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The Right Diet for a Good Night’s Sleep

When you tell someone that you didn’t sleep well the night before, many will respond by asking what you ate. There are old myths about how your diet before bed can lead to certain kinds of dreams or certain kinds of sleep that go back thousands of years. For all the dismissiveness of some ancient wisdom, it does appear that there’s some truth behind this connection between what you eat and how you sleep.

Thanks to the advice at Silent Night Therapy, we’ve assembled some recommendations to make sure you catch up on all those z’s you’ve been missing out on lately.

To begin with, it appears you have to hit that sweet spot in your eating schedule in relation to your sleep. It’s best not to eat the last two to four hours before sleep, but you also have to avoid being hungry. This can lead to some challenges, which are best surmounted by eating healthy snack options. Silent Night recommends:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Peanut butter open-faced sandwich on whole wheat bread
  • Bananas
  • Turkey

All of those are pretty healthy. They aren’t too high on the simple sugars and they can feel substantial in your stomach, allowing you to avoid eating too much and having some trouble falling asleep.

Just as important as what you should eat is what you shouldn’t. Once again, Silent Night is on the case for us. They say to avoid:

  • Pizza
  • Burgers
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate

Really, when you get down to it, you could simply say: don’t eat junk food and don’t drink. Pizza and burgers are heavy and hard to digest; chocolate (particularly dark chocolate) can be great at the right time and in the proportion, but the caffeine in chocolate isn’t going to do you any favors at bedtime.

Alcohol is the most surprising item on that list, particularly since it is often associated with helping individuals fall asleep. However, alcohol apparently actually makes it harder to fall asleep, and it keeps you from sleeping deeply once you do fall asleep. Drinking before bed may therefore make you feel more tired than you otherwise would in the morning.

Looking at the lists above, you can see how a little bit of focus on healthier, filling options and avoiding unhealthy options can make all the difference. This isn’t really surprising. As with the rest of your day, eating right helps you stay healthy and it helps your body work correctly.

So, next time you are feeling a bit hungry before heading off to count sheep, be sure to steer clear of the heavy leftovers with heavy fats, the chocolate bar, and the wine and spirits. Instead, go for the sort of food you already know work better for your body anyway. Enjoy a cup of yogurt, eat a banana, and then head off to get all of your 40 winks.

Armed robbery: why did this happen?

What goes through someone’s mind when they rob another person?

I just can’t get into that mind frame. I consider myself a pretty liberal, sympathetic person, but it just seems completely beyond my worldview.

I bring this up because a friend of mine was held up the other day. They caught the guy who did it, and he wasn’t anything like I expected. Well, I expected it to be a man, I knew that from my friend, but this guy was fairly okay financially. He lived in the same building as my friend. He went to the same college as us. He doesn’t have any financial problems that I’ve heard about. I’ve actually met his sister before. She dropped a class I was in, but we had a chat in the class the one time she attended. It’s weird. What makes someone do that?

Drugs? I haven’t heard anything about them, but that makes sense. Was he in debt? I don’t know. I’m looking for explanations because I don’t want to contemplate the awful possibility that he just did it because it was something to do. I just don’t know how someone could frighten someone, steal from someone, hurt someone like that if they aren’t in an absolutely desperate situation.

There’s the old line about a Republican being a Democrat who got mugged, which has been on my mind lately. I do feel anger towards that man, but I’m not sure I feel any different politically. As upset as I am for my friend, I am also upset for this person, who is apparently looking at up to 25 years in prison because of this choice. Whether he is really desperate or he’s just a fool, that’s a lot of life to throw away for something that didn’t have to happen.

Maybe I’d feel differently if it had happened to me, or if my friend had been hurt physically and not just scared. Maybe I’ll feel different when I see him in court. Will he laugh or cry or just stare off? Will he express regret?

I just have so many questions, but right now, all I know is I wish it hadn’t happened. I wish this guy had found other options and made other choices. I wish my friend weren’t so frightened. She’s staying with me for now, and she’s not sleeping. It’s awful.

And I’m upset for her, I am enraged for her, but in my free moments, I don’t think about her specifically, or the event, I think about him, and I just wonder: why did he do it? Was there no moment beforehand when he had a second thought? Did he hate himself for doing it? Was he laughing? Has he done it before?

I just can’t understand it. That’s what keeps me up at night. It’s not that it makes me feel unsafe, I just don’t get it, and that is the most upsetting thing of all, at least for me.

Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

Abuse and neglect are some of the most common problems in nursing homes. Abuse happens when the patient receives unreasonable force, while neglect happens when the patient does not receive his or her appropriate medical needs.

