Noise is something that directly affects your health, but this also has long-term effects. In particular, it’s the lower tones which are most disturbing due to the vibrations. Especially in the city there is a continuous stream of sounds, which finds its effects in health.

People leave city centers. Since the prices in the housing market are rising again, people re-find the courage to sell their city homes or to buy a new home. People start to moveagain, they even leave to different cities around the country. It is mainly the families who seek more space and tranquility.

We live in a society that can be found both online and offline is. From early in morning until late at night, there can always be a device found that is turned on. Your smartphone, tablet, laptop or TV. You are constantly connected and these devices seem to produce a blue light, which shines in our direction from various angles. Doctors came up with the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes that you stare at a screen, you should look away for 20 seconds, at another object that is about 20 feet (6 meters) away. When you apply this rule, you will find your eyes to be less tired.

All these electronic devices that we seem to be needing, have many effects on our health. It is especially discouraged to use our smartphones in the evening. This can be the cause of eye damage, sleep loss and it can even create a higher risk on cancer. Besides from the radiation that comes from your phone, the blue light in particular generates a certain factor in these health problems.

And if we already face sleeping problems, we might also start overeating. When you get less then five hours of sleep per night, your body produces higher peaks or lipid, which is also known as endocannabinoid. This partly sounds like cannabis, and thereby also has the same effect on the brain as marijuana has. I hereby present to you: sleep munchies.

Our day-to-day lives have a considerable impact on our health. Maybe it is time that we alleviate this. There appear to be enough initiatives that are responding to this knowledge. But it is important that we personally contribute as well. Five simple things we can do to reduce stress are: use the scent of lavender and rosemary, think of a specific topic, power posing, smiling and getting a massage. If all of this doesn’t contribute to a healthier life, there are plenty of other products and services that might help.

In Norway, schools have chosen to replace desk chairs for balls. It seems that by sitting on these balls you train your muscles, you remain in balance and it would also ensure that you pay better attention. Great choice to introduce this to the new generations. Prevent instead of cure.

In Amsterdam a new center was set up, called Bluebirds. In the busy streets of Amsterdam a place was created where you can fully relax. Besides yoga, healings and massages are also provided. You can even go there for acupuncture and coaching in the field of nutrition and consciousness. A combination of health, nutrition and exercise are located under one roof.

Dubai opened the pop-up Nap Bar. Throughout the day you can go here for an afternoon nap. This is done in cooperation with a carpenter who is specialized in sleep furniture. The Nap Bar provides a nap pillow and poncho, an original lullaby, a special herb tea and essential oils. It is an ideal place to relax, de-stress and recharge when you are having a hysterical day. Something else that is good to know, is that by not to using a pillow while sleeping, will contribute to a healthier life. There is a part of your brains that is only active at night, the glymphatic system. This makes sure that toxins and proteins are removed from the brain so that the brain can function properly. If this is not done properly, it can cause different diseases like Alzheimer and Parkinson. The best way to get this system in motion is by sleeping on your side without a pillow. Furthermore, pillows can also cause head- and neck aches and it might malfunction your blood flow.

The concept of what a healthy life is differs from various people. The WHO defined health in 1948 as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Since that moment, the definition has never been changed. Until now, because a new understanding of the concept has been given. It puts performance, resilience and self-control central. The new concept of health is: “Health as the ability to adapt and to self manage, in the face of social, physical and emotional challenges.

Good health is an important factor for a happy life. Find a way to escape your daily stimuli, de-stress and get rid of your sleepless nights.

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