, said in a note.


The dollar inched down 0.2 percent to 119.14 yen JPY= after rising about 0.5 percent overnight from a low of 118.68. The dollar index hovered near a one-month high of 95.357.


Dollar bulls, disappointed earlier this week by perceived dovish signals from Fed Chair Janet Yellen, took heart again after data released on Thursday showed U.S. core inflation rose more than expected.


Robust U.S. durable goods orders also helped, with both sets of data driving Treasury yields higher and supporting the dollar.


Investors are now waiting on revised fourth quarter U.S. gross domestic product data due later on Friday for another health check of the world’s largest economy.


Economists polled by Reuters expected U.S. growth in the fourth quarter to be revised down to 2.1 percent from a preliminary 2.6 percent. ECONUS


“As growth in the upper range of 2 percent is the Fed’s prerequisite for an early and sustained rate hike, a figure just around or below 2 percent is likely to hurt expectations for a June hike and weigh on the dollar,” said Masafumi Yamamoto, market strategist at Praevidentia Strategy in Tokyo.


The euro was up 0.1 percent at $1.1212 EUR=, but still near the one-month low of $1.1184 plumbed overnight.


U.S. crude oil posted a rebound and was up 1.8 percent at $49.05 a barrel CLc1 after plunging 5.5 percent the previous day as rising U.S. inventories countered expectations for recovering demand. [O/R]

Despite the sharp overnight slide, U.S. crude was still on track for its first monthly rise in eight. North Sea supply outages and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe have recently supported prices.


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Oil's drop chills Asian stocks, inflation data boosts dollar

To loose you belly Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily

Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily
I know it can be hard to drink enough water each day, but you need to stay hydrated. Water hydrates you, flushes toxins out of your body and helps to reduce bloating. Make a habit of drinking 10-12 glasses of water each day so that you can get flat and sculpted abs without any abdominal equipment.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

15 Ways to Sleep Better, and Wake up Refreshed


We are all plagued with the modern man’s disease—insomnia.
From a combination of bad diet, lack of exercise, staring at electronic back-lit screens for hours, we have thrown our circadian rhythm clocks completely out of whack. In the last year I have been digging deep into the world of healthy habits, and have found a wealth of information from sources such as BulletProof and Fat-Burning Man. These alternative health advocates use cutting edge technology and science to help you hack your health.
And thankfully, in order to sleep well, it doesn’t really take all that much effort. Make these simple tweaks to your daily routine with these 15 ways to sleep better, so you wake up refreshed.

1. Cut back on sugary beverages.

Ah, the sugar problem. I could go on for days about how fructose corn syrups, low fat foods and soda have destroyed American health. But, in regards to sleeping better, cutting out the sugar will do wonders for your sleeping. If you consume more than 3 sodas a day (or say, 2 Starbucks Grande Lattes), try to cut that amount in half, and stop your sugar consumption after 5 p.m. This will allow for your body to detox and metabolize (or store) all those simple carbohydrates. An insulin spike right before bed is counterproductive to a good night’s rest.

2. Cut back on the caffeine.

Just as sugar amps up your insulin levels, caffeine can up your adrenaline. If you are a heavy coffee drinker you should also cut back on the Joe, and attempt to not drink any after 5 p.m.

3. Do morning cardio.

How does exercising in the morning contribute to sleeping better? For starters, you need to develop a solid morning routine, which directly effects your evening rituals. Early morning cardio gives you a reason to get out of bed, and keeps you from hitting that snooze button, which will help you to get to bed easier the next night. Aim for 30 mins, whether its a jog on the treadmill, a walk with the dog, or a Jazzercise routine.

4. Have some fruit.

A small amount of carbohydrates before bed time will help your body to produce melatonin. Reach for a handful of grapes, an orange, or any small amount of fresh fruit to help you into La-La Land.

5. Take a melatonin supplement.

If your internal clock needs a hard reset, starting with a melatonin supplement could work wonders. Take these supplements (there is varying advice on the dosage) an hour before you plan to fall asleep. This will give you time to unwind, get on your pjs and fall asleep before you know it.

6. Drink herbal tea.

No Sugar. No caffeine. Yes to herbal tea!
Herbals teas are a great way to unwind and relax at the end of the day. Peppermint and chamomile are some of my favorites. If you are new to tea, here is a lovely guide on how to get started.

7. Read more.

If diet and exercise contribute to sleep, so does a quiet mind. Take that cup of herbal tea and sit down with some light reading to relax your mind.

8. Start a journal.

For the supercharged and on the go person, reading at night seems impossible. Instead, I like to sit at my desk and make a list, or a short journal of all the things I accomplished that day, and then to make a small list of things I plan to do tomorrow. This allows me to worry less about remembering things, and to concentrate on unwinding.