Sexual Abuse

Abuse can manifest in many forms, such as physical abuse, wherein the patient receives incidental force that can cause physical harm. But one of the most controversial forms is sexual abuse. Yes, even the elderly population is vulnerable to sexual abuse, and when you think about it, it is quite tragic.
Sexual abuse occurs when a patient experiences non-consensual and unwanted sexual contact, may it be from another patient or a nursing home staff. Whoever the suspect is, it is the nursing home staff’s responsibility to ensure that their patients are in safe environments, so they can also be blamed even if it is not directly their fault.

Signs

You put your loved one in a nursing home because of many reasons. One of those reasons is that your loved one is already physically limited. This may also mean that he or she may not be able to tell you that he or she is experiencing sexual abuse. So, you are the one who should look at the signs to determine what is really happening in the nursing home while you are not around. Below are some of the most common signs of sexual abuse in the nursing home:

  • Sudden change of behavior, especially in the presence of a particular person
  • Sudden emergence of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Signs of abuse in the body, such as bruises in the wrists
  • Signs of abuse in clothing, such as bloodstains
  • Unexplained changes in attitude, including irritability and social withdrawal
  • Unexplained injuries, especially those that involve the genital, anal, and pelvic areas

What You Can Do

Of course, the emergence of these signs does not necessarily mean that sexual abuse is taking place, but once you see them, it is a good idea to take precautions.
Also, according to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, those who have suffered from nursing home abuse, including sexual abuse, may have legal options, such as pursuing compensation for the pain and suffering.
It is good to know that the court favors the victims on these cases. After all, nobody deserves to be treated badly, especially the elderly people who cannot defend themselves.

Possible Consequences of Drunk Driving

Drinking and driving is one of the most dangerous combinations on the road. Drinking too much can have negative effects on the body, compromising the drinker’s driving skills and putting him or her in danger of accidents. In fact, the drunk driver is not just the only one in danger, because the passengers and the other motorists around him or her are also at risk.

Fines

One of the possible consequences of drunk driving is paying a fine. This penalty can range from hundreds to even thousands of dollars. Usually, the payable amount depends on how high the driver’s blood alcohol content level is. The legal alcohol content level can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but the threshold is typically at 0.08%.

Jail Time

Drunk driving can be a misdemeanor or a felony. Most of the time, a misdemeanor is elevated into a felony if another party has been hurt. There are also instances where the elevation does not involve injury. The mere presence of children may be enough to raise a misdemeanor into a felony. Associated with these types of offenses are jail times.

License suspension

A drunk driver’s license can also be suspended or revoked. This penalty can last up to 10 years. The duration of the penalty is determined by some factors, such as the gravity of the offense, the number of times the offense has been committed by the driver, and the driver’s blood alcohol content level.

Ignition interlock

This is a device installed in the driver’s vehicle to detect his or her blood alcohol content level. If the driver’s BAC reaches a certain amount, the vehicle will fail to start. This penalty can last months or years, also depending on the factors stated above.

Damages of Consequences

These consequences can have a devastating impact in your life. However, DUI charges can be defended. Defending these charges can help minimize the consequences, not to mention the damages you can sustain from them, such as financial burdens, employment issues, and the lack of comfort in traveling.

Workplace Accidents: The Hazard of Heavy Machinery

In America, individuals working in the construction industry make up majority of those most vulnerable to workplace accidents and injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OHSA, reports of fatal injury rates in construction work are much greater than the national fatality rates for other types of employment opportunities in the private industry sector. Based on their data on construction site accidents, people in construction work face a significant amount of risk compared to others because of the many hazards that are typically available in their work environment. No other types of work require hazards such as scaling heights through scaffolding, being exposed to certain toxic substances, as well as operating heavy machinery and equipment.

The use of heavy machinery is a particular cause of concern due to the fact that they are so prevalent in construction sites. Heavy equipment allows workers to perform the most physically excruciating tasks. Machines like forklifts, cranes, bulldozers and loaders are incredibly powerful, and, as such, they also require very careful operation. The smallest error or malfunction in construction site machinery can lead to devastating consequences. The hazards that come with such equipment can only be compounded by lack of upkeep and maintenance. Workers that aren’t properly trained to operate these machines could also end up endangering themselves and their co-workers.

Employers can prevent workplace accidents by adapting safety practices that can mitigate the risks involved in using heavy machinery. Construction firms should be responsible for training their employees and making sure all their equipment receive regular maintenance. Failure to follow through with these practices can be considered an act of negligence, which could then lead to devastating accidents for the workers who put their lives at risk to perform their required tasks.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident caused by malfunctions in the equipment you used, the law awards you the right to seek proper compensation through the appropriate channels. One of the options you can look into is pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.

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