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How Sleep Helps To Lower Your Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that damages your heart and affects millions of people worldwide. And, with a busy life, you’re living in today, it’s becoming harder and harder to get enough rest each night. But, trying to go through life without getting enough sleep is very detrimental to your health. In fact, according to research, as an adult, if you’re getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night you’re increasing your chances of developing high blood pressure and other health conditions like weight gain, sleep apnea, heart disease, etc. Sleep is the most effective way of helping your body get rid of excess stress hormones that accumulate during the day.

Lack of sleep increases your stress hormone levels which increases inflammation in your body. Inflammation causes your blood vessels to become narrow and constricted which increases your blood pressure levels. Nowadays, not many people get enough sleep, which is why there is a rise in the number of people developing obesity. If you’re obese you will most likely develop sleep apnea which affects the quality of your sleep. Sleep apnea obstructs the proper flow of oxygen to your body which increases your chances of developing diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease in obese people.

Readjusting your inner clock


Before the invention of the light bulb, our ancestors got up with the sun and went to sleep sometime after sundown. They were never fatigued or spent at the end of the day because they lived according to the rhythm of life. Like the animals that are active during the summer and rested during the winter, they allowed their bodies to rest according to the seasons. Fast forward to today, one way to help you readjust your inner clock and get in touch with your circadian rhythms is to take melatonin, a substance your body produces naturally that will help you get deep sleep.

Another way is to turn down all your electronics, TV, and other devices by 10 pm at the latest. When you don’t get enough sleep it affects your mood, behavior, makes you more susceptible to pain, and weakens your immune system.

What is hypertension or high blood pressure?

Hypertension also is known as high blood pressure occurs when there is too much pressure in your arteries which prevents blood from being properly pumped through your body. This causes your heart to work extra hard to pump blood which puts a strain on your heart reducing its functioning capacity. After some time, hypertension can cause serious cardiovascular diseases like stroke and congestive heart failure.

Having a weak heart makes you susceptible to other vulnerabilities as you grow older. However, high blood pressure is a treatable condition. With a healthy diet, exercise, and enough sleep your blood pressure can be well maintained. Also, it’s advisable to get regular blood pressure checkups to help take care of any early symptoms before they become serious problems later.

How you can use sleep to help with high blood pressure

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If your family has a history of hypertension, you should get checked because high blood pressure is hereditary. Catching it early will help reduce your risk of having bigger problems in the future. Sleep is an important part of your treatment plan just like diet and exercise.

Get a comfortable mattress

If your bed causes you to wake up in the morning with aches and pains, it’s time to get an upgrade. Sleeping on the same mattress for more than 8 years means that you aren’t sleeping well and you’re so accustomed to it that you don’t realize it. Getting the right mattress that suits your personal preference and sleeping needs is a good step at attaining deep sleep. Mattresses that have great cushioning, comfort, and support like the Casper mattresses, for example, will help in getting rid of aches and pains to give you a good night’s rest. There will be less tossing and turning in the middle of the night and your body will be well-rested and rejuvenated the next day.

Practice good sleep hygiene

Apart from your mattress, you should change your view on sleep and how it can help manage your blood pressure. This includes the things you can do to help get a good night’s rest like; Avoid eating carbs that give you energy before you go to sleep because he will keep you awake. A lighter meal is better a few hours before you go to bed to allow your body proper digestion. Also, switch off all your electronic devices 30 minutes before bed.

Take a warm shower, read a relaxing book, or whatever relaxes your body and mind before bed to promote sleep. Once you’re under the covers, focus on sleeping so that your brain associates your bed with sleeping. Doing this every night helps you to fall asleep faster when you enter your bed.

Using beddings infused with celliant

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As part of your bed, the beddings you use also have to be made of the right material. Although this might be a product that isn’t familiar with everyone, celliant is a technology that is used in sportswear to help increase blood flow in the athlete’s body to help them perform better and reduce pain. The fiber that is used is insulated with thermo-reactive minerals that convert the heat from your body into infrared light. This light helps to increase blood flow to your body providing more oxygen to your organs and essential nutrients that help reduce body soreness. Increasing your blood flow as you sleep with celliant-infused beddings will also help in improving your blood pressure levels.

