Sleeping 8-9 hours every night is now a theory. With the advancement of technology and work from home culture, no one sleeps for more than 6 hours per night. Our routines may have evolved, but our bodies are still stuck to the old needs.
How does sleep affect your health?
The quality of sleep is more important than the number of hours we can manage to sleep at night. Since we do not have much time for resting and relaxing anymore, the quality of time we spend in bed should be superb. Sleeping helps to keep our stress levels to a minimum. While you sleep, your cells regenerate, and your body takes care of the internal repair works. Sleep is supposed to make you feel energized and ready for the day’s challenges.
What are the effects of sleep deprivation?
If you want, you can link almost all diseases and discomforts to the lack of a good night’s sleep. However, here are some of the proven effects of long-term sleep deprivation –
- Increased blood glucose
- Obesity and binging habits
- Long term memory creation
- Problems in concentration and ADD.
Almost 100,000 car accidents per year link to prolonged deprivation of good quality sleep in teenagers in the USA.
If you are suffering from lack of quality sleep, snoring, sleep apnea and constant nightmares, you should think about changing your mattress. A new mattress will bring a better quality of sleep and better comfort.
What should you check before buying a mattress?
Not all mattresses labeled “medically approved” or “doctor recommended” are so. There are no medical organizations that test mattresses, so you will have to take up the task of “test rides.”
- You can consult various blogs, web forums and review sites to learn about the new mattress, and why they are good for you. Check out both positive and adverse reviews like the nectar mattress complaints. Make a list of all the pros and cons of each mattress. Tally the lists and find one that meets all your needs.
- Always check the trial period and warranty before you close your purchase. Many states in the US allow their sellers to offer comfort guarantee to their buyers. Check your state retailer policies and ask for a comfort guarantee if that is permissible. If it includes a money-back offer, that is ideal for you! A great mattress usually comes with a 10-year full replacement warranty, which is too good to be true for any shopper.
A good mattress should facilitate sound sleep with REM and Non-REM sleep cycles. Spending on a good memory foam mattress is the best investment idea you can have in the next few years. It will restore your health and help you find a new vigor you need to succeed in life.
Author bio: Mark Harris has been a part of many sleep studies around the world. He is an expert on the relationship between mattresses and sleep types. He has helped address some nectar mattress complaints over the last few months.
John Constantine’s ARCPoint Labs is Changing the Face of Accessible Medical Care
Over the course of the past two decades, ARCPoint Labs has carved out a significant space for itself in the healthcare industry, founded with a mission of tackling the systemic hurdles which make healthcare both costly and unreliable for consumers.
For ARCPoint’s President and CEO, John Constantine, the vision has always been to make testing and diagnostics technology as efficient, accessible, and high-quality as possible for users, leveling the playing field by providing comprehensive lab resources without exorbitant price tags, regardless of location, identity, or insurance status.
This objective has seen extraordinary growth throughout Constantine’s tenure as CEO throughout the past six years, with its reach expanding to almost 140 branches across the nation. Through this expansion, ARCpoint Labs has ensured that top-notch, reliable healthcare is not a luxury, but a right for all.
“As I got deeper into working in the American medicine and healthcare system in the 2000s, I realized how incredibly broken the whole framework was,” Constantine says. “I mean, if you go into Google and type ‘The healthcare industry is…’, the first result that pops up is ‘The healthcare industry is broken.’ That should really tell you something.”
The path ARCpoint Labs has traversed has been challenging, yet immensely rewarding. Aiming to create an environment wherein people have access to the best versions of themselves through improved healthcare, Constantine has consistently pushed forward to generate nationwide awareness for ARCPoint as an affordable, accessible diagnostic alternative.
“To say that this has been a slightly overwhelming journey would be an understatement,” Constantine admits, “But the process in and of itself should have been simplified decades ago. There’s no reason access to first-rate medical care in the United States shouldn’t be almost as easy as making a reservation at a restaurant. Equitable efficiency has always been the vision.”
Since its founding in 1998, the company has steadily launched itself into the national healthcare landscape as a practical, economical, and obtainable alternative to traditional diagnostic pathways. However, the real measure of ARCpoint Labs’ success extends beyond its nationwide growth or increased awareness; for Constantine, ARCPoint’s true impact lies with the work they have accomplished on a community level.
“I always love hearing the testimonials of patients who otherwise never would have had these tests run,” Constantine says, “It brings me great joy to know that ARCPoint has, in a tangible way, provided people with the basics to make life worth living. What a gift.”
Looking ahead to the next five years, Constantine confirms that ARCPoint Labs is still seeking to open further testing locations across the US, already serving more than 100 million patients and families nationwide.
As it continues its evolution, ARCpoint Labs remains unwavering in its mission to simplify access to healthcare and ensure that affordable, high-quality care remains an available resource for all. The company is committed to its forward-thinking trajectory, constantly exploring innovative strategies to enhance its services and meet the dynamic, ever-changing needs of its customer base. ARCpoint Labs represents more than just a healthcare company – it embodies a movement towards superior, universally accessible healthcare for all.