9. Lift weights.

If cardio is a good morning routine, lifting weights in the evening is a perfect bedtime routine. After dinner, spend sometime weight training. If you don’t have a weight set, do some Crossfit style exercises or even just a few sets of sit up and push ups. Firing up your muscles burns that lingering sugar in your bloodstream, and will help you to nod off a little easier.

10. No electronics in bed, ever.

And another topic I could go on about forever about is how smartphone and tablets have destroyed sleeping habits. I set my phone for “night mode”, meaning at precisely 11pm my phone goes silent until 6am. This has staved off the workaholic and insomnia more than any other tip I have tried.

11.  Have more sex.

The bedroom should be a sacred place—this is where you (and possibly a partner) partake in intimate activities. Orgasms are a great stress reliever and (or even something as mundane as snuggling!) release the hormone oxytocin  and sertonin, both of which help you to feel relaxed and drowsy. Take complete advantage of your partner (or porn) and jump in the sack early.

12. Never hit the snooze.

Hitting the snooze button is a way to perpetuate a bad sleeping cycle. You go to bed late because you know you will be hitting the snooze button at least 5 times. Instead force yourself to get up on the first buzzer and you WILL be exhausted. This will eventually lead to you going to bed earlier.

13. Eat real butter for breakfast.

My boyfriend has struggled with insomnia for years. One of the best ways I have found to get him into a better sleeping pattern is that the last thing I say to him before I go to sleep, “I’m going to make you a big bacon and cheese omelet in the morning.” On those days, he is up and at ‘em before me! Not only is this a great motivator to go to bed, it is a great motivator to get out of bed. And the the dose of protein and fat helps to get your brain moving quicker than a carbohydrate dense breakfast. I opt for Bulletproof coffee.

14. Drink more water.

Logical, right? Not so much. As my first few points said, we Americans like to indulge in sugar and caffeine (I know far too many people that down a Mountain Dew before bed). If you aren’t a tea drinker, than get a tall glass of ice water, or better yet, infused water, and sip on it before you head to bed. This will  help your body to detox when you sleep, to rehydrate your system and to aid digestion.

15. Switch out your lights.

Even if you swear off the TV and tablet before bed, you still need to navigate around your bedroom and home. A great way to lessen your evening light exposure is to opt for red spectrum bulbs. These simulate (you guessed it!) an evening sunset and help to sync your internal clock for sun down.
Read Article at http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/15-ways-sleep-better-and-wake-refreshed.html

10 Simple Hacks To Fall Asleep In 30 Seconds, Backed By Science

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Yawn. It’s easier said than done trying to actually catch some Z’s, and there is an entire spectrum of people, all desperately trying to claim back the realm of sleep and their quality of sleep. We all want high quality of sleep, and yet so many of us find ourselves tossing and turning hours after we hit the pillow, unable to slip into the Land of Nod.
However, we all deserve to get the kind of sleep we deserve, and so we’ve rounded up some of our best and most useful sleep hacks to try and help you find it a little bit easier to curl up under the covers and nod off. So, without further ado, here are ten of our simple sleep hacks…

1. Read A Book Before Bed

One of the best and renowned sleep hacks is to turn down the lights, snuggle down, and have a quick read of a good bedside tome. It doesn’t have to be particularly highbrow reading, although reading something you find boring or stale might well induce your visit to the Land of Nod.Reading helps facilitate sleep by forcing you to remove yourself from electronic equipment – items designed to keep your mind visually stimulated – and into a relaxed activity. So, next time you’re struggling to get to sleep, try picking up one of those books on your bedside. It might just be the thing to help.
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2. Set A Formal Bedtime

Setting a formal bedtime – as in a time in which you force yourself to go to bed every evening – can be extremely beneficial in terms of helping you get to sleep post-haste. Not only can setting a formal bedtime help you physically, it has some strong psychological benefits. Setting a certain time for you to go to sleep helps your mind recognise that it is time for you to start unwinding and relaxing, much in the same way a child learns to sleep through the night. A regular bedtime also helps your brain adjust its levels of serotonin and melatonin, and helps balance your circadian rhythm out. In short, all good things, and essential sleep hacks that you should implement if you want to be asleep within seconds.

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3. Eat A Healthier Diet

We know everyone keeps extolling the virtues of a healthier diet, and believe us, we’re sick of it too. However, if you’ll hear us out, adjusting your diet to help you get better sleep, might just be worth it. Research has found that increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and pulses can help improve your sleep and the time it takes for you to go to sleep dramatically, thanks to enhancing your levels of magnesium, potassium, or other essential minerals that your body needs. Even incorporating more turkey – rich in tryptophan which helps induce drowsiness and sleepiness – can help make the distance between awake and sleep much easier.