Other things you can do to help improve your blood pressure include; deep breathing or meditation, reducing your sugar and carbs intake, no smoking, losing weight, managing your stress levels, cutting back on caffeine, eating more foods rich in potassium, reducing sodium intake, and exercising regularly.

Final thoughts

High blood pressure is a treatable condition that doesn’t have to disrupt your daily life. Sleep is an integral part of your life and when you get enough sleep it not only helps manage your blood pressure, it also improves your mood and the health of your brain. When you live in harmony with your body you reap numerous benefits.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Behind The Mask: New Documentary On DeadMau5

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Guest post by Jorge Ramos

The great DeadMau5 has teamed up with the people from Tidal, a streaming music platform, in order to do and release a new documentary about him. The piece is now available exclusively on their platform and is about the artist’s last presentation during the 2019 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida.

Joel Zimmerman has been in the industry for a long time, since 1998 he’s been working on the plates, but only got to mix and produce his first album during 2005, “Get Scraped”. A year later “Vexillology” both with little information on the internet about the sales, mainly because he was known online, but wasn´t in the public eye.

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After 2 years, the producer launched” Random Album Title” being internationally claimed. The song “Brazil” has been sampled by many artists, such as Kylie Minogue, and reached number 3 on the UK Official Charts Company during 2008. “For Lack of a Better Name” was dropped during September 2009, and made it even better reaching UK #1 dance album.

“4×4=12” was released in 2010, under Virgin Records, one hour and ten minutes of progressive House and techno house music, that received a 66 out of 100 by Metacritic, although it was recognized didn’t scale that high on the charts.

During 2012 he released “Album Title goes here”, which had the same lunch as the preview’s album. But 2 years later in 2014, he dropped “While 1 is less than 2” the album was critically acclaimed Billboard gave it a 4,5/5, and Spin an 8/10, making it to the No.1 both in the US and UK dance/ Techno Charts. The next record was “W:/2016Album/” was dropped in 2016 with a regular performance overall.

His music is famous and so are his remixes. If you are one to bet in the NFL odds, you probably heard his cover of Rope, a remix from the Foo Fighters original, being played during the commercials throughout the last seasons.

Being as famous and notorious as he is, the Canadian DJ, producer and composer has reached global renown. That’s why there’s this new documentary coming out, it is called “Wild Things: Life Inside The mau5trap” and it’s a 25-minute piece about his last show during Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida.

The film, made by the music streaming platform TIDAL, “shows rare behind-the-scenes footage and exploring the musical perspectives and processes of the mau5trap collective” according to the site Mixmag. They added that they’d show the whole group, featuring artists such as Rinzen, Monstergetdown, No Mana, Jay Robinson, and Zimmerman himself.

The documentary is especially looking to give us an optic in the building of his career, how the big mouse head is now global icon not related uniquely to Disney’s mascot, Mickey Mouse. That’s worth mentioning, they had a legal dispute that was settled out of court.

The iconic Mau5head, is so famous that is playable and appears as an Easter egg in many videogames, such as Rocket League. Most of the concerts he plays are attended by thousands of people wearing a copy of said headwear.

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Going back to Deadmau5’ career he’s been in a little pause after a rough couple of years. In October of 2018, he twitted comments that were taken as “blatantly homophobic and transphobic” and had to apologize later on.

A few days after the incident he commented during a gaming stream that a track made by Slushii was “AIDS Music” and that for him it was “Autistic Sh?=”, to which Slushii didn´t hesitate to respond and said it was very disappointing for him. Zimmerman had to publicly apologize for it too.

And most lately in February 2019, the DJ was banned from the gaming streaming platform Twitch for hate speech after throwing homophobic slurs at a player. It happened during a match of Battle Royale in the Unknown Battlegrounds.

Controversy apart, his career and music are still there to enjoy. The DJ’s new Documentary is now available only in TIDAL and it might be a very interesting segment about a nonetheless iconic figure of the Electronic Genre.

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Make Your Corporate Party Unforgettable With Circus Acts For Hire

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The circus reminds us of something fun and exciting and, at the same time, a bit nostalgic because it reminds us of childhood when we mostly enjoyed performances and acrobatics. And most people probably think that corporate events can’t fit into the same context with circus entertainment, but they are wrong.

