HOW THE RIGHT SORT OF LIGHT IN YOUR HOME CAN EFFECT MENTAL HEALTH IN A POSITIVE WAY…

I’ve read many articles in the past on how light is important to health and can effect mental health in a positive way.

In an article in Forbes they said that ‘Bad lighting is associated with a range of ill-health effects, both physical and mental, such as eye strain, headaches, fatigue and also stress and anxiety in more high-pressured work environments. … A third (32%) said better lighting would make them happier at work.’

However, lighting can come in through lots of different ways but daylight is the key to the best lighting. Healthline wrote that ‘Decreased sun exposure has been associated with a drop in your serotonin levels, which can lead to major depression with seasonal pattern. The light-induced effects of serotonin are triggered by sunlight that goes in through the eye.’

So how can we get a good light into our homes now the days are getting shorter? There are special ‘Sad Lightswhich have been around to help people suffering from the condition Sad (Seasonal Affective Disorder). But direct light from outside is the perfect pick up.

The colour palette inside your home and the right discounted windows is what has made the biggest difference for me personally. As most of my readers know we moved three months ago from the East Midlands to West Sussex. We down sized big time and bought a small new build.

Our old home had the biggest windows at the back of the house and my husband was quite anxious about whether our new home would be much darker but it couldn’t be further from the truth if you have the right windows and colour scheme in your home.

The right discounted windows like our small ones work perfectly with white walls which I am sure help light reflect throughout. Every friend that has been to see us has commented on how light our house is even on a dark day.

My bedroom is my sanctuary and has two windows which I have had fitted with Venetian blinds mainly for privacy but I decided on white for most of the windows and it’s still lovely and light. We’ve bought curtains for our bedrooms but haven’t rushed to get some for downstairs and have now decided we won’t bother as we just love the light streaming in and it’s still cosy when it goes dark.

Artificial light can change your sleeping pattern from the natural rhythm of two four-hour phases broken by an hour of wakefulness to a single eight-hour phase each night and disrupts your circadian rhythm. That’s why it is important that you use as much natural light as possible. Opening up your windows and curtains and light darker areas of your home with lamps that emit natural light. My regular Sunday post Sleep Sunday, Let’s Talk About Sleep explains lots of ways to help you sleep which is so important to any chronic pain sufferer.

They say that bright colours are happy colours for your home and can boost communication so are especially welcome in the dining area and kitchen but you can get your happy colours in accessories instead of painting all your walls.

I decided I would give each room its own accent colour and it certainly works for me. My lounge has royal blue as it’s accessory colour which I introduced by adding cushions, plant pots and pictures that have some blue in them. My kitchen’s access colour is grey and green. Upstairs my guest bedroom’s accent colour is also green which is really popular this year and our bedrooms accent colour is grey and pink which is peaceful and cosy.

The brightness in my new home has certainly lifted me over the last three months. I hope you enjoy some of my images of our cosy new home. Do comment and tell me what your favourite colours for the inside of your home are.

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AI BILLING IN THE HEALTHCARE BUSINESS, AN INTERESTING READ…

If, like me you know nothing about A1(artificial intelligence) then this article about the impact technology has on medical care will be of great interest to you.

As we can all see, the world around us is changing so quickly. There are brand new inventions every day. Sometimes, it can get pretty hard trying to keep track of them all. There’s a machine for everything. You don’t have to lift a finger to do anything, expect turn the machine on. There are also many programs and software that do all the thinking and calculations for you. You just have to put in all the data. The computer will do everything else. It’s a brand new world.

Recently, you may have heard a lot about artificial intelligence. It sounds so strange. It’s such a big word. You shouldn’t be ashamed if you don’t know what it means. It has been around for some time. It sounds like something straight out of a sci – fi movie. However, it’s becoming an essential part of our everyday lives. So, sit down and try to learn more about this. You can read about the impact technology has on medical care here, https://www.healthitoutcomes.com/doc/the-impact-of-technology-on-medical-billing-and-coding-0001

WHAT IS AI ?

First, you have to know exactly what this means. Artificial intelligence is just a fancy word for machines doing the dirty work. It’s a method where humans don’t do anything. People only get to train the machines to recognize patterns and solve future problems. They feed them information. The computers can do calculations. This can come handy in lots of professions where people are overwhelmed with paperwork and billing. It can be used in any aspect of our lives. Siri and Alexa are just two examples of AI.

MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING

The healthcare system is very complex. There is a lot of information to be processed. Patients’ files and their medical bills have to be sorted out. This is all done by medical coders and the doctors themselves. However, many mistakes can be made on a daily basis. This is all a result from overworking. The human brain can’t be concentrated all the time. It’s prone to mistakes. Thankfully, this is where AI comes to the rescue. With this strategy, people don’t have to worry about these things.

How artificial intelligence influences medical coding?

For you to start using Diagnoss AI software, you have to know how it will affect your profession. You can’t just install it and start using it. You have to know its benefits. You also have to learn how to operate it. First of all, the doctors will really appreciate this new software. Everyone will be relieved to know that they don’t have to work overtime. The doctors are in charge of putting the patients’ data into the system. The software takes this weight off the doctors’ shoulders.

That way, they can comfortably be focused only on providing proper care to their patients. The patients don’t have to worry about being given the wrong diagnosis or wrong bill. Wrong calculations will be a serious problem to the doctors. If there’s shortage of money, that’s not good for business at all. Instead of making money, you will owe it. That’s not acceptable. So, the coding engine will reduce this risk. It will help the doctors do their job more efficiently.

Overcoding can bring your office serious legal problems. Dissatisfied patients may want to sue you. You have to protect yourself from these situations. One way to do it is letting the engine do its work. Also, your coders will be happier with this software. It will maximize the effort they put in. There won’t be any need for them to waste time. There’s no need for switching books or crosswalks. The whole medical system will be more efficient.

PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS

When you fill a computer with information, it will start to recognize patterns. That way it will reduce the risks of making errors in medical coding. Based on the reports, pictures and text you put in, the system will do predictive analysis. You can rest assured that it won’t make any mistakes. It is artificial intelligence. It does our job better than anyone. It has started to change the way we look at healthcare and medicine. It’s here to stay. It has definitely improved our lives.

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LETS TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND MEDITATION THERAPY…

Many people are turning to meditation as an effective way to relax and bring inner peace. It can also help with stress, improve your general health and help you to think clearly. It’s something you can do wherever you are, by focusing on something else around you instead of your thoughts, worries and obsessions.

You can meditate just by focusing on something; anything will do if you are out. But most people still meditate on breathing, a single repeated word, a flower or a mental image. Meditation is much more than just a way of relaxing, it also clears our minds and makes us more alert. If you meditate for a few minutes each day, the results can be deep and long-lasting.

There are many places you can learn to meditate; it could be a candle-lit room, with incense and dreamy music, lying on the floor after a yoga class or at an evening’s class at your local school or leisure centre. In your first meditation, people may feel sleepy as they let themselves relax and their adrenalin levels drop. They will go to classes after a hard day’s work, and need to rest.

Meditation is not about going to sleep. It’s about learning to relax and focus your mind. The benefits of meditation ripple through everything we do – being relaxed and aware is the mental equivalent of being fit and healthy. Some of the main reasons people meditate are for relaxation, health, inner peace and harmony, concentration to improve sporting and theatrical performance, inspiration and creativity, quality of life, self-understanding and therapy and spiritual awakening – the list goes on. ‘Mindfulness Meditation’ is a very simple way to meditate.

All you do is focus on your breathing, observe your thoughts and bring your attention into the present moment. Headspace explains ‘What is meditation for sleep’, you can try and listen to their way of meditating to go to sleep. Another great site is Sleep.Org who also explains how to meditate before you go to bed.

Meditation is thought to date back to the fifth and sixth century BC. Stories were written in ancient Hindu about it, and are featured in most religions. Ed Halliwell, author of ‘The Mindful Manifesto,’ says that ‘it can help you experience the moment and not be drawn into habitual emotional responses’. Halliwell goes on to say that ‘research on human brains during a meditation state has revealed a shift in activity from the right side of the pre-frontal cortex, which is linked with depression, over to the left, which is connected with emotional reassurance and happiness’. Research has actually shown meditation can ease depression, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, boost immunity and healing, and lower blood pressure. Mindfulness meditation is now an NHS approved treatment.