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Curious What Your Sleeping Body Does When You’re Not Watching?




Let me start off by saying, I promise you this isn’t some paid-off dishonest review just to get you to try a product. I am not receiving any compensation from the company or any other benefits, and this is my complete honest review based on my 30 day personal use of the product.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, what is this “product” that I’m talking about. Well, it’s too cool of a secret, so I’m not going to tell you. Oh, right, this is a blog and I came on here just to tell you about it… OK, fine.

Thirty days ago, I was searching for “sleep tips” on Google. It’s not that I have any real sleeping problems per se, but I’m always looking for ways to enhance and improve every aspect of my life, hence the title of this site, “ – Total Mind and Body Fitness”. So, after combing through a few different sites with some reasonable tips like, “don’t exercise at night”, “make sure your room is as dark and quiet as possible”, and disregarding the millions of sleeping drugs and pills in between, I finally stumbled across a site advertising something called a Sleeptracker Wake Up Monitor.

It showed a picture of a normal looking watch, so curiously, I clicked it to see what this was all about. I spent the next hour or so reading over all the information on their official site, as well as a number of reviews, which surprisingly were overwhelmingly positive. Sure there were a fair share of critics, but even most of them only had gripes with a few technical aspects of the watch, such as size or volume, etc.

After some more searching and reading (I know, I know, but I tend to overanalyze things and make sure I’m absolutely sure before making any kind of purchase), I became increasingly more intrigued. First, a brief description of what the watch does. Basically the watch tracks your sleeping patterns and wakes you up during an ideal sleeping stage (hence the brilliant product name: “Sleeptracker Wake Up Monitor“). You put the watch on at night before you go to sleep. You can wear it all the time as it functions just like a normal watch, and is even water resistant (in case you ever fall asleep underwater…), but I personally don’t wear a watch at all, so I just put it on before bed.

ALERT: Before you continue, I will tell you that the Sleeptracker costs $150. If you wouldn’t be caught dead paying that much for a “little old watch”, then this might not be for you. I am certainly no big spender, and I was hesitant to dish out that kind of cash at first, but my research on the product gave me confidence that it was worth it. As you’ll read about in my experience below, I am fully satisfied and would gladly pay the same amount again. If you’re still on the fence after reading this article, you can always try it out for 30 days, and if you don’t feel it was worth your hard-earned dough, they will send you a full refund.

OK, now for how the watch works. First, you set the “Alarm Time” as you would with any other alarm. Say you set the “Alarm Time” for 7:00AM. Now you can set the “Alarm Window” from anywhere between 10 minutes to 60 minutes. For example, say you set the “Alarm Time” for 7:00AM and the “Alarm Window” for 30 minutes. This means that the alarm will go off at 6:30AM at the earliest and 7:00AM at the latest. Now, what determines when the alarm goes off in that “Alarm Window”? Well, as you sleep, the watch detects subtle movements in your body that indicate that you are having an “almost awake” moment. This doesn’t mean that you actually wake up, but many times during the night, the average person goes through different levels and stages of sleep, from very deep (dreaming type sleep) to very light (“almost awake”).

The watch records ALL of your almost awake moments during the night. From my personal experience, I usually have about 20 or so per night. It sounded high to me at first, but according to other Sleep Tracker users, this number is about average. Just for the purpose of making the example easier to understand, let’s say you are a DEEP sleeper and only had 5 “almost awake” moments. You had one at 12:06AM, 2:13AM, 3:38AM, 5:19AM, and 6:41AM. Now, from the example above with your alarm window being between 6:30AM and 7:00AM, the watch would set off the alarm and wake you at 6:41AM (your “almost awake” moment during your “Alarm Window”). A little confusing I know, but it’s actually quite simple when you just do it. Maybe they can explain it a little better for you, here’s a quick overview from their site:

Customized ALARM Window
SLEEPTRACKER®’s ALARM WINDOW allows you to set a window of time for waking up in the morning. When you set the ALARM WINDOW, SLEEPTRACKER® monitors your body for optimal waking moments and gently wakes you at the moment when you’re most alert during that set window of time. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to start the day!

Customized ALARM
SLEEPTRACKER®’s customized alarm adjusts to your body to find your best waking moment. SLEEPTRACKER® continuously monitors your body for signals that you are almost awake. If you’ve set the ALARM WINDOW, the alarm goes off at your most awake moment during that window, so you’ll wake up refreshed and ready to start the day.

Record, Store, Review Your Sleep Data
Each day, SLEEPTRACKER® stores one night’s worth of your almost-awake moments for your review. You can discover how many times you were almost awake during a night, and the average time between those moments That way, you can compare data from different nights to see how restless each night’s sleep was.

