Is there such a thing as the perfect number of minutes you should nap or the healthiest number of coffees you should have? Seems there is!
The maximum beats per minute your heart should take when it’s at rest.
Women with higher BPM had a 26 per cent increased risk of heart attack compared to those with resting heart rates below 62 – and that’s regardless of other risk factors like your smoking status. If yours is consistently higher, start doing more exercise, because resting heart rate is one measure of how fit you are. If you’re concerned, talk to your GP.
As well as increasing how many nutrients you absorb from your food, you’ll consume 12 per cent fewer calories during the meal and feel more satisfied afterwards, compared to when you chew each mouthful just 15 times.
Chewing your food for longer helps to boost levels of two hormones that play a role in appetite regulation – CCK and ghrelin.
It can reduce the number of flushes you experience by 63 per cent, according to a US study. The reason?
Experts say it could be the fact that losing weight reduces body fat, which functions as an insulator and interferes with heat loss. Plus, the weight loss may also alter hormones that influence hot flushes.
Take a 45 mins snooze immediately after you’ve learnt something new or need to remember something, and your ability to retrieve information from your memory will be five times better. It’s just the right amount of time to allow a particular brain activity called ‘sleep spindles’ to kick in. This activity plays an important role in memory consolidation, say European researchers.