5 amazing facts about sleep you have never heard of

This is a thing that all of us do every single night, from the beginning of our life to the end, we will not count the crazy all night parties and studying sessions, since they don’t happen that often, and yet, we know so little regarding sleep. All we know is that without it, we cannot function normally, and if we want to have a good quality sleep and feel rested in the morning, we have to own one of the top rated mattresses. To make the unknown area a bit more familiar, we have decided to write down 5 facts about sleep that you probably haven’t heard of.

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1.     Humans willingly stay awake even when they are sleepy

We, humans, are the only mammals that are most of the times willingly delaying sleep. As for the rest of the mammals like cats, dogs, and even dolphins, they all just fall asleep when their body says it is time to sleep. They don’t have thoughts like: “I have to catch one more mouse” or “Just one more mailman to chase” or “Just a few back flips over the waves and I will go to bed” they just fall asleep when they feel sleepy. On the other hand, humans delay sleeping for numerous reasons like: Finishing all the paperwork for tomorrow, or watching another episode of Breaking Bad, or waiting your child to come back from a weekend night out.

2.     The higher the altitude, the worse you will sleep

The higher you go, the more problems you will have with your normal sleep cycle. But this usually affects those who are at the altitudes of 13,200 feet or higher. Scientists say that the reason for having sleep disorders on such altitudes is the lower level of oxygen, and that this causes changes in breathing, hence, the sleeping disorders. Usually people get used to this level of oxygen and regain their normal sleep cycles after spending 2 or 3 weeks at this altitude.

3.     Staying awake for more than 17 hours makes you “drunk”

If you stay awake for more than 17 hours, your productivity will be lower than normal, and your motor skills, attention, and judgment, will act like when you have the level of alcohol in your blood at0.5%. This means that the level of your ability to drive safely is quite low, and you will make less rational decisions regarding your capabilities. Scientist have proven that, in this state, humans are not at all good when it comes to estimating our own sleep-related deterioration. This means that even if you think that sleeping only 4 to 5 hours daily is enough for you to function normally, the facts say that you are wrong.

4.     Fear of sleepFear of sleep

This actually exists, and it happens to people who have frequent nightmares, or have gone through some traumatic events, or when people are stressed when they don’t have enough time to finish some tasks. The diagnosis of this sleep disorder is called Somniphobia. But, you must have in mind that avoiding sleep always causes problems with physical and mental health, and it can likewise cause depression.

5.     Noise disturbs sleep quality

Even while you sleep, your brain registers noises around you. Noises like loud cars on the outside, doors slamming, or loud music in the next room, even if they don’t wake you up, they can compromise the quality of your sleep, especially if your brain registers them in the first hour of your sleep, and in the last two hours. This might cause nightmares as well as you getting up in the morning tired, even though you slept the entire time without waking up.

 

Tips & Tricks For Better Quilting

My last couple of articles have been about quilting and its history. In this article I will go a bit deeper into quilting. Quilting in itself is the process of making quilts. Quilts on the other hand are of different types. The basic difference is in the making process. There are two types of quilting that are done today. First is hand quilting, and another is machine quilting. As far as this article is concerned I will only discuss about hand quilting.

Quilting is an interesting thing to do. People do quilting differently – for different types of quilts there are different techniques. So in a whole, quilting is an exciting form of handicraft activity which requires skill, dedication and patience.

I started with a very simplified technique of my own at the beginning. When I got into it deeply, I studied about other techniques before applying those. I am briefly writing about four quilting techniques in this article. I hope you will find it helpful.

  • Applique quiltsApplique: My first preference is the technique called a It is one of the most easy and popular quilting techniques. It refers to a sewing technique where the upper layer of a fabric is sewn onto a ground fabric. The raw edges of the upper fabric are tucked beneath the design minimizing raveling. Quilters have the freedom to choose the shape of the upper fabric. The stitches need to be strong so that the fabric remains tightly knitted.
  • Reverse applique quiltReverse Applique: Another technique that can be used is the reverse applique. Like the name refers it is the opposite of the applique technique. In this technique the ground fabric is placed on another fabric. Then the raw edges of the ground fabric are tucked under and then the newly folded edge is sewn down to the lower fabric. The stitches are made as inconspicuous as possible. This technique can be used coherently with the classic applique technique to create variation in design.
  • Trapunto quiltTrapunto: Another technique that I like is named trapunto. I enjoy this quilting technique very much as it is a very technical one. It requires a lot of skill to apply. It is not for the newbie by any means. Only skilled quilters use this technique. It is used to make a quilt look exotic or aesthetic.
  • Foundation piecing methodFoundation Piecing: This is also known as paper quilting. In earlier days, scrap fabric or muslin were used for the quilting base. No heavy papers like tracing paper and freezer paper have become popular for use as patterns or quilt blocks. These quilt blocks are of same size and have precise, sharp points to match together perfectly. A compact stitch is used for sewing the quilt blocks together. Later the paper base is torn away and a perfectly shaped fabric top is left behind.