What if I don’t have an “almost awake” moment during the “Alarm Window” I set? IF that happens, then the alarm will just go off at the regular alarm time you set (7:00AM for the example above), but like I said, the average person has around 20 “almost awake” moments per night, and in my 30 day experience, I have had an “almost awake” moment EVERY single time within my “Alarm Window” (sometimes with a window as small as 20 minutes).

The advantage of all this mumbo jumbo is that the Sleeptracker wakes you up from a light sleep rather than jarring you out of a deep sleep. Ever notice how sometimes when you wake up, all you want to do is hit the snooze button and go back to sleep, and some mornings you feel refreshed and ready to start the day? That’s because with a regular alarm clock, it’s a crap shoot. That alarm is going off exactly at the time you set, and it doesn’t care if you’re “almost awake” or if you’re knocked out like Sleeping Beauty.

Now this isn’t to say that the Sleep Tracker is perfect. There are times when it goes off, and I just want to roll over and go back to sleep, but in my experience, it really does make a positive difference in about 21-23 of the 30 days I tried it. I mean an actual real tangible difference, not just a subtle change. Those odds are high enough for me to continue using the watch. It’s truly one of the coolest and most useful “gadgets” I’ve ever had (right above TiVo and my Automatic Trash Can).

Almost as useful as the “wake you up from light sleep” thing, I love just looking through my “almost awake” moments the next morning. It records all of them and lets you scroll through them to see what was going on while you were asleep. Then once you scroll through to the last “almost awake” moment, it even shows you the average time between your “almost awake” moments. Mine is usually about 20-25 minutes, which is also around the average according to other users. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s just an average, meaning during the first few of hours of sleep they are as close as 10-15 minutes apart, then during the middle of the night (deepest sleep), they are 60-90 minutes apart, then again during the last hour or so of sleep, my body starts waking up and the “almost awake” moments get closer together again.

The kicker that really made me believe in the watch was when one night someone called my cell phone at 4:22AM. At the time, I never physically woke up nor was even aware that my phone had rung. Then, the next morning I see that I had a missed call at 4:22AM. So, I go to the SleepTracker and scroll through my “almost awake” moments from the night before, and sure enough, one of them was at exactly 4:22AM!

Finally, in conclusion, everyone’s sleeping patterns and experiences will be different, and I know $150 is a lot to spend for a watch, but I really believe it’s worth at least the 30 Day Trial. If nothing else, it’s interesting just to see how your personal sleeping patterns work, and then you can return it for a full refund if you’re not satisfied. I’ll be keeping mine, and I even turned a few family and friends on to the Sleep Tracker.

If anyone reading this tries it, or has tried it, I’d love to hear your experiences with it too.

Amazon has the Sleeptracker Wake Up Monitor for $144 (a whopping 3% or $6 off the retail price!). Sweet Dreams!


Dog Training Tips – What You Need to Know




While kids everywhere else in the world (especially in Finland!) relax and probably enjoy their studies, the kids in India aren’t so lucky.

Everyone else already has a laptop and is well-versed with it, and yet our children continue to do things the old-fashioned way.

It’s typical of this country to lag behind in a number of departments but it’s sacrilege when it comes to hampering the future of our nation. To be honest, this has been my biggest gripe for a while now, thanks to being able to see the difference the way different education systems work.

At least, they don’t hit children anymore because this generation of kids are more than happy to stand up to their adults and rebel verbally and violently.

Speaking of disciplinary action such as this, why should we use it especially since most dog trainers have moved away from training dogs this way as well. There are certain cases, like training dogs in a city, that can make things more difficult. However, a few simple tips can help one navigate these sometimes troublesome waters.

A Few Thoughts on Dog Training
You might say that humans and animals are different but it begs the question: Is cruelty necessary?

It isn’t, truly. But that’s how dogs have been trained in the past.

The general attitude towards teaching obedience training has been harsh, to say the least. Whether it is a beating or even shock collars to keep them in check, one wonders if it is fair since we wouldn’t be allowed to treat humans that way too.

So, it is not with love and affection that the poor canines were trained but by subjugation and inculcating behaviors that were forced due to the “fear of punishment”.

Thankfully, common sense prevailed and a method known as ‘positive reinforcement’ has changed the way dog training is done now.

In other words, instead of punishing them for bad behavior, we reward them for good behavior instead.
What does happen is that when they are rewarded, they tend to do what pleases the ‘master’ if only for a few more treats.

It is how school children should be treated as well when learning manners too. One should refrain from criticizing their children but encouraging them for their achievements, however minimal.

That said, here are a few dog training tips that one can use even if the services of a dog trainer isn’t required at all.