To stay up-to-date on future ARCPoint Labs news and developments, visit their official website.
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Adrienne Warren To Perform At DIFFA’s 40th Anniversary Gala
DIFFA is excited to announce its highly anticipated 40th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in NYC. It will feature a star-studded lineup of entertainment including Tony Award-winner Adrienne Warren (Tina –The Tina Turner Musical), vocalist and trumpeter Brian Newman and celebrity DJ Michaelangelo L’Acqua. The Gala will commemorate a remarkable legacy—forty years of impactful DIFFA initiatives — and raise critical funds to further support vital causes. Tickets and more details are available here.
The announcement comes on the heels of an incredibly successful Après Ski event held earlier this month, which raised over $100,000 for DIFFA grantees. Established in 1984 in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, DIFFA has since expanded its mission to encompass broader community challenges such as homelessness and mental wellness.
“What started as a group of designers and manufacturer’s gathering in an NYC basement to raise money to help support their ailing friends and co-workers’ doctor’s visits and living expenses, has grown into a catalyst for change. Since our founding, we’ve granted more than $55 million to organizations which provide direct care to those most in need of assistance,” remarks Dawn Roberson, Executive Director of DIFFA.
“DIFFA has been a cause very close to my heart for more than 30 years. I’ve seen first-hand how the organization has galvanized the design community to rally our talents, resources, and creativity in the face of some of the most intractable social and healthcare challenges of our era. I’m so proud to celebrate 40 years of giving back and am excited about DIFFA’s next chapter,” said David Rockwell, who currently serves as Chair Emeritus of DIFFA.
“Serving as a rallying point for the design community, the Gala event will allow us to continue DIFFA’s legacy of giving. An opportunity for brands and individuals to demonstrate their solidarity, it will also pay tribute to those pioneering individuals who were champions of the cause and instrumental in making a DIFFA-rence—from the 1980s when AIDS was a mysterious illness with little hope for a cure, to DIFFA’s work today in line with its expanded mission,” adds current Board Chair Thomas Polucci.
The gala will feature an award ceremony and special video segment highlighting an honoree from each decade of DIFFA’s history. Fern Mallis and Steven Cole of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are among those offering video tributes to former DIFFA chairs Cindy Allen, David Rockwell, and George Slowik, and former executive director David Sheppard. The event will also recognize the incredible work of DIFFA’s grantees, including organizations such as Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, Bailey House, SAGE, Health, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. These grantees provide direct care through several different initiatives—from funding pantry bag meals to supporting outreach programs for underserved and disenfranchised LGBTQ homeless and street-involved youth.
Thoughtfully designed installations by students at FIT, SVA, Pratt, and NYSID will provide an inspiring backdrop to the evening’s festivities. Each imaginative vignette will illustrate a different decade in DIFFA’s rich history. Guests will be treated to performances by Tony-award-winning actress Adrienne Warren, who recently played Tina Turner in TINA – The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway, as well as the dynamic sounds of DJ Michaelangelo L’Acqua.
DIFFA is deeply grateful to Benjamin Moore, presenting sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Gala, as well as gold sponsors Empire Office with Steelcase, EvensonBest, HOK, MillerKnoll, Rockwell Group, and Shaw Contract.
The DIFFA gala is just one in several 40th anniversary fundraising events. Lip Sync for Life—a drag event originally founded by DIFFA Chicago—is scheduled for the last week of June in conjunction with PRIDE festivities.
For more information on DIFFA and the full list of grantees, visit diffa.org.
DIFFA: grants funds to organizations providing treatment, assistance, and access to healthcare for a diverse group of people affected by HIV/AIDS, food & housing insecurities, and mental health issues. For four decades, DIFFA has created legendary programs and events that highlight a cause that has impacted the industry. As times change and we face a new set of challenges, DIFFA answers the community’s needs by expanding our mission to include funding for those with food and housing insecurities and to support mental wellbeing.
Harnessing the design industry’s resources and creativity to respond to critical health issues and build a healthier, robust, and inclusive community. Making a DIFFA-rence!
DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community, DIFFA has granted more than $55 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. Including Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, Bailey House, SAGE, Health, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, among many others. www.diffa.org.
Jose Verdugo: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 3
Sabrina E. Morrissey, Credit: Facebook
Just released, Wendy Williams’ guardian has been accused of a scheme to rob her client in a $30 million lawsuit while controlling Wendy Williams’ finances and countless others. The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that Wendy’s guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, her firm Morrissey & Morrissey LLP, and about 10 other attorneys have been named as defendants in another lawsuit.
If you remember from yesterday’s story these are the same individuals that were and are involved in Errol Rapports mother’s case and Libra Max with her father the artist Peter Max.
