I have not done manual labor in years, and so I guess I was pretty stupid to work as hard as I did yesterday. I seemed to have really pulled some muscles in my back, and it feels pretty bad today. I am not sure what I can do, other than to go see a chiropractor. That sounds like a pretty good idea, so I will look up a phone number for a Bakersfield chiropractor. It is kind of early in the day, so maybe there is still a chance that I might be able to go and see a chiropractor today. I am not sure if that will happen, or not, but it would be nice, because I am in a lot of pain and it hurts to just walk around my house and simple stuff like that.
For example, I was making myself a sandwich earlier, and I dropped a knife on the ground. When I bent over to pick the knife up, my back hurt really bad, and I nearly lost my balance and fell to the ground. Continue reading
We have so many demands on our time—jobs, family, errands—not to mention finding some time to relax. To fit everything in, we often sacrifice sleep. But sleep affects both mental and physical health. It’s vital to your well-being.
Of course, sleep helps you feel rested each day. But while you’re sleeping, your brain and body don’t just shut down. Internal organs and processes are hard at work throughout the night.
“Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood,” says Dr. Merrill Mitler, a sleep expert and neuroscientist at NIH.
You’re chatting with friends at a party and a waitress comes around with glasses of champagne. You drink one, then another, maybe even a few more. Before you realize it, you are laughing more loudly than usual and swaying as you walk. By the end of the evening, you are too slow to move out of the way of a waiter with a dessert tray and have trouble speaking clearly. The next morning, you wake up feeling dizzy and your head hurts. You may have a hard time remembering everything you did the night before.
These reactions illustrate how quickly and dramatically alcohol affects the brain. The brain is an intricate maze of connections that keeps our physical and psychological processes running smoothly. Disruption of any of these connections can affect how the brain works. Alcohol also can have longer-lasting consequences for the brain—changing the way it looks and works and resulting in a range of problems.
Most people do not realize how extensively alcohol can affect the brain. But recognizing these potential consequences will help you make better decisions about what amount of alcohol is appropriate for you.