Dog Training Tips – The Basics
The most popular commands that are taught are sit, down, heel, recall, stay and close where the right behavior is rewarded and the wrong is ignored.

While these commands are necessary, there are others that can cause problems with friends and family, and so here are a few situations that a dog must be trained for:

#1: Not to Bite
When they have the urge to bite, tug at their leash so as to divert their attention to something else that interests him or her.

#2: Fetch an object
Throw a tennis ball and walk away so that the dog gets it back for you. Then you can teach it to fetch other objects such as the newspaper too as it understand the meaning of this command.

#3: Not to bark at visitors
Since this can be scary for visitor, train them to “sit” as soon as the doorbell rings.

#4: Crate training puppies
Using a kennel crate works best as they are more likely to pee or poop when they are asleep.

In Closing
So, are there any other dog training tips that you would like to add to this list? Feel free to add them in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on the best dog foods.

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What You Need for the Perfect Gym Storage Solution



PowerGym Plates

If you operate your own professional gym or are looking to create a home setup, it’s crucial that you carefully consider your storage solutions. A tidy gym is without doubt a happy environment for people to work out in!

Good storage will help protect equipment from scratches and other damage, make it easy to find where equipment has been left, and prevent hazards such as trips.

It can also help the gym to feel more of a clean and organised environment that can keep members motivated while working out, which typically leads to a higher retention rate.

When it comes to gym storage, there are not many companies around that share the same expert knowledge as PowerGym Fitness. PowerGym is a supplier of commercial gym equipment, from weights and barbells to high-end strength training machines, with clients throughout the world.

They are also experienced in providing gyms with advice and support for installing the perfect setup.

PowerGym Fitness have provided us with some pointers on how you can create the perfect gym storage solution for your commercial facility or home setup.

Dumbbell Racks

The type of storage you will require can depend on the type of equipment that your gym provides. For example, some gyms may specialize in cardio equipment as opposed to strength training, or vice versa. That said, most gyms will typically include dumbbells.

Dumbbells are a popular form of free weights that can help users to build muscle mass. Dumbbell racks are one of the best ways that you can keep your gym tidy and free of hazards.

Without a rack, there would be no designated place for members to collect and return a dumbbell. Dumbbells left on the floor can cause damage and can be hazardous for other members when walking around the gym space.

These racks are designed to securely hold a certain amount of dumbbells when they are not in use. All round, it adds a safer and more organised structure to your environment and increases the longevity of the dumbbells.

Weight Plates Holders

As with dumbbells, most gyms typically include some type of weight plates. Tri grip and bumper weight plates are two examples that are available for purchase at PowerGym Fitness.

The plates can be attached to a barbell which can be used for effective and flexible weightlifting routines. One type of weight plate holder includes a storage tree.

This provides the option of a simple vertical holder where the plates can just slide on to a storage horn. Another option is a wall weight plate storage, allowing easy access to plates from a wall position – plus, it saves up space and improves the aesthetic design of your gym!

Mat Hangers

Gym mats are essential for exercises that require closer physical contact with the floor. This can include press-up exercises as well as Yoga, Pilates and studio workouts. Mats provide an extra level of comfort so that you don’t encounter discomfort when encountering the floor.

Mats can be used by a lot of people each day, so naturally there’s a lot of wear and tear. Mats that aren’t stored properly can lead to greater damage which will result in you needing to replace the mats sooner than should be required. With a mat hanger, when the mats are not in use, they can be stored safely to prevent unnecessary damage.

Barbell Storage

Whether you use a barbell freely or with a weight plate attached, it’s important that you store the bar appropriately when it’s not in use. Bars can be very heavy which can lead to floor damage and potentially serious injury if it drops to the floor or is left unsecured.

Like with weight plates, there are options for horizontal and vertical storage. These storage products can either be attached to the wall or the floor. They provide an organised and safe place for barbells to rest when not in use.

Cable Attachment Racks

Cable attachments are additional products that can help athletes take their strength training to the next level with varied workouts. With several types of attachments available, from revolving bars to handles and ropes, they expand the options that are available on a cable machine.

Most of these attachments are quite small, so it can be easy for them to become lost or get muddled in with other pieces of equipment. A cable attachment rack is a great way to store the attachments so that gym members can easily see where the attachments they require are placed.

Power Rack Storage Horns

Power racks are fantastic pieces of equipment to have in your gym. They are premium products that often act as the centerpiece of the gym. Power racks provide a safe space to perform a wide range of exercises, with freedom of choice left to the user.

Alongside the power rack, it’s widely recommended that you get storage horns that will seamlessly attach to the power rack. These horns can then be used as a storage option for weight plates. It will allow you to free up space around the gym and provides users with a quick and easy way to access the plates they need.