Business owners and executives organize corporate events for several reasons. Gatherings outside the company are an excellent way of strengthening corporate culture. People seeing each other in a more relaxed atmosphere than the office can get along better than when someone is supervising them all the time.

If you want to create a great party that your guests will remember for a long time, think about circus acts for hire. That’s something you can’t see often. Your invitees will be pleasantly surprised with the show, as something outstanding that pops out of the dull routine of organizing corporate events.

Themed Party

Whether you have an in-house party planner or you hire an agency to help, you can always suggest your ideas on how to make your event unforgettable. Depending on what your goal is and who are the guests, party organizers can come up with the topic of the gathering.

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Circus acts are not suitable for events that require focus and full attention, like seminars, presentations, or award ceremonies. These performers are a better fit with the informal gathering, with a goal to have fun, relax, and create better connections between colleagues and business associates.

Some casual get-togethers can be in the form of a themed party. It should represent a company culture and, at the same time, be exciting and fun. This type of party suits for minor companies, with a friendly atmosphere and tight relations among employees. Bigger organizations prefer more formal events, but they can sometimes make an exception and let their employees and associates have fun and relax.

Victorian Theme

You planned a casual event, but without too much noise or excitement. One suggestion can be a Victorian party, which can be a great option for events like auctions or fundraisings. You can hire jugglers, mime artists, or living statues.

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These artists perform independently, without the participation of the audience. Whether inside or outside, you can revive decadent Victorian period with circus acts reminding of how people entertained back in the days.

Carnival or Circus Theme

If you want to have a family-friendly corporate event, you can opt for a carnival-themed party. In this case, you can stage a real spectacle with magicians, fire dancers, acrobats, or any other type of entertainers. Think of renting the tent or an open space suitable for an improvised fair.

Some performers, such as already mentioned mime artists, living statues, or human tables, can wade through the crowd. More active artists with additional equipment will need a particular stage or space to do tricks and acrobatics. This segment of your corporate event can be announced, and you can leave it as a surprise.

Playing with Fire

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Artists who use fire in their performances are a spectacle. While people will be delighted with their flame play, guest safety and space safety should be a priority for a party organizer. Generally, fire performers are not a good option for corporate events that take place indoors. There is always the risk of a flame getting in touch with some hazardous material or substance.

However, if you still want a fire spectacle indoors, cooperate only with reputable agencies whose performers are fully insured and who deliver full safety equipment. Check the area where you plan to stage the show and make sure there are enough fire extinguishers.

Ask a company to send someone to check the place before the party. If the experts estimate it’s not safe to perform a show for some reason, you can find many other circus acts that can be a decent replacement for fire artists. A full list of circus performances is on this link.

There is no doubt that your business event will attract a lot of attention if you organize an impressive party for the guests. It can be a great way to promote and bring other benefits to the company if you succeed in having an outstanding corporate event.

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10 Benefits Of Music In Our Schools

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Guest article written by Bobby Sanchez.

In the age when digitalization is changing everything from future workplaces and occupations to the way we educate children, art and music become even more critical. Even the companies at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence like Chinese Alibaba give music a special place in education. Alibaba founder Jack Ma said: “I think we should teach our kids sports, music, painting – the arts – to make sure that they are different. Everything we teach should make them different from machines.”

10 Benefits Of Music In Our Schools
Even without the threat of being replaced with AI machines, there are significant benefits of music education. Music in schools can positively impact students in many levels, and we made a list of 10 most significant benefits of music in our schools.

Importance of music education

Music education can spark success in other subjects. The study showed that students that played music instruments had improved brain development. Benefits of music education are numerous, and here are some of the most important.

1. Improved test scores
Programs with an excellent music education can amp up your test scores in other subjects. A study showed that the students involved in some sort of musical education achieve better SAT scores. The 20% difference is quite an improvement and should not be overlooked.

2. Better cognitive skills
Music education can boost students spatial intelligence, which means they have improved the ability to visualize elements that go together. This can be helpful in math, art, engineering, and computer problems. This can make students highly effective.

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3. Increased memory capacity

Playing music and improvising, or just following the sheet, students that practice is playing an instrument use memory to perform. Similar to muscle memory in sports, actual brain memory used in music can benefit students greatly in their academic chores.

