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5 Ways To Be More Awake In The Morning


5 ways to be moreYour alarm goes off, you hit snooze, you wake up thinking it’s 10 minutes later but it’s not. You woke up an hour late, and now your entire morning is off and you’re probably going to be late to work. This is common for most people, tons of people have slept through alarms or hit the snooze button one too many times. This is all because people are REALLY tired, we don’t get enough sleep. Here are some ways to feel more awake in the morning.

1. Wake up and move

Whether this means putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room or getting up and doing a workout. Waking up and then instantly moving is the best way to feel more awake in the early hours of the day. Try making a plan to go on a run or doing a workout class with a friend.

2. Don’t hit the snooze button 

This is one of the main culprits of making people go back to sleep in the morning. You hit the snooze button thinking you can get 10 more minutes and then you’re asleep for a few more hours. Make it a point to not hit the snooze button at all and to wake up immediately.

3. Take a cold shower 

We know that cold showers aren’t everyone’s first choice when it comes to showering. However, having a steaming hot shower can actually make your body feel more sleepy. Try and incorporate a cold shower in your morning once a week and you’ll be able to feel the difference in your body.

4. Create goals for the day

By setting some goals for your day you will be more prone to wake up in the morning to try and achieve them! Set goals the night before and put them right next to your bed so that they are one of the first things you see when you wake up.

5. Keep trying 

Train yourself to be more awake in the morning! Try and set your alarm 10 minutes earlier each week. This will train your body to get up and will help you sleep cycle.

Another way to get up in the morning? Scheduling an MRI appointment with Open MRI of Pueblo. This will give you the excitement to take on the day and get to your appointment on time. Make an appointment with us today!


Contrast Agent: What You Need To Know


Contrast Agent-

You may or may not have heard about something about contrast agents when talking about MRIs. Many people aren’t aware of gadolinium contrast medium, which is normal because there is so much information to keep track of when it comes to MRIs! So we decided to break down the important facts to keep you updated and informed on crucial aspects of your MRI experience. So, what should you know about this contrast agent after all?


What is gadolinium contrast medium?

Gadolinium is a paramagnetic metal ion that moves differently within a magnetic field, hence why it is used during an MRI. It is a liquid that is made up of an arrangement of atoms held together by chemical bonds made of gadolinium. Are we boring you yet? Basically, it’s a liquid that has the perfect structure of atoms that allow a radiologist to see what they need to see on your MRI.


Why would I need gadolinium contrast medium?

According to Insider Radiology, this contrast is used in up to 30% of MRI scans. It is used to create a clear picture which allows the radiologist to see your internal structures easier. This contrast is able to increase the visibility:

  • Inflammation
  • Tumors
  • Blood vessels
  • Heart muscle scarring
  • Assess the blood flow to organs

By using a contrast agent, a radiologist can diagnose a patient with increased accuracy. It’s pretty useful!


How do I receive contrast?

In order for the contrast to be quickly effective, it is given to the patient by injection. Just like any other shot you’ve taken! It is a quick prick feeling and you’re in business! You will either be given the injection by hand of an automated injector. It doesn’t take much longer like 30 second.


Are there side effects?

As with all things that you put in your body, there can potentially be side effects. According to Insider Radiology, the most common side effects are headache, nausea, and dizziness.


If you have to undergo an MRI, it isn’t required that you’ll receive contrast. However, contrast is ordered in cases that a radiologist feels that it is necessary. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we love keeping our readers informed about anything MRI related. We want to make sure you’re ready for anything that may be thrown at you during an MRI visit! If you’re in need of an MRI, we would love to take care of your needs. Contact us here!