Humans love company. We love it so much, in fact, that our brain evolved to use up 20% of all the calories we consume, while only weighing around 3 pounds. Why is that relevant? Well, because mother nature decided that granting us the ability to communicate was worth the calorie sacrifice. Whether we’re talking about verbal or non-verbal communication, mankind really is the cream of the crop. We weren’t blessed with the huge fangs of lions or the sharp claws of tigers, so words became our weapon of choice. Instead of waiting for evolution to instill new information into our DNAs, we could now verbally pass down customs and traditions to younger generations. We didn’t need to wait 5 million years for our stomach acid to turn nuclear so that we could digest raw meat – we could just roast it over an open fire! Back then, we relied heavily on animals both as food sources, as well as for companionship, so we worked our magic and succeeded in taming them. Times have changed and, though we no longer require little critters to help us hunt or protect our food supplies, we’ve embraced pets and brought them along with us as our way of life changed. Nowadays, we like to be greeted by a pair of excited eyes and a wagging tail when we get home from work. We like snuggling up on the couch on lazy Sundays or doing homework in the company of a little rodent or colorful fish. The more time we spend caring for this other being, the better we feel about ourselves.
The Most Underrated Pet
Whether you have young children who are constantly begging you to get them a pet or you’re looking for a furry little buddy to keep you company while you’re stuck at home, I would highly recommend getting a guinea pig! They are smart, resilient, and reliable little creatures with an unquenchable thirst for adventure and a curious personality. They don’t require as much upkeep as cats and dogs, and they are a good size for both a house and an apartment. As far as rodents go, they are definitely on the bigger size, more closely resembling a bunny rather than a hamster or a rat. They like to keep to themselves – but are also open to human interaction and they’re very easy to train. As an added bonus, they are really easy to care for, so they make wonderful pets for children and young teens. Be prepared to spend a bit more money on supplies right before you get your fur baby, but don’t worry! You won’t spend nearly as much money as you’d have to shell out for a puppy or a baby cat. The one item you’ll be spending the most on is the cage. Food, bedding, and toys are relatively cheap, and pigs don’t require any special solutions or vitamins. The best guinea pig cage is one that gives them enough space to move around, without occupying half the floor space in your home. If you’re on the prowl to get a new hairy friend, definitely give guinea pigs a try! You won’t regret it!
Do you use a night light lamp when going to sleep? Or maybe you switch it on so that your children can fall asleep when afraid of the dark? If so, make sure that the kind you are using is not having any detrimental effects on your sleep pattern.
People have been using night light lamps to alleviate the pitch-black darkness of the night. These night lights should be bright enough to make out the contours of the room and furniture so that we do not trip when walking to the bathroom at 3 am. They give off gentle and dim lighting that can be comforting, especially for young children.
We should not overlook the lamp’s brightness when choosing to purchase one. Using bright lights during the time we’re supposed to be asleep can mess with the brain’s perception of daytime and nighttime. If the lamp tricks us, subconsciously, into thinking it is still daytime, the hormone called melatonin will not be released. Melatonin is the body’s natural reaction to darkness. It makes us drowsy and is helpful when falling asleep. Being around bright lights makes people alert and ready to work. Staring at bright lights during the night disturbs the body’s circadian rhythm which is why it is essential to choose a night light lamp that doesn’t shine too bright.
It is especially crucial when the night light lamp is supposed to go into the child’s bedroom. If the night light’s purpose is to combat the child’s fear of the dark then that means the lights are often going to be switched on throughout the whole night. And while the child might be able to fall asleep, that sleep will not be the best quality. If your child is waking up tired then check if the light in their room is not too bright. Multiple failures to sleep well can cause problems with the body’s development if the child is still growing. Lack of good quality sleep may result in irritability or difficulties with learning.
We know that light can have different colors. The lights used in supermarkets are often white while spas and other relaxation spaces tend to use more gentle, yellow lighting. This is connected to the concept of light temperature. The higher the temperature (measured at degrees Kelvin), the more ‘bright’ the light appears to be. Lower temperatures are warmer and more ‘yellow’ or even ‘red’.
Higher temperatures are similar in quality to the light given off by the sun. This is why brighter lights are able to make our brains think it is daylight. When choosing the night light lamp (or the lightbulb for the night light lamp) we should opt for brightness not higher than 3000K, maybe even lower than 2000K if you can find one. Warm lights promote relaxation and can make us feel sleepy even if we’re not.
Scientists say that sleeping with no lights at all is actually the best for the human body as it completely reduces the risk of melatonin decrease. But if you or your child have trouble falling asleep in the dark and you need to have a night light lamp in your bedroom, choose one that will help you sleep well.