Sound the alarm and more health and beauty snippets

WAKING UP EARLY: Can make a job more stressful Photo Credit: Pixabay/Congerdesign

A SURVEY of 4,500 people in the Czech Republic conducted between 2018 and 2020 found that getting up early for work frequently made work more stressful and life less fulfilling.

Waking up when an alarm goes off instead of moving around naturally and getting more sleep tends to throw off our internal biological clock, the researchers concluded.

This produced an effect similar to jetlag that occurs when flying to a country with a different time zone, they said.

The Czech researchers described this as “social jet lag” and found that it also had the side effect of making work seem more tiring and life less fulfilling.

sneezing season SPRING brings hay fever, but there are ways to avoid it.

“Everyone can tolerate a certain amount of pollen before having an allergic reaction,” explained Dr. Clare Morrison. “If you keep enough pollen, the symptoms will not be triggered.”

Shower and change clothes when you get home, keep windows closed and avoid drying clothes outside, he advised.

Vacuum regularly, especially bedding and fabrics, and damp, dusty surfaces to remove pollen without dispersing it into the air. If you have a pet, be sure to brush and shampoo your pet as often as possible to remove pollen particles.

Use an allergen barrier balm around the nostrils and decongestant eye drops throughout the day.

patch it up HERBAL patches containing herbs and botanical extracts are combined to help women overcome the symptoms of menopause.

While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a standard solution for menopause, natural patches contain a variety of herbs, many rich in plant estrogens that help rebalance hormones. Traditionally known to relieve menopausal symptoms, these include black cohosh, valerian, skullcap, red clover, and gotu kola.

The patches helped them deal with classic symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, interrupted sleep, decreased sex drive and mood swings, as well as memory and concentration problems, users said.

ready for later RECENT research has shed new light on how activities and attitudes in midlife can improve our chances of good health in later life.

A study published by the British Medical Journal found that satisfying relationships with partners, family, friends and colleagues are linked to a lower risk of accumulating multiple long-term conditions in old age.

The less satisfactory these relationships are in your 40s and 50s, the higher the risk of various diseases later in life, researchers from the University of Queensland suggested.

Dairy Advocates BRITISH people are drinking less milk and consumption continues to fall.

A third of those under 35 are abandoning dairy for health or ethical reasons, opting for plant-based soy, almond or coconut “milks”.

But some health professionals argue that the bones, heart, and brain need vitamin B12, calcium, and iodine from dairy products.

Even skim milk is less beneficial than the full-fat variety, some nutritionists say, as it’s more filling and less harmful than previously believed.

In the instant ACNE can occur at any age.

There are many reasons why those who are no longer in their early youth develop acne, ranging from hormonal changes to medication side effects.

Just like with teens, it can be fixed with a proper skincare routine, although it’s important to stay away from teen acne products.

These may be too harsh for aging skin, which requires a mild cleanser with a small amount of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

quite common A TWITCH on one eyelid, known medically as myokymia, is generally common, harmless, and temporary.

It happens to most of us at some point, a doctor will tell you, and is usually related to excessive tiredness, along with stress and too much caffeine.

As long as the contraction is intermittent and confined to one side, you will probably be advised to get a good night’s sleep and limit your caffeine intake to a couple of cups daily.

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