Myths and Misconceptions About Sleep

Myths and Misconceptions About Sleep

When it comes to sleep, there are a lot of beliefs and misconceptions that people have whether it’s about falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up and just sleep in general. Some of these beliefs may be relatively harmless but there are some misunderstandings about sleep that can have serious complications if repeatedly done or not done. There are some misconceptions that don’t provide any help in relieving sleep deprivation which can lead to health problems. What are these common misconceptions? Here are just a few of the myths and misunderstandings that most people have regarding sleep.

Myth #1: Taking a Drink at Night will Help me Get to Sleep

While alcohol does make you a bit drowsy with a couple of drinks, by no mean is it a solution to help you get enough sleep. What happens is if you drink a shot of vodka or a bottle of beer before dozing off, you’re sleeping patterns will be disrupted. You might end up being awakened in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning. Worse, by the time you wake up from your seemingly peaceful slumber in the morning, you’ll feel like you didn’t get a wink of sleep at all. There is a type of sleep that is called restorative sleep which allows your body and your mind to rest at an optimum level. But that level of sleep can never be achieved with alcohol.

Myth #2: Exercise will Help me Tire Out and Get to Sleep

While it is good for you to exercise if you want to get some sleep, exercising during the late hours isn’t advisable. What happens during exercise is that the body’s hormones rise, like epinephrine and norepinephrine, to support the bodily functions involved in exercise. While you will indeed feel tired out after a workout session, you may be unable to fall asleep immediately because these hormones still heighten your senses. What you can do is time your exercise session properly like in the afternoon so that you can feel tired by the time night comes and you’ll be able to get to sleep later in the evening once your hormone levels return to their normal levels.

Myth #3: Tiring my Eyes will Help me Sleep

While activities like watching television or reading a book can be helpful in getting you to sleep, it is sometimes not advisable. This is because these activities may be stimulating for you and trigger you to keep being awake instead. Furthermore, these activities aren’t also advised at night since they have a tendency to damage your eyesight which isn’t very healthy for you. Similar to exercise, doing these activities in the afternoon or the early evening can help a lot in getting you to sleep. It isn’t advisable to watch TV or read a book late at night, especially in the dark since there is a high risk in damaging one’s eyesight.


Myth #4: There’s no Harm in Using Sleeping Pills

This is a huge misconception that a lot of people have which entails dangerous effects on one’s health. While sleeping pills are still widely available in a number of pharmacies, they aren’t really meant for helping you get to sleep. These sleeping pills are also called opioid analgesics which are actually meant for patients about to undergo a surgery. The purpose of these drugs is to provide a pre-analgesic stage which supports the main anesthetic agent that is later going to be used right before surgery. By no means are they really meant to help relieve insomnia. This is easily shown as how patients who underwent surgery and received analgesics to prevent or minimize pain during and after surgery never wake up comfortably or it seems like they’re still quite tired even after sleeping for six to eight hours straight. It should also be noted that these sleeping pills are still filtered out by the liver, causing liver damage if taken too much. This can lead to life-threatening signs and symptoms like loss of consciousness, abnormal respiratory rate and rhythm, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, a drop in blood pressure and more. A good example of this is how a lot of people have attempted suicide by using sleeping pills.

Myth #5: My Body can Learn to Sleep Less

Allowing your body to learn or conditioning your body to sleep lesser than what you’re used to may be possible but it isn’t a healthy thing to do. Our body needs a set number of hours so that it can recover. If it does not get the rest that it needs, the several body systems falter and decrease in their function. If you condition your body to get less sleep that it needs, it can have repercussions on your body in its physiological aspect. While you feel that you get enough sleep with going for just about four or five hours a day, your body may feel otherwise. Even if you feel well-rested, you may experience signs and symptoms like listlessness, decreased concentration, daytime sleepiness, nausea and more.

