How to power nap without oversleeping?

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Want to take a power nap – but don’t want to risk sleeping too long, and feeling groggy for the rest of the day? Take what experts call a “drop nap.” Sit in a chair and hold an object that, when you doze off and drop it on the floor, will make a loud enough noise to wake you. So something like a heavy book – or an empty plastic tumbler. That way, you’ll know you slept because you dropped it – and you won’t sleep too long.

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Your feet can help you with digestion!

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If a big meal leaves you feeling gassy and bloated, firmly massage the arches of both feet for 2 minutes. Studies show a foot rub after a rich meal reduces gas and belly pain in 74% of people. Dr. David Edelberg is an integrative medicine professor at the University of Chicago……and he says it works by stimulating the body’s enteric nervous system. Those are the nerves that help produce intestinal enzymes, get food moving faster through your digestive tract, and calm belly spasms. So you’ll digest your meal with a lot less gas and bloating after a 2-minute foot massage.

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Road rage and Twitter rage have a lot in common?

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According to Clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Sherry says they both involve feeling distanced from the person you’re lashing out at – and having an immediate outlet for your hostility. Put those two together and it encourages people to become more aggressive!

So just like normally calm people can lash out when they’re behind the wheel, ordinary people can become uncharacteristically mean on social media. Dr. Sherry says heavy users of social media are the least likely to feel empathy or compassion towards others – and have less patience. We’re also significantly quicker to judge others online – and we’re more reactive on social media when it comes to anger than we are in real life. However, most people also REGRET losing their temper online after an angry outburst. So Dr. Richard Sherry says, always pause before you post!

Is it ever ok to have high blood pressure?

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Sometimes it IS okay for the elderly to have high blood pressure! According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, if you have a loved one, age 85 or older, with high blood pressure, don’t worry about it. High blood pressure in people who are very elderly is an indication of better health, while lower numbers could mean trouble. Dr. James Goodwin is a professor of geriatric medicine – and he says high blood pressure in the very old is simply a sign that their heart is pumping strongly and predicts an even longer life! Low blood pressure could mean the heart isn’t pumping efficiently. So, before an elderly loved one goes on blood pressure meds, have a talk with their doctor to see if it’s necessary.

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A simple equation to boost productivity and focus!

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To be more focused and productive, remember this simple equation. It comes from productivity coach, Carson Tate: 50 plus 10.

In other words, for every 50 minutes you spend doing a mentally-challenging task – take a 10-minute break to do something mindless, like checking Facebook or playing a game on your phone. Taking a break about every hour will help re-set your brain so you don’t overload your neural circuits, and will help you focus for the NEXT 50 minutes of mentally-challenging activities.

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Therapy sessions are becoming athletic!

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Your psychologist may arrive at your next session lacing up their sneakers. Because “running therapy” is the latest mental health trend. It makes a lot of sense, especially for men, who tend to keep their emotions locked inside. And symptoms of depression often appear as irritability or aggressiveness. Plus, it can be hard for men to sit and discuss their feelings. Eye contact is also an issue. The male brain reads it as a challenge, and it can make men combative. So, walking or jogging side-by-side makes a lot of sense. It makes patients feel like they’re in sync with their therapist and allows them to open up.

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There’s a trick to prevent wine from staining your teeth.

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First, you’ll get more surface stains from red wine. But white wine’s more acidic. So, it etches tooth enamel and makes teeth more vulnerable to stains from dark-colored foods, like tea. So do this: Have a bite of hard cheese pre-and-post drink. The calcium in the cheese will form a film to prevent staining – and chewing the cheese whisks away the acid from the wine, protecting teeth against dullness and stains.

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Your family may be keeping you awake!

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If you have pictures of your family in your bedroom, it could be ruining your sleep! It sounds odd, but it actually makes sense when you think about it. The pictures can subconsciously trigger feelings of guilt, obligation, and unpleasant memories. And all that noise in your head can keep you awake and anxious. So keep your family photos in the living room, but not your bedroom. You just may find you sleep better without your mom watching you. 

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Want to boost your fitness to the next level?

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Don’t coast on the downhill – put your back into it! Research from the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport says runners and cyclists who keep their momentum going downhill increase their overall exercise intensity. So if you’re running, take longer strides – cycling, use a higher gear. Because maintaining that intensity can put you on a faster track to fitness.

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Having trouble sticking with your diet?

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Check out the view from where you’re eating. Because if you can see your kitchen counter from the dining table, for example, or the setup from the all-you-can-eat buffet, you’ll be 10% more likely to go back for seconds or even thirds. That’s according to a joint study from the University of Notre Dame. And the researchers found that each time you get up to refill your plate, you’ll eat about 170 extra calories, on average. So, what’s the trick for sticking to your diet? Sit with your back to the serving area. Because out of sight is out of mouth. 

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