4. Coordination mastery
Playing an instrument is a skill, and practicing playing a guitar or piano (or any other instrument) can improve hand-eye coordination. It will also benefit the motor skills, which translates ideally into studying skillset.

5. Language development
Musical education has a direct impact on language skills because it develops specific parts of the brain and the way information is processed, which improves language skills like reading, literacy, and reading comprehension. If you struggle with literature assignments, EduBirdie AU can help when student life becomes too complicated or overwhelming.

6. Become more creative
Playing music instruments lights up many parts of the brain. This results in various benefits, and one of them is a spark in creativity. Music education enhances creative, critical, and abstract thinking. It helps with problem-solving, as well as with improvisations.

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7. Math skills

This coincides with spatial intelligence improvement, but since math is base for so many fields, it’s worth mentioning that music education improves math skills. Percussion and rhythm instruments are especially effective in achieving better math results.

8. Social intelligence and development
There are several ways music education improves social status. Besides the apparent benefits of self-esteem and boost in social interactions, music develops an appreciation for other people. Musical education emphasizes supporting each other and striving for a common goal, which, in the end, plays a significant role in emotional intelligence.


9. Reducing stress

Listening, as well as active participation in music, can significantly reduce stress level. Music is one of the joys people have, and it’s a natural way to relax and get stress relief from likable music. Another benefit to overall physical and mental condition is through breathing and posture exercises that music education provides, and they all benefit the stress reduction.

10. Discipline
It looks seamless when Angus Young crushes his Gibson guitar on “Let there be rock” rock anthem, but it takes enormous practice time and discipline to transform the talent into a hall of fame performance. Hours and hours of practice time and discipline within the performance itself can be beneficial to other academic needs.

Bottom line

The importance of music education is, without a doubt, exceptional. It’s worth it if you just get pointers for general knowledge on history, compositors or facts. Learning how you can make or perform music adds another useful layer that translates into better performance in other subjects. Playing an instrument or singing often needs great teamwork, coordination, and a complex set of skills to perform at a high level. Music in schools Is crucial part that separates essential people skills in the face of the upcoming machine-driven economy. Music helps your brain development; it can boost creativity but also other brain enhancements that include improved math skills.

Guest article written by: Bobby Sanchez is a seasoned professional freelancer with the passion for content creation. With academic writing needs in focus, he will deliver the same passion to a case study, report writing, or research paper. Years of experience as a highly-skilled freelance writer means he understands what it takes to make quality content, and it’s his mission to share his ability with others.

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5 Sports To Enjoy The Great Outdoors This Summer

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Summer is a good time to spend your days outside, soaking up the sun and using the longer days to your advantage. If you’re looking for a good way to get outside more this summer, why not pick up a new hobby? Try one of these five sports to stay fit and have fun in the great outdoors.

5 Great Outdoor Summer Sports

1. Running
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the summer weather is to go for an energizing run. You don’t really need any equipment and you can go running from almost anywhere without traveling. If you like being competitive, sign up for a local race or two and start training.

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Jog around your own neighborhood or at a local park for a more relaxed workout or run up a mountain trail for an intense cross-country workout. Wherever you go, you’ll be able to breathe in the fresh air and feel the wind and sun. Keep your endurance up over the winter by running at an indoor track or on a treadmill if it’s too cold or snowy outside.

2. Biking
If running isn’t your idea of a good time, biking can offer similar benefits and more options for long-distance outings. Biking can be a low intensity or high-intensity sport, depending on how you do it and where you ride. It’s also easier on your knees and other joints because they won’t be making a direct impact with the ground.

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Biking is a lot of fun by yourself or with a group, and it can be used as a practical way of getting around a pleasurable activity to enjoy your time outdoors. You can keep your fitness up with an exercise bike during the colder months, but you might as well get out and enjoy the fresh air over the summer.

3. Kayaking/Canoeing
There’s not much that can compare to getting out on a lake, river, or large body of water and gliding around on the smooth waves. You can choose between a more leisurely paddle around a calm lake or an intense, exciting trip through white water rapids on a river.

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Both kayaks and canoes are suitable for individual use, though kayaks are a little easier to manage by yourself. Canoes can carry more than one person, allowing you to turn it into a social activity without needing a second boat. From the water, you get an amazing view of your surroundings and the opportunity to discover new places outside.

