I start with Coronavirus stats:
As for today, we have 3,523,144 cases globally, with 1,388,254 closed cases (out of which 246,370 (18%) deaths). We are getting over 3 millions cases, but the mortality percentage is still at 18% (22% mortality 2 weeks ago). Keep in mind that 1% of 2.5 millions is 25.000 less deaths, so this is huge. The trend is descendent, so it is getting better globally, but in UK is another story, we got 182,260 cases and 28,131deaths now. The increase in deaths number is due to the numbers from outside the hospital, especially in care homes, being added to the total number. We were told that in UK the peak was reached, i estimated that this happened 2-3 days ago. So now we need to wait probably another month so see what happens next. And we are on the 3rd place on deaths after US and Italy. Not a 1st place we want to win, isn't it? Number of confirmed cases in my town - 252.
I am getting more willing to learn now, as i have probably only few more weeks until i get back to work. I am doing more than 30 minutes of guitar, and try to do double the amount of Spanish daily when i can. I will still focus to finish the Diabetes and try to start an intensive computer science course. But, in real life, i was spending an inordinate amount of time watching Jack Ryan on Prime lately.
As per today bit of learning: Did you know one of the biggest risk factors for a poor immune system is obesity?
A new study published April 22 (last week) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine identified that obesity might cause sleep loss, even for those just carrying around a few extra pounds. This means that everyone who is slightly overweight is potentially losing out on high quality sleep. With all the current uncertainty and major upheavals in lives recently, it could be difficult to sleep well when we all need it the most.
So, what is the alternative and what can we do to minimize this issue?
1. Strategic supplementation. We can use some nootropics to improve sleep: Melatonin (microdose), Ashwagandha, Theanine, Magnesium (glycinate or threonate), Terpenes (plant-based molecules that have relaxing properties), CBN (cannabinol) (not to be confused with CBD!).
2. Be informed without stressing too much about the details. Find a few good sources and use them wisely.
3. The main reason is to support melatonin production and release at night, which is not only a powerful relaxant, but also an antioxidant that boosts immune health. Reduce blue-light emitting devices or use blue blocking glasses (be sure they block more than 60%, unlike most products on Amazon).
4. Chill out. Sleep in cooler temperatures between 65 - 69 degrees F (18 - 20 Celsius degrees for our friends from Europe). That seems to be the sweet spot whether you do so via ambient room temperature or a Chilipad product.
Hope it helps! Stay safe!
P.S. If you want to learn more about our gut beneficial microbes, my latest book will help you ( The Other Brain - links here : Ebook Paperback )