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6 Things Successful People Do before Bed

This infographic from Pinterest highlights the 6 things successful people do before bed. First of all, a good night’s sleep equals a productive following day. There are certain bedtime habits you can adopt to help you on the road to success. To inspire you, let’s look at successful people’s bedtimes and before bed habits.

First of all, Bill Gates sleeps 7 hours a day, Richard Branson sleeps 5 hours, Ellen deGeneres 8 hours and our favourite President Donald Trump, a mere 3 hours (Disclaimer: we do not recommend you try this at home).

1) For Bill Gates, the first thing before bed is he reads a book for 6 minutes, which reduces stress by 68%.

2) Billionaire Oprah Winfrey meditates twice a day, one before bed and the other during the day. She even released her own meditation app. Just go to Apple iTunes to download it. (I’m not sure if this is a free app or otherwise).

3) Arianna Huffington, of the famous Huffington posts, is an advocate for a pre-bedtime bath, filled with Epsom salt and lavendar oil to destress. Accordingly, these are the best sleep inducing bath ingredients.

4) Gwyneth Paltrow recommends a head or foot massage by recruiting your partner or get a trusty massage pillow that is battery operated.

5) Mariah Carrey has several humidifiers in her room. According to her, if you or your partner snores, a humidifier may help it as it clears your sinuses.

6) Eminem, supposedly goes as far as wrapping up tin foil around his windows to keep the light at bay! Exposure to light supposedly stimulates a nerve pathway from the retina in the eye to an area in the brain called the Hypothalamus. This consequently wakes us up.

So, there you have it! The 6 methods successful people like celebrities and billionaires’ sleeping habits and sleep hours.

5 women whose inventions changed the world

Thursday 8th March is Women’s Day. To celebrate, we want to share some of the greatest female minds of our time, whose discoveries and inventions have the changed the world in positive ways.

Many of the women on this list fought prejudice and other adversity during their careers, and it’s testament to their determination and extraordinary talent that we can recognise their achievements today.

1) Patricia Era Bath

Patricia Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe in 1981 – a device for quickly and painlessly removing cataracts while simultaneously lubricating the eye. Cataracts are a common ailment of the elderly, causing confusion and stress. In 2000, Patricia received another patent for her invention, this time for the use of Ultrasound in cataract treatment.

As a black woman growing up in Harlem, she fought a predominately white, male-dominated field to help provide eye-care to racial communities, returning independence to their lives.

2) Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper revolutionized early computing. She programmed one of the first computers (IBM’s Mark 1), which helped solve mathematical problems for The Manhattan Project (subsequently ending WWII), and created the first compiler – a system for converting English into machine code. Her work also inspired COBOL, one of the first programming languages which are still in use today.

As a woman who favored new ideas and approaches, she was often challenged and discouraged by her peers. But through skill and ingenuity, “Amazing Grace”, as she came to be known, shaped modern computing into what it is today.

3) Rosalind Franklin

Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins have largely taken credit for the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA. But without Rosalind Franklin, who contributed vital image data (specifically image 51) to the project, the trio might never have won the Nobel Prize.

Franklin only received recognition for her contributions after she passed away. Since then, it’s been argued that Wilkins showed image 51 to Crick and Watson without Franklin’s permission and that she might’ve deduced the structure of DNA on her own. Controversies, aside, there’s no doubt that Franklin’s work on DNA has helped to underpin a whole new branch of science. It’s just a shame that Nobel doesn’t allow posthumous awards.

4) Marie Curie

As the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only woman to have been awarded one twice, Marie Curie has left an indelible mark on the world of science. She has been pivotal in our understanding of radioactivity, invented mobile X-Ray machines for use in the field during WWI, and discovered Polonium (named after her home country of Poland) and Radium.

Having been denied a place at Krakow University because she was a woman, Marie Curie overcame incredible odds to become one of the most important scientific figures in history.

5) Caresse Crosby

Caresse Crosby improved the comfort of women everywhere by inventing the modern bra. Sick of the lung-crushing restriction of whalebone corsets, she strung together some handkerchiefs and realized the potential of a lighter, more flexible design. She was awarded the patent in November 1914, and women have been breathing easier ever since.

While it’d be impossible to list all the women who’ve changed the world in this post, I hope these five have inspired you to celebrate the many others who overcame incredible odds to make the world a better place for all of us.

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