Myth #6: There’s No Harm in Taking a Few More Caffeine

Caffeine in itself is a big no-no if you want to get a good night’s sleep. However, there are some who believe that getting one more cup of coffee can help you get to sleep more quickly. Another popular belief among people is that eating a small amount of chocolate just before going to bed can help in an easier time to fall asleep. The problem with these is caffeine is a stimulant which is both found in chocolate and coffee. Add to that the sugar content in both which increases the glucose levels in our blood, therefore adding more energy for our body. If you take a hefty amount of both of these compounds, chances are you’ll be wide awake at night. But it isn’t the end when it comes to caffeine and chocolate. You can still consume them but plan it out hours before going to sleep.

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Most Rewarding Hobbies

Most Rewarding Hobbies

Taking up a hobby is a good way to pass the time. While that is true, what most people overlook is that hobbies actually are more than that. They’re an outlet wherein we can release some stress in a healthy manner. We can achieve a sense of relaxation by doing them and we can develop different sets of skills with continuous practice. But what are the most rewarding hobbies that you can take? Here are just a few examples.


If literature is your passion, then writing might just be the perfect hobby for you. Ever wanted to write that novel you’ve been thinking of writing since high school? Ever wanted to make a world of your own in the form of words and paragraphs? Writing is also a potential money earner for you as there are a lot of sites online that pay for freelance writers. It’s also a way of expressing yourself through artistic literature and you develop your talent in language as well.


Playing instruments is one of the best hobbies to take up. This is because it’s a healthy way of letting out stress while also producing beautiful music in the process. Playing the guitar, piano, flute or any kind of instrument brings an enlightening feeling for both the musician and the audience. Looking at someone playing an instrument makes you want to play as well.


Take a camera and go out into the world to capture the most pristine moments that you come across everyday. Photography is one of the most popular hobbies today that taken up by both the young and the old. It’s a newfound field of art that captures the present compared to the usual painting, drawing or sketching. Professional photography is another way of earning cash as well.



If the kitchen is your type of playing field, developing your skills in cooking is also an excellent hobby. You explore different techniques in cooking up dishes and experimenting on the various ingredients that you come across. Not only that but you also develop your taste, eventually allowing you to sharpen it to the point that you can tell what’s lacking in a food, if it’s too much salt or what you can put to make it taste even better.

Art and Crafting

Painting, drawing, sketching and just anything artistic is a great way to pass the time and also do something productive. You’re releasing stress in one of the most efficient manner since you’re producing a work that you can display and be appreciated by other people as well. Making crafts is a good way of developing your fine motor skills and creativity, that’s why arts and crafts is one of the subjects taught to children at an early age.


One of the most endearing and heart-warming hobbies is taking care of pets. It teaches you responsibility of taking care of an animal as it’s easier said than done. It also gives you one of the best rewards that you can ask for – friendship.  Click here for more……


Missing Roof Shingles?

Missing Roof Shingles?

In the general structure of almost every type of housing unit in the world, it’s safe to assume that the roof is the most vulnerable structure of your home as it is the most exposed part of the house and takes the brunt of the punishment that Mother Nature incurs from time to time. May it be the heat or the cold, the rain or the sun, the snow or the hail, your roof is the one responsible in shielding your home and protecting your from all these things. But when it gets damaged to an extent, some of its parts may be removed. One of these parts is the roofing shingles that serve as the layer to the roof. This is usually the case during strong winds when the shingles just loosen their grip and then fly off. But what happens when roofing shingles are missing from the roof? Here are some facts.

Weakens the Structure of Your Roof

The layer of roofing shingles provides a durable protective shield for your roof. Once they’re missing or removed, the overall structure of your roof is weakened significantly that it can lead to additional damage if things like rain, heat or hailstorms happen. The layer beneath the roofing shingles can easily be damaged, making way for additional repair costs on your part.

