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ask me again in the morning | michael gray/reader

@collecting-stories i did it again with the marshmallow fluff

You leaned back against the wall, laughing into your palm as Polly chased off the man who’d whistled at you, screaming at him in the middle of the street.

“-up your arse!”

“Polly!”

A window opened somewhere in the row of houses and a shout for her to shut up came out, so she turned her head and screamed at them to piss off as well.

“Polly! I think we should get home before a copper catches us, yeah?”

She fluffed her hair out, put her hands on her hips, and laughed along with you. You staggered off the curb to link arms with her and set off across the dark streets together.

When she’d asked you, well actually told you that you were going out together tonight you’d been torn between terror and confusion.

“Oh, is it a girl’s night?”

“That’s right, just you and me. I think it’s past time we got to know each other properly”

When your gangster boyfriend’s imposing mother tells you you’re going out together, you go. Somewhere in between drinking to sooth your nerves you’d actually started enjoying yourself and realised Polly was alright. And Polly seemed to think you were alright too, laughing along with you at Michael’s antics, singing in bars together, screaming at men in the street for you.

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Sleep is one of the most important things for our body.  Life gets in the way and many of us will skip out on it.  You shouldn’t and here is why:

Short term side effects:

Mental and Emotional Health:

  1. Learning and memory: sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory.

  2. Sleep loss results in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness.  

  3. Too little sleep may result in you being too tired to do the things you want to do.

  4. Getting a good night’s sleep can lead to an increase in creativity than if you lacked sleep.

  5. Sleep improves your grades.  Lack of sleep can cause problems with attention and learning in classes.  

  6. Sleep reduces the levels of stress.

  7. A good night’s sleep can lower your levels of anxiety.  

Physical Health:

  1. Metabolism and weight: chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates.  It also alters the levels of hormones that affect our appetite.  

  2. Lack of sleep has been linked to cardiovascular health problems such as hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.  

  3. Lack of sleep weakens your immune system.

  4. Too little or too much sleep has been linked to a shorter life span.  

  5. Sleep curbs Inflammation which is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging.

  6. Improve athletic performance: “A Stanford University study found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina” (Health.com) 

Long term side effects of untreated sleeping disorders can lead to:

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart attack

  • Heart failure

  • Stroke

  • Obesity

  • Psychiatric problems, including depression and other mood disorders

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Mental impairment

  • Injury from accidents

  • Disruption of bed partner’s sleep quality

  • Poor quality of life 

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

  1. Avoid caffeine after 2:00pm so there is time for the effects to wear off

  2. Don’t go to bed on a full stomach.  Going to bed on a full stomach disturbs your sleep since your body is busy digesting all of it.

  3. Avoid alcohol late at night.  Alcohol decreases deep sleep and increases sleep arousal.

  4. If you like taking a hot shower/bath at night, try taking it earlier.  It raises your body’s temperature and therefore requires your body to cool itself down in order to fall asleep.

  5. Stretch before you sleep.  A little restorative yoga helps put your mind at ease, steady your breath, and reduce muscle tension without revving up your heart rate.

  6. Bring the lights down when you are getting ready for bed.  Dimness signals the biological clock that it is time to wind down.

  7. Unplug from technology.  Texting or surfing the web before bed can wind you up.