The case Morrissey and the attorneys are accused in, is for Jose Verdugo, who had won $5.5 million in a personal injury claim. For more than a decade, the defendants imprisoned Verdugo in a humiliating and oppressive guardianship by manipulating and serially deceiving him, as well as New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. The fraudulently-based attorney and guardian fees, plundered Verdugo’s multi-million dollar personal injury recovery.
Your Inner Dialogue: Positive Affirmations for Addiction Recovery
Positive affirmations are of help to many people working to recover from an addiction. The uplifting messages, when repeated regularly, train the brain to think positively. They focus on the present and future, providing motivation and inspiration to continue on the road to recovery.
How Affirmations Work
The brain is a malleable organ. Affirmations help take advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity by repeating positive messages about ourselves or our goals. Each time we verbalise the affirmation, that statement fires along certain neural pathways in support of the affirmed idea or belief. Repeated over and over, affirmations strengthen those supportive pathways until, with enough repetition, the affirmation becomes the default outlook programmed into our brains. As a result, drug rehab programs in texas often make affirmations a priority.
Creating Effective Affirmations
Telling yourself “I no longer crave drugs” likely rings hollow in early recovery. More realistic affirmations like “If a craving comes, I can get through it” set reasonable expectations. Over time, as these affirmations prove true, they can lay the groundwork for more ambitious statements. By starting small with positive, solution-focused affirmations, we can start retraining our brains with helpful messaging. Repeated regularly, effective affirmations help cement the attitudes and behaviours that allow people in recovery to cope with challenges and continue healing.
Integrating Affirmations into Daily Life
To fully benefit from affirmations, they must be put into consistent practice. Simply thinking about them from time to time is not enough for real change. Affirmations should become ingrained into one’s daily routine.
Ways to effectively integrate affirmations include:
Writing Them Down
Writing affirmations by hand helps imprint them into the mind. Keep a running list of affirmations to review regularly. Also, keep individual affirmations in multiple places, such as on sticky notes around the home, the car dashboard, and more. These little reminders help facilitate the repetition of positive phrases throughout the day.
Reciting Them Out Loud
Vocalising the affirmations is powerful too, engaging more of the brain through auditory pathways. Set reminders to repeat affirmations out loud at certain times, such as morning and evening. Doing them in front of a mirror can also help increase effectiveness. Making Them Digital
Digital applications provide another way to practise daily affirmations. Apps will send daily reminders to view inspiring quotes and phrases. Some affirmation apps allow users to select or create their affirmations as well. Viewing these positive messages right on a frequently-checked device helps reinforce them.
Affirmations Take Practice
Keep in mind that integrating affirmations into one’s mindset requires consistency and practice. At first, the concepts expressed may feel silly or untrue. However, with routine use, their effects become cumulatively powerful in supporting continued recovery. Affirmations lay the groundwork for emotional and spiritual growth that sustains people through challenges on their journey.
Affirmations are a simple yet powerful technique that can lead to profound changes for those in addiction recovery. By overriding negative thought patterns and activating motivation centres of the brain, affirmations promote personal growth and healthy decision-making. When consistently integrated into one’s daily routine through written, vocal, and digital practice, affirmations retrain the mind to be more supportive of recovery goals. Maintaining focus each day on positive visions of self-worth, forgiveness, strength, and hope builds the emotional resilience needed for the lifelong journey of recovery. Though challenging at first, committing to regular affirmations lays the groundwork for lasting transformation one phrase at a time.
Errol Rappaport: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 2
Wendy Williams, Peter Max and Errol Rappaport’s mother guardian were all Sabrina Morrissey. Here is one of the horror stories.
New York fashion design team David and Frances Rappaport were married for seventy-two years. They had three sons—Michael, Errol, and Richard—and a spectacular penthouse apartment in a landmark building at 200 Central Park South. A few years before David died, the couple asked Errol to leave his publicist job in Los Angeles and return to New York to care for them. Errol, a Vietnam veteran and trained medic who wears fashionable designer eyeglasses and his graying hair in a ponytail, agreed to return. He moved into the sprawling twenty-fifth floor apartment where his parents had lived for more than four decades. At the pinnacle of their success, the elder Rappaport’s are said to have amassed a fortune of between $9 and $10 million, thanks to the popularity of David’s Italian knitwear line, and the elegant Frances’s famous silk blouses (marketed under the name Francesca of Damon) favored by celebrities like Lucille Ball, Princess Aga Khan, and Manhattan fashion icon Iris Apfel.
Soon the penthouse was listed for sale, and the guardian moved Frances Rappaport out of her cherished Manhattan home of forty-six years and into a small apartment miles away in Queens, New York. Errol, then in his early seventies, said he was left homeless after having exhausted his savings battling his older brother. At his age, he said, he had zero job prospects. “I have to take two different buses to get out to Queens just to visit with my mother, and right now I’m couch surfing with various friends.” Errol said.
He spoke to me in the courthouse hallway during a break in yet another guardianship-related proceeding he was summoned to attend in downtown Manhattan. This proceeding was called to take Errol to task for
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