Exposes Your Roof to the Elements

Roofing shingles provide a protective layer which encapsulates your roof. Without them, your roof is left exposed to the elements like rain, sleet and snow which can deal more damage now than when the roofing shingles were still adequately intact on your roof. Though at times there are only portions of your roof where the shingles are missing, these are usually the parts where damage is expected to happen because protection is now robbed from your roof.


Make Your Home Prone to Leaking

Since one of the roles that roofing shingles provide for your home is protection, having them missing lets water seep through the pores of your roof. Even the tiniest openings or gaps can lead to leaks inside your house and they are not pleasant.

Lowers Overall Value of Your House

If you’re on the side that has the desire or even just the thought of selling your house someday, having patches of missing roofing shingles isn’t a good sign. Generally, it lowers the property value of your home and just the mere sight of it isn’t really attractive for anyone looking to buy a house. It’s very unpleasant to look at and it shows a lot of things about you and your house. It can mean that you, as a homeowner, don’t take the responsibility of maintaining your home or how the house is made from low quality materials.  Load more……


Completing a Home Improvement Project

Completing a Home Improvement Project

Conducting your very own home improvement project is a rewarding experience where you can gain valuable knowledge and skills in taking care of your home. It’s also a fun experience that you can share with your family and friends. Doing it yourself also lets you save money for a great deal. Here are just some tips in finishing your own home improvement project.

New Coat of Paint

You’d be surprised at what paint can do. Applying a new coat of paint can give your home a refreshing new look unlike its previous appearance. If you choose to use bright colors, your home will grow with a lighting effect that will attract the attention of people. If you choose darker shades, your home brings a relaxing and serene scene instead.


Acquiring Contractors

Make sure you get trustworthy contractors if you want to procure of their services. Always ensure that they’re licensed and have good reputation in their line of worth. Hiring someone who’s trustworthy will give you relief knowing that your investment is in good hands once the project is finally completed.

Choose Economical

Expensive renovations aren’t really very smart if they’re just on a whim. Focus on more affordable home improvements that may seem simple but can last for several months to years. Spending too much on something trivial will only lead you to lose money. Make sure that the change that you make in your home is beneficial for everyone, not just you.

Compare Contractor Prices

When choosing a contractor, always get at least three different contractors since this will allow you to compare them. Compare the quality of the service that they provide, what kind of services that they can give and their reputation with their past customers should be put to your consideration when they give their price on top of everything else.  Discover more……


Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac Arrest

When the heart stops functioning, blood isn’t delivered to the different parts of the body. This initiates a cascade of events which lead to deprivation of oxygen of the different body systems, unconsciousness, cell injury and death, compensation mechanisms initiated by the brain, cessation of breathing and ultimately, the end of life. This event is termed as cardiac arrest.


What is Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest is also termed as cardiopulmonary arrest or CP arrest and circulatory arrest. It is a state wherein there is the cessation of the normal spontaneous circulation of blood due to the heart’s incapability to contract effectively, leading to a myriad of reactions that occur in a matter of seconds. Contrary to popular belief, cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack but it can be a cause.


In cardiac arrest, since blood doesn’t circulate to the body, this leads to the deprivation of oxygen and glucose to the tissues. When there’s inadequate amount of oxygen and glucose, both of which are needed by the brain to function, this leads to loss of consciousness then leads to abnormal or even absence of respiration. Brain injury is expected when there’s deprivation of oxygen and glucose for more than 5 minutes. Longer than that, brain death or severe brain injury is to be expected.

Cardiac arrest is considered as a medical emergency wherein prompt intervention is needed. If left unanswered, it can likely lead to death or irreversible neurological and/or organ damage if a person is saved – death can occur in minutes and that small time limit is utilized by healthcare professionals to deliver interventions to save lives. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR and defibrillation are essential interventions in treating cardiac arrest and saving lives of patients.

