Trouble falling asleep?

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If you can’t sleep? Skip the sleeping pill and TALK to your partner. You can even talk to a close friend on the phone. UCLA research found married couples reached the deepest restorative stages of sleep – and woke up better rested – when they took 5-minutes to talk before bed. Because when something’s bugging us, we can toss and turn all night. But talking helps ease our worries. Plus, discussing our feelings promotes bonding and boosts our mood. And it makes sense that if we go to bed happy, we’re more likely to wake up refreshed, compared to when we go to bed feeling bummed.

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Here are a few upsides to aging.

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You’ll have clearer skin. Because our sebaceous glands produce less oil as we age. 

You’ll also have fewer headaches. Research shows people who suffer from migraines in early adulthood tend to have fewer after age 50, and they’re less intense. 

And the older you get, the better your mindset. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, people age 65 and up report better mental wellbeing, plus being happier and more content than those in their 20s and 30s. And that’s even true when older folks have physical or cognitive issues.

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It’s true. Women tend to have colder hands than men.

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Specifically, 3 degrees colder. According to the University of Utah, women naturally store more fat in their torsos than men. That boosts blood flow and protects a woman’s vital and reproductive organs – so they don’t freeze to death, and she can carry on the human race. But it leaves a woman’s hands and feet chilly. So, next time you hold hands with your partner and he says, “Your hands are always freezing,” now you know why. 

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Are you reusing tissues?

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So you’re sick – and you’ve been using the same tissue to blow your nose all morning. Is that a problem? Well, according to Dr. Wendy Bennett, an internist from Johns Hopkins, that ratty tissue won’t hurt you – but it could hurt those around you. Because each time you touch it, you’re touching your infected mucus germs – and then whatever you touch afterward will be contaminated with your virus. So grab a new tissue and use that. Or sneeze into your sleeve, since that’s less likely to touch other surfaces or people.

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If you’re having trouble sleeping…

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…an exercise created by the U.S. Navy during World War II will have you asleep in 120 seconds. Do this: Totally relax your face, drop your shoulders, and let your arms and legs go limp. Then, clear your mind by picturing yourself lying under an empty blue sky, snuggling in a black velvet hammock in a dark room, or repeating “don’t think, don’t think” for 10 seconds. It has a 96% success rate after 6-weeks of practice. If you don’t remember those steps, just Google “how to fall asleep in 120 seconds.” The technique is widely-written about, and you’ll be able to find it easily. 

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Want to make your hair noticeably thicker and stronger?

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Eat more radishes! That’s because radishes contain sulfur and silica – nutrients that are vital for hair growth. For example, sulfur lengthens your hair’s growing phase – and helps form keratin, which is the protein in your hair shaft. Silica, the other important nutrient, makes hair stronger and more elastic. So it won’t break as easily. So stock up on radishes and have a serving every day, which is one cup. You can roast them in olive oil to make them sweeter – and then add a little sea salt to help cut the bitterness even more. 

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Backaches send so many people to the doctor every year!

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The #1 way to reduce lower back pain is exercises that strengthen your core and keep your back in balance, like planks, bridges, and pelvic tilts. That’s according to a review of 21 clinical trials involving more than 30,000 people. And doing core-strengthening exercises, aerobics, and hamstring stretches before your first-ever twinge of back pain makes you 35% less likely to develop back pain at all.

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If you have a minor cut or scrape…

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Should you keep it covered, or let it breathe? Ohio State University’s Wound Center says: Both. Keep it covered when you’re out and about, and your skin is exposed to pollution, germs, and debris. At home, uncover it and let it breathe – especially while you’re sleeping. Because that’s when the body uses oxygen to produce new skin cells and collagen, which seals the wound and helps it heal.

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Have you ever noticed how much you have to pee in the morning?

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Internist Dr. Keri Peterson says that’s because, overnight, our kidneys filter less urine. Plus, at night our body releases more vasopressin – a hormone that makes us hold onto excess fluid. So, by morning, your bladder’s full and you’ve gotta go. Then, if you immediately drink coffee or tea, it has a diuretic effect, sending you to the bathroom again. 

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This new term can help your workout:

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Social facilitation. That’s the tendