Friday, November 22, 2013

Daytime Naps Proven to Be Helpful if Done Correctly

Recent studies have found that people who nap periodically throughout the day will actually be more productive than their around-the-clock, energy drink-consuming counterparts. The idea is that napping is a way to "reset the mind" in order to get away from stressful reality for a moment and recharge the body.

Every medical, law, or graduate student would love to admit that napping is beneficial, but they would most likely explain that their time is limited and they would rather spend it preparing for their next test. However, many sleep experts agree that all it takes is a six-minute rest to receive many of the benefits of napping.

During a six-minute power nap, the brain is doing the equivalent of a computer restart. It doesn't have enough time to completely shut down (a full sleep cycle takes 90 minutes), but six minutes is enough time to help relax the mind and improve memory. People who often take six-minute naps will agree that their memory, mood, and alertness are improved after less than 10 minutes of sleep.

As a college student, I often found both six-minute and 90-minute naps to be beneficial. For example, after a stressful day of class, it is recommended to take 90 minutes to "recharge" before diving into homework and other studies. Going through a full 90-minute cycle means that the body goes in and out of deep sleep, which is what we do when sleeping fully at night. People who take 90-minute naps often wake up feeling energized, emotionally stable, and mentally productive. In other words, they wake up in the perfect state for homework.

Naps aren't all good, however. If you do not monitor your sleep and spend more or less time than 6 or 90 minutes, then you could be doing more harm than good. A 60-minute nap seems like a nice, round number, but 60 minutes doesn't allow you to complete an entire sleep cycle, so you will often wake up feeling more tired than when you started. Taking a nap any longer than 6 minutes, but shorter than 90 minutes, will cause this feeling.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rage and Alcohol to Blame for Retirement Home Murders

A Great Grandfather aged 66 told Investigators that he was filled with rage and extremely drunk on Brandy when he shot and killed two women, Deborah Socia, 59, and Maria Gonzalez, 61, with his MP5 assault rifle at a Detroit area Retirement Home. Mike Reda, the accused killer later told Detroit Police detectives that he had been dating the same woman for years. His neighbors befriended her and regularly kept her from him.
He was enraged over what he called persistent intrusions into his relationship. Reda claimed that he could no longer take their constant meddling. The day after the shooting he constantly asked detectives if the women survived. After finally learning they did not he simply stated. “This is really bad” That’s an understatement Mike.
Reda has seven children, and over two dozen grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Reda confronted Socia and another resident, Paul Fratangelo in the courtyard of the Retirement home. Reda stated that the weapon was accidentally discharged while he was pointing it at Socia’s head. After this point Reda made his way to Gonzalez’s apartment, kicked the door in and shot her twice in the head.
Fratangelo testified that he and Socia were sitting on a bench smoking a cigarette when Reda approached them. He ordered them to get on their knees and pray. Fratangelo said, “Mike, not this, Not like this. We’re both vets. I’m basically pleading with my life here” According to Fratangelo at this time Socia asked Reda “What are you doing?” After which he pointed the rifle at her and fired a single round.
911 Was called and residents looked for a First Aid kit, it was unfortunately too late.
Reda’s trial is scheduled to begin Monday November 11, 2013.