Milk and Brazil nuts will send you off to sleep

Scientists concludes certain minerals and acids are linked to a sound slumber.

Searching for the recipe for a good night’s sleep? It could be as simple as a glass of milk and a few handfuls of nuts.

Scientists in the US studied the diets and sleep patterns of more than 4,500 adults and concluded that certain minerals and acids are linked to a sound slumber.

Milk & Nuts

And their report suggests that a late-night snack of Brazil nuts – which are packed with selenium and potassium – washed down with a calcium-rich glass of milk contains all the ingredients you need for a satisfying sleep.

Lead author Dr Michael Grandner of Pennsylvania University, said: 'These findings suggest potentially natural and common-sense solutions to sleep problems.

'Although there is still important work that needs to be done on cause-and-effect, there is a lot of research showing that non-medication approaches can be very helpful.

'Even sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia can be very effectively treated.

'The importance of diet is often overlooked when dealing with these sorts of problems.

'Diet, sleep, physical activity, and other parts of a healthy lifestyle have an impact on many systems in the body and, ultimately, play a role in how we think, feel, and act.'

Researchers quizzed 4,548 adults on their health, diet, lifestyle and sleep.

Women on the lowest incomes were most prone to having difficulty in getting a good night’s rest.

But even taking into account age, sex, education, salary, weight an mental health, several elements of food were seen to be significantly linked to satisfying sleep patterns.

Odds of having trouble dropping off were reduced by 20 per cent where dietary intake of the mineral selenium was doubled and by 17 per cent for calcium.

Greater consumption of carbohydrate, butanoic and dodecanoic acids – both abundant in milk – and vitamin D were linked with experiencing unbroken slumber.

Meanwhile, the chances of suffering lingering lethargy or tiredness the following day were cut by 30 per cent where there was twice as much potassium in the diet and 19 per cent for additional calcium.

Poor sleep was associated with two fats commonly found in butter and cheese – hexanoic and hexadecanoic acid – and also salt and drinking lots of fluids.

Every year, between 30 and 40 per cent of British adults suffer from insomnia with ten per cent regularly dogged by the condition.

Doctors are increasingly moving away from prescribing expensive drugs to alleviate symptoms, instead looking for therapeutic methods to treat the root causes.

Tags: Sleep, Nuts

Eelo New Open Source Mobile OS by Mandrake Linux Creator

eelo is a new mobile OS based on open source Android distribution LineageOS. Its creator is trying to build an ecosystem which is free from Google and Google related products

eelo is a new project launched by Gael Duval, the creator of now defunct but once hugely popular Mandrake Linux (later known as Mandriva Linux). As per Gael, this is an attempt to free us from corporates like Google and Apple invading our privacy and selling our data to advertisers. 

I’m not happy with this situation because iOS is proprietary and I prefer Open Source Software. I’m not happy because Apple is getting crazy with their latest products. They are more and more expensive, and not really exciting.


Also I’m not happy with Google and others. They have become too big and are tracking us by catching a lot of information about what we do. They want to know us as much as possible to sell advertising. Like millions others, I’VE BECOME A PRODUCT OF GOOGLE.


I want to stop that, at least for myself. People are free to do what they want. They can choose to be voluntary slaves. But I do not want this situation for me anymore.


eelo will be more than just a mobile operating system. It will have its own associated web-services such as email, cloud storage, online office tool etc. eelo is intended for people with a better respect for their personal data and privacy. But at the same time, it wants to give the end-user all the tools that a standard mobile OS provides.

eelo is forked from LineageOS, an open source Android distribution. LineageOS can run mainstream applications so it will be used to put together a consistent mobile and web system.

The project is called ‘eelo’ after eel fish because eels are small fishes that can hide in the sea. That’s symbolic of privacy.

Oh! don’t expect it to be 100% perfect from the privacy point of view at least in the beginning but Gael thinks it will be better and better with each iteration.

“We’re 7.6 billion people on Earth and I don’t see a good reason why they would all accept to have their private data cached by Google, Apple and a few others,” says Gaël Duval, the Europe-based project founder of Eelo. However, Duval told that his approach will be realistic and pragmatic, which means he is not going to make Eelo completely isolated from the rest of the ecosystems.

The first level of his privacy-enabled phone would mean “no Google inside”. “Google is absolutely everywhere. Even in Chromium (the open source release of Chrome web browser), there are low-level code that is sending what the user is doing to Google,” he explains, adding that if “you use a Google DNS resolver such, Google is catching some information about your activity on Internet”.

The same with Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive and so on. Similarly, each time to install an application and or even use an app that is using Google services, you are sending some information to them, he adds. “Apple is catching your data (even health data) and using it for their business, and also they have a deal with Google to have their search engine by default for the user.” Duval promises alternative services “that better respect the user privacy”.

Tags: Eelo, Mobile OS, Manadrake Linux, Gaël Duval