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5 Morning Yoga Poses To Do In Bed

Los Angeles-based certified yoga instructor Laurel Erilane, a teacher on the Yoga Wake Up app, offers a simple sequence you can do in bed to kick-start your morning. She recommends holding the below postures for one to two minutes. That’s less than 10 minutes added to your morning routine.   RECLINED BUTTERFLY (Supta Baddha Konasana)…

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What type of sleep is best for your mood?

Is it better to get fewer hours of uninterrupted sleep or more hours of interrupted sleep?   When it comes to your mood, the former is actually better. Recent research from Johns Hopkins University published in the journal Sleep has shown that people who get interrupted sleep end up in a much worse mood than…

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Why Do We Fall Back?

The history of Daylight Saving Time is steeped in myth. For example, DST was created to decrease energy costs, not to help farmers as many people believe. Around 70 countries spring forward and fall back, not just the U.S. The concept also has encountered significant backlash, including from economists and scientists.   Daylight Saving Time…

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Simple Breathing Exercises to Wake Refreshed

Breathing is the foundation of human life, yet so many of us breathe incorrectly. Poor posture, too much sitting and a cultural tendency to hold our breath all contribute to shallow “neck breathing,” which can be detrimental to sleep and, therefore, overall health.   Neck breathing is characterized by short, shallow breaths—you may notice your…

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Five Big Hurdles Athletes Face in Getting Enough Sleep

Playing sports takes a toll on athletes’ bodies — and on their sleep.   “Challenges include overcoming stimulation from the excitement and arousal from night games, controlling pain from injuries, reducing accumulation of sleep debt from late night games and early practices, and limiting disruption of circadian rhythm from frequent travel,” explained Dr. Jonathan Saluta,…

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The Sleepiest Animals

When we think of sleepy animals, sloths often come to mind.   In captivity, sloths log anywhere from 15 to 20 hours of snoozing every day. But in the wild, sloths actually only need about 9 hours, and are far from the sleepiest critters in the animal kingdom. So who are the sleepiest?   Cats…

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Too Stressed to Sleep? 4 Tips to Calm Your Mind

The dishes aren’t done. The car needs an oil change. The office is moving into a new building next week and packing hasn’t even started. Oh, and a coworker is sick, so the workload is about to quintuple. This long to-do list can cause anxiety and stress, which can in turn make it difficult to…

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How to Snack Smarter When You’re Sleepy

Exhaustion makes the brain’s hunger and fullness hormones go haywire, which explains why you might find yourself mindlessly raiding the fridge late at night.   According to a study published in SLEEP, a scientific and medical journal from the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, sleep deprivation also boosts levels of the brain chemicals that make eating…

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Do Trees Sleep? The Surprising Answer

Dogs and cats do it. Chimps and insects do it.   Even trees may slumber.   In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science, scientists from Austria, Finland and Hungary observed trees drooping their leaves and branches at night — a possible equivalent to falling asleep in humans and animals.   “Our…

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Five Ways Athletes Pay the Price for Poor Sleep

There’s no shortage of obstacles blocking a good night’s sleep for elite athletes. They must contend with packed schedules, hours traveling and pain from injuries, plus any effects of caffeine or prescription medications that interfere with sleep.   Many pro sports teams have begun tracking players’ sleeping patterns, according to Daron Roberts, a former assistant…

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Vitamin Deficiencies That Impact Sleep

If you’re not getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals in your meals, those shortcomings could hinder you from achieving your best night’s sleep. Here’s how certain vitamin deficiencies can interfere with sleep, as well as how to address those needs in your diet.   Selenium   A deficiency in the mineral selenium may…

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