4. Keep Your Room Cool

The last tip we can offer to help you get to sleep quicker, is to make sure that you keep your room as cool as possible – but not too cool. Years of scientific research have found that your body temperature is key when trying to get to sleep, as your body temperature naturally drops when you start to nod off. Therefore maintaining a cool, but not cold temperature in your room is essential. Similar to the way how coming out of a hot bath makes you feel sleepy thanks to your body’s temperature drop, the best course of action is keeping a fan or a window open to keep cool air circulating, and then taking the opportunity to snuggle down. Lovely.

5. Practice Yoga Before Bed

If you fancy exploring something a little less orthodox, then research suggests that doing a spot of yoga can help relax your body and help you get to sleep in record time. In terms of sleep hacks, yoga has long been touted as an avenue worth exploring; certain sequences such as ‘Salute to the Moon’ are designed to be slow, gentle movements that promote a feeling of relaxation and which help relieve any bodily aches that might keep you up at night. Yoga gets a lot of attention for its health benefits, but if you’re stuck on a sleepless night, try your hand at some yoga and find yourself relaxing and nodding off immediately.

6. Meditate

The meditation revolution keeps on rolling through our cities and cultures, touted as a huge help for anyone who needs it – and with good reason. In terms of being simultaneously rudimentary and revolutionary, meditation has been commended as a kind of cure-all for a large swathe ofphysical or psychological ailments – in this case being unable to go to sleep. Meditation allows you to calm your restless mind and focus on the kind of slow, rhythmic breathing that helps make sleeping better. In fact one of the suggested breathing techniques, the ujjayi breath (or ocean breath), is perfect for calming you down and helping you nod off to sleep.

7. Drink Some Warm Milk

Sometimes the old wives’ tales turn out to have some common sense or a grain of surprising truth in them. For example, the old adage about drinking warm milk helping you go to sleep, turns out to be not only true, but a beneficial sleep hack for anyone trying to get to sleep quicker. Warm milk, or similarly crafted milk-based beverages, may have shaky standing as a soporific thanks to the ongoing debate over the actual effectiveness of tryptophan in aiding sleep. However, psychologists have considered that drinking warm milk may have an unconscious psychological effect, and that it relates to the childhood experience of breastfeeding and the comfort associated with it. So, if you want to have a little sip of something before you hit the hay, try a glass of warm milk, rather than the traditional boozy nightcap. You’ll feel better for it in the morning – in more ways than one.

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8. Cut Out The Caffeine

One of the best sleep hacks out there is to cut out of the most prevalent addictive chemicals out there: caffeine. Yep, we’re all guilty of partaking in some caffeine at one point or another, whether it’s in our tea, coffee, or even out of chocolate. However, if you want to make sure you go to sleep as soon as possible, try and cut caffeine out of your diet after a certain point in the day. Studies indicate that cutting off your caffeine intake after 3pm helps improve quality of sleep, and the time it takes for you to get to sleep. So, if you want to try something to help you nod off in record time, try ditching that late evening cup of coffee, and see what happens.

9. Turn Off The Electronics

One of the biggest, best sleep hacks for the modern-day person, is to remove those pesky electronics from your bedroom to stop you playing with them. Numerous studies have found that the blue light from electronic devices disrupts your brain’s ability to begin relaxing for better quality sleep, as well as the likelihood of being unable to properly relax before hitting the hay, thanks to devices intended to keep you engaged. Instead, try and turn off your laptop, phone or tablet about an hour before you go to bed, so that your mind can unwind properly, and you can get that all-important quality of sleep that you deserve.

10. Invest In Some Blackout Curtains

This can be an issue no matter what your bedroom situation is, but it isalways worth investing in a solid pair of blackout curtains if you’re looking for a great go-to sleep hack. With more and more light pollution in the day-to-day – your neighbour’s backyard spotlight, the streetlamps outside, everyone’s car headlights coming in at 1am – it can be harder and harder to sleep with all that extra light pouring in and messing up your chance at sleep. Blackout curtains are a great preventative measure, as they’ll make sure your sleep is longer, better, and is much less likely to be disturbed.