4. Surfing (All Varieties)
You need to be near either the ocean or another large body of water to try any type of surfing, but all styles of surfing are a fun way to interact with nature this summer. Catch some waves on a traditional surfboard or try the more extreme version with windsurfing or kitesurfing. Whatever you choose, you’ll be out on the water, keeping cool and enjoying all the beauty around you.


5. Golf

Walking around a gorgeous golf course and enjoying the trees, water features, sand, and grass sounds like a great way to spend a summer afternoon. There are tons of incredible golf courses all over the world, so you can even enjoy this sport while you’re on vacation to get a taste of the natural beauty in places far from home. Order a set of pre-owned golf clubs and you’ll be ready to start playing right away!

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Alternatively, you could play a modern variation of golf if you want to change it up a bit. Try out something like disc golf, footgolf, or even miniature golf to enjoy the outdoor experience in a slightly different way.

The great outdoors is calling for you. Head to your local golf course, river, beachfront, park, or mountain trail to get a few good hours of sport this week.

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5 Key Tips For Designing Album Art In The Digital Age

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It’s important to know how to design your album art in the digital age. Keep reading for 5 key tips for designing album art in the digital age.

It has become easier than ever for musicians to be able to create their own album. You don’t need a record deal with a huge label to get your talent out there. Everything can be done inhouse if you have the right equipment and know-how to do it.

One of the biggest decisions to make when marketing your new album is what to put on the album cover. Album Art is not only a pretty design to catch the attention of fans but can also be a collector’s item in its own right.

Keep reading for 5 tips for designing album art in this digital age.

1. What’s the Thumbnail Look Like?

Your digital art album cover will appear as a thumbnail more than anything else when people are viewing music choices online. How does your album art appear as a thumbnail? You’ll want to consider this when designing your album cover for online sales. Some artwork will look great when printing an album cover or creating a concert poster but end up looking distorted or lackluster in a small thumbnail icon.

2. More Art Fewer Words

Album covers of the past often were filled with lyrics and URLs as an artistic statement or for added flare but in the digital age, it doesn’t always translate well into a thumbnail.

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There are now millions of CDs with outdated Myspace addresses and website URLs that are long gone. It’s always good to ensure you have a stable and accessible site and social media profiles to include so when fans visit the page five years from now they’ll still find their favorite band rather than an error page saying the site doesn’t exist.

You, of course, want to include your band website somewhere on your album but it’ll be most effective if you include something to entice fans to interact with you on social media and your website as well.

Rather than filling your cover with lyrics you could direct them to your website with all your lyrics on it. Taking up the whole inside or back of your cover with lyrics may be counterproductive since they can be easily accessed online and there may be more pertinent information you could include.

3. Think About the Print

Even though many of your listeners will buy and access the digital copy of your album you’ll still want to ensure it looks good on a CD and LP cover too.

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Many music aficionados have returned to vinyl and CDs for their music collection and finding the best album art is a big part of that.

But for CDs and albums sitting on a shelf, you’ll want to make sure your album and band name are clearly displayed on the spine so that fans can easily find your music when they’re in the mood to hear your tunes.

4. Offer More

You can use your album art and design to encourage fans to interact with you online. The more striking and unique your album cover is, the more interest it will drum up. You may get free publicity simply by designing album art that sparks interest and is so intriguing fans share and promote it to their followers and friends.

Many artists are offering bonus songs, activities, and promotions on their website and will give exclusive access to digital downloads and other bonuses for fans who buy their album.

5. Get Creative

You don’t have to stick to the classic photo of the band when the only thing limiting your creativity is your imagination itself. Hold a brainstorming session with everyone involved. You could even gain popularity and publicity through a contest asking fans to choose or submit suggestions for your next album cover.

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Think Hard About Your Album Art

The artwork you choose as your album art cover will forever represent that body of work for you. It can make or break the overall success of an album for collectors and can impact your future as an artist.

Take your time and think about what you want to represent your work and get the opinions of those you trust. This is not a decision you want to rush into because it is one that lasts forever. Be sure to bookmark our site today for easy access to all our music tips and knowledge.

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