I think the techniques that I mentioned would be very helpful and beneficial to you. I recommend you to watch videos or read more about the techniques before applying in real scenarios. As usual, you can always consult about any quilting activities if you wish.

Quilting – Where Did It All Start?

Hello everyone – my well wishes to you and your family. In my last article I wrote about quilting and my thoughts on it. This article however is about the history and legacy of the art of quilting. Some of you may already know about the ancient roots of quilting. I am writing for those who are yet alienated from the art of quilting. Those who have historical knowledge about it are welcome to share their thoughts in the comment section.

No-one can tell exactly when the process of quilting started. Probably some random person made a blanket or clothing in a different way which captured people’s attention and people started improvising.

Quilting in middle ageThe earliest known quilt is from the age of Pharaohs of the Egyptian First Dynasty which dates back to 3400 BC. So quilting might have started before that period. Archeologists over the years discovered various quilted garments which are from ancient times. A quilted floor covering in Mongolia was discovered in 1924 which is thought to have been made in the period between 100 BC to 200 AD. Quilting was very popular during the Middle Ages. It was worn by soldiers for comfort and protection during that period.

The earliest known surviving European bed quilt is from late 14th century Sicily which was made of linen and padded with wool. The quilt is a big piece of garment in display at Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It was an important part of the European needlework tradition during the 5th century.

America has its own quilting history as well. During the Colonial Times, most American women used to spin, weave and make clothing. The wealthier class had a penchant in doing fine quilting of whole cloth quilts with fine needlework.

Quilts during that time were actually whole cloth quilts. Broderie quilts and medallion quilts were quite common then. “Paper” quilting became quite popular during the pioneer days. Summer quilts were also made at that time.

Quilting was also a common practice among Native Americans. Different tribes used to make quilts which depicted their cultural and religious way of living. The Hawaiian people were also well versed in quilting as well. They have their own style of making quilts.

Quilting as it refers is not only the process for making quilts. However, it is far more than that. A quilt speaks for the quilter and his/her life, family, culture and society. It is like a canvas for the quilter where he/she puts the necessary stitches and designs to evoke his/her emotion on it.

This is my simple effort to present a brief history and tradition of quilting for you guys. I hope you like the article. Any questions and/or feedback are most welcome.

Why I Love Quilting

Quilting in a groupI love keeping myself busy with work or hobbies. At this old age I am still passionate about living a good a life as ever. Quite frankly I do not have much to do as an old granny. Therefore, I enjoy doing handicraft.

Quilting is one of the activities that I enjoy. It keeps me busy during the lonely days that I spend at home when everyone’s out. It also helps me pass time when I can’t sleep at night. I have been doing this for quite a few years now and learned a lot with time. It’s not just about making a blanket or a piece of woven cloth. Rather quilting is a type of art.

It lets you express a lot of feelings, ideas and stories. So quilting has been a very favorite hobby of mine lately. I have made quite a lot of quilts over the years. I use quilts to decorate our house. I also make quilts commemorating special occasions.
Some of you may not be familiar with the term ‘Quilting’. In simple words it is the procedure to create a quilt or quilted garments. The process involves the sewing of two of more layers of material together to form a thick padded material. It also involves stitching, designing, piecing, applique and binding. Although the basic type of quilting is done by hand, now a lot of people use sewing machines or a specialized technique calledlLongarm.

Quilting in a group old timeQuilting is an age old tradition. Its roots can be traced back to three millenniums at least. It is one of the primary types of textile. It is much more personal than commercial. Quilting is mostly done by females, in particular, housewives or young girls.

Those of you who have plenty of free time on hand and wonder about what can be done to utilize the moment, can ponder about doing some quilting. It is not a very difficult thing to do. Although you will need some sewing or designing skills, these can be acquired by practice and patience. Those who have good skills in sewing, but have never tried it might find a new sort of handicraft adventure. I am saying it out of my personal experience.

I was always into sewing as most women were before the modern garment revolution begun. Most mothers would sew clothes for her family members back in the days. Now it’s a different time and different culture. Although there are factory made quilts sold in market, such quilts do not have the appeal like the quilts that a mother makes out of her emotion and love.

So those who suffer from boredom and loneliness can get involved in quilting. It doesn’t take much to do this really. All you need is some clothes, sewing materials and a quiet place. You can start doing it by yourself, or take help from experienced quilters. I would post some in depth articles about quilting which you might find helpful as well. For now I call it a day. Happy quilting people.