Rare birth: Baby born completely encased in amniotic sac

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(CNN)We all know that every baby is special, but Silas Philips pulled off a rare feat right out of the womb.
Days before he's scheduled to leave the hospital, he's already gone viral on social media because he was born 'en caul.'
Silas was completely encased in his amniotic sac, said Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in a Facebook post. That's so rare, that even doctors delivering babies hardly see it. So Silas' doctor snapped a photo with his cell phone.
It looked like the baby was trapped in a big water bubble.
"Even though it's a cliche -- we caught our breath," neonatologist William Binder told CNN affiliate KCAL. "It really felt like a moment of awe."
Then Binder got to work helping Silas to breathe - and giving him special care, because Silas was born three months before his due date via Caesarean section.
Later, Silas' grandmother showed the cell phone photo to his mother, Chelsea Philips.
"It was definitely like a clear film, where you could definitely make out his head and his hair," Philips told the affiliate. Silas was curled up in fetal position inside.

What is 'en caul'

The amniotic sac is an opaque bubble that covers all babies in the womb from right after conception. As the baby grows, it fills with fluid, including the baby's urine.
The sac cushions the baby from bumps and jostles during mom's daily ups and downs.
Normally, during a birth, it breaks, and the fluid rushes out, which is where the term 'breaking water' comes from.
But sometimes, the sac can get stuck around part of the baby, according to Dr. Amos Grunebaum, an obstetrician and gynecologist, who publishes a website on birth and baby care.
It can, for example, get stuck on the baby's head, which makes it look like its wearing a glass space helmet. That's also where the term caul comes from -- it derives from Latin words that refer to a helmet.
Such amniotic sac helmet births are rare enough, but to have the entire baby inside the sac, or 'en caul,' occurs in less than one in 80,000 births, Cedars-Sinai said.
When Philips heard how rare her Baby's birth was, she was flabbergasted. "I was like, oh my gosh, Silas, you're a little special baby," she told KCAL.
It's particularly surprising in a C-section, because the scalpel usually pierces the amniotic sac.
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10 Health-Killing Foods You Shouldn’t Eat At Night

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There’s rarely anything more satisfying than having a late-night snack or meal before bed! I’m guilty of indulging myself! I’m also guilty of indulging in some foods that scientists and health experts argue are the worst food choices to eat at night. The below list describes the top-ten health-killing foods you shouldn’t eat before you go to bed.

1. Cheese

Cheese is fattening and easy to over-eat on. Cheese should be eaten in very strict moderation. Cheese is high in saturated fat and cholesterol,  and too much of it can increase your risk of heart disease.

2. Citrus

Too many fruits can lead to gas at night, and makes digestion more complicated because sugar ferments. If you must eat some fruit before bed, try not to eat more than a cup.

3. Spicy Food

Spicy or hot foods stimulate your senses, and they have the ability to give heartburn or contribute to an upset stomach, and no one wants that before bed.

4. Fatty Food

Pizza, burgers and French-fries taste great, but they aren’t great to your body, so don’t eat them at night. They can mess up your digestive system and help you pack on the pounds. You’ll feel horrible the next day, zapped of the energy you need to make your day productive.

5.  Red Meats

Red meats are hard to digest. That’s why you shouldn’t eat them at night. It will be harder to fall asleep if you do eat red meat directly before bed.

6.  Cereals

It is very difficult to follow serving suggestions for cereal, so if you’re watching your weight, it’s best to eat it in the morning but not late at night.

7. Vegetables

I know I threw you off with my suggestion to lay off of fruits and citrus before bed, but you are probably shocked vegetables make the list. Some vegetables are not ideal to eat before bed. Celery, for example, celery is a diuretic. According to this article, a diuretic increases the rate of urination. It’s counter-productive to eat these types of vegetables, because you’ll be waking up more than usual at night to use the restroom instead of getting a good rest.

8. Junk Food

Chips and salsa, popcorn, and all that other comfort food. Let it go. It’s not helping you sleep better, lose weight, or be healthy.

9. Sweets

Put down that ice cream cone, candy bar, or piece of chocolate, because they are officially off limits before bed! Yes, these things can be considered comfort foods, but these same comfort foods are loaded with fat! Sugar also keeps you up longer! It’s not the type of combination you want while you’re trying to go to bed!

10. Bread

Unless you’re trying to gain weight, eating bread before going to bed is a horrible idea.  The carbs in bread can make you hungrier at night, and cause you to overeat.
Don’t take my word for it, check out this article and see for yourself! Then explore the internet and check out other suggestions.  Many of the things I’ve listed here, are the same things health experts elsewhere will tell you to avoid.
Some things weren’t listed here because they were obvious or not considered food, but here are some other suggestions: do not drink alcohol before bed, do not drink too much water before bed, and be sure to not drink coffee before bed.  Soda also follows under the do-not-drink directly before bed list. Some experts suggest not eating at all three to four hours before bed.