Medical practitioners classify cardiac arrest into two types – shockable and non-shockable. This is determined by observing their ECG (electrocardiogram) rhythms to determine whether or not the cardiac dysrhythmia can be treated by delivering shock or defibrillation. The shockable rhythms are ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. The non-shockable rhythms are pulseless electrical activity and asystole (flatline).

What are the Signs of Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest is characterized by the abrupt halt in the heart’s contraction, leading to cessation in the blood circulation and leads to a number of events that can damage the tissues due to lack of oxygen and glucose. Healthcare practitioners watch for cues that indicate cardiac arrest to initiate emergency treatment quickly. Here are some of the signs that indicate cardiac arrest.
● Loss of consciousness
● Absence of palpable pulse
● Cessation of breathing

How is Cardiac Arrest Managed?

Cardiac arrest is considered as a medical emergency. Swift delivery of medical intervention is done, not only to revive the patient, but also to prevent or minimize the damage that oxygen deprivation has done to the tissues. The treatment of cardiac arrest lies in three main components – CPR, defibrillation and emergency medications.

In CPR, perfusion is promoted with each pump to prevent oxygen deprivation to the tissues. Defibrillation attempts to restart the heart by delivering a set electrical discharge. Emergency medications help in compensating the functions of the heart and other organs in order to revive the patient.  Read more...…

Welcome To The Dartmoor Folk Festival

Plans are well under way for this years Dartmoor Folk Festival which will be held on the 7th, 8th & 9th August 2015 in South Zeal near Okehampton in Devon. We have an exciting mix of performers booked already with more to be confirmed. Check out the artists page and other tabs for details and come back regularly for updates.

Photos courtesy of Cecil Hatfield and Alan Quick.

“It is the most unique/musical gem of a small music festival we have ever been to. It is so DIY- yet  so professional at the same time. Everything organised and arranged by local people” – Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak 2014

In the words of the late Bob Cann BEM (the festival’s founder) “Yer tiz again – zongs, music and danzin’ from dear ole Dart-i-moor! Welcum to this gurt weekend ‘ope twill run proper zuent!” Proper Job.



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It was back in 1978 that local musician Bob Cann had the idea that he would like to start his own folk festival to help revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor, and in particular, the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area.The
 first three festivals were held in the grounds of Wood Country House near South Tawton, until 1981 when it moved to its present location in the picturesque village of South Zeal, on the edge of Dartmoor.Over
 the years the festival has grown making it possible to invite a high standard of folk
 artist from near and far, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a friendly, traditional festival.
 must go out to all the past and present members of the Dartmoor Folk Festival Association, who over the years have given their time and effort voluntarily to the fund raising
, organising and running of the festival, which will hopefully enable it to continue as it is for the next generation to enjoy.
 are also due to all those people who help us in setting up the festival, by providing equipment, transport and all those one hundred and one essential items that go to make up the weekend.

A Brief History

South Zeal is located on the north edge of Dartmoor just off the A30 between Exeter and Launceston.

By car: From the A30 follow signs for South Zeal. As you approach the village (from the Exeter direction) PLEASE DON'T TAKE THE FIRST SOUTH ZEAL SIGN but FOLLOW THE YELLOW AND BLACK FESTIVAL SIGNS. If using a Sat Nav please use EX20 2JL which will take you to Ford Cross. From there you can follow signs to the car park and campsite. By train / bus: Due to the rural location of the village, public transport isn't very good. The nearest train station is Exeter, (20 miles away). There are buses that run from Exeter to Okehampton (5 miles away) but most of them continue down the A30 to Okehampton. A few buses turn off and go via Sticklepath / South Zeal. There are taxis in Okehampton that could bring you from there to the festival. Parking: Please don't park on the roads in the village. South Zeal is a busy village and the roads need to be kept clear for emergency vehicles. The festival provides a car park field at the top of the village, opposite the campsite entrance. Parking is free and open all weekend. If you have elderly passengers you can drop them off at the site entrance and then park the car in the car park. Disabled parking is allowed on the main festival site, disabled badge holders only.