Storage Cages

The storage options that we have talked about so far clearly relate to products that have been specifically designed for certain gym equipment. To improve the tidiness, safety and structure of your facility event further, you can get a storage cage that will hold the rest of your smaller items.

This can include things such as medicine balls and bags, as well as boxing equipment. The cage can usually be locked for added security and with lockable wheels, it’s easy to transport the equipment from place to place.

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Top Five Supplement Reviews To Check Out




In this modern world, we are so used to having a lot of “instant”. Most of us are not used to the long and arduous processes, even though we think we do. You may have noticed the impatience of most people especially when it comes to services. They want to have what they want right now, and this is why most companies adapt to the situation.

You can see it in their products and services; they want to deliver it fast enough to save more time. The same reason applies to humans who want them all as soon as they can. Even the food industry has to go with this notion, but this has also led to a new trend: obesity.

This may not be a problem in most countries. In the West though, it is considered a major health issue. There has been an increase in the overall weight of the US population for example; at least 40% of the people over 20 are overweight as this article reveals.

It has been such a serious problem due to the prevalence of fast-food chains. There is nothing wrong with consuming them, but many depend on them for their daily diet. With all of its sugars and salt, it can be quite detrimental to your health in the long run.

New Horizons in Medicine

Fortunately, there have been advances in the field of medicine as well. Weight loss has become way different compared to the way it was in the previous century. People did not know anything about it. There was a time when fat is considered as the devil’s advocate of being overweight, and sugar was thought to be the healthier option. Even though this has already changed in recent times, there is still a prevalence of this kind of thought in many circles. If you want to lose weight, you need to read and learn more about the proper way of doing it.

There might be a lot of factors that can contribute to this goal but we are just going to narrow it down to three: diet, exercise, and genetics. There is nothing that we can do with the last one though since this is already in our system. Some people might be lucky enough that they do not need to control their diet or even exercise. Their bodies have already reached their full potential, so all they need to do is to maintain it.

Unfortunately, others are not that lucky. It is either they need to have a rigorous diet plan, more exercise, or both. It is a lot of effort to lose the mass, but it can be worth it in the end. You may visit Supplement Smarts website and other similar sites to learn more info regarding this.

If you are experiencing difficulties or you want to have the results faster, then you might need to take a supplement for that. There are many options in the market these days, so choosing just one can be quite confusing. You also need to understand that not all of these supplements may work for you. Below are some of the best substances that can certainly help you with weight loss.


Options for Cutting Those Flabs

  1. Caffeine

Everyone knows what this is; it is just the main ingredient in the most popular beverage in the world besides water. Aside from being the universal pick-me-up in the mornings, it has also been found that caffeine can assist in weight loss.

It speeds up metabolism moderately, which also helps in the faster absorption of calorie intake and fat burning process. However, you do need to take it in conjunction with other substances for it to take on full effects. You also need to be careful as it can still cause dependence.

  1. Green tea Extract

Another common beverage that has some medicinal properties, green tea has been around for ages. It has its origins in China, but the rest of the world is already enjoying it. However, green tea is the fresher version and it has little to no added processing in its consumption.

It is rich in antioxidants, as well as having the ability to burn fat. It is more focused on the stomach area though, where most of our extra fat goes anyway. If you want to reduce your waistline, then having this a part of your daily supplement may help with that. Check this link to know more.

  1. Garcinia cambogia Extract

This might seem to be unfamiliar to most people, but it has been gaining some popularity in the previous decade due to its mainstream exposure. It is a green fruit with pale flesh, and it is native to Indonesia although other countries have started cultivating it as well.

Garcinia cambogia contains hydroxycitric acid, also known as citric acid lyase. This is said to help in losing weight by also removing excess fat from the body. There are still ongoing studies about this as there is unclear evidence of how it works. However, it is safe to consume as long as you control your dose.

  1. Hydroxycut

This is another form of supplement, but this time it is a combination of other substances including caffeine, wild mint extract, and cumin extract among others. It was developed by MuscleTech Research and Development, and it aims to help you lose those extra pounds.

It has been rather popular for the first ten years of its existence due to these various extracts. Even though it is under one name, there are many kinds of it available in the market. Some of them even exclude some ingredients like caffeine for those who have adverse effects from taking them.

  1. Glucomannan

Lastly, this is a diet supplement made from a root vegetable called konjac or elephant yam. It is full of fiber amongst other nutrients, which make them great for controlling your eating habits. Once you eat or drink a supplement, it will make you feel full because of all the fiber.

It will also help with digestion and excretion of wastes in your stomach. However, you will need to drink a lot of water when using this as it can promote too much hydration loss. You will also need to check on your doctor if you can use this safely and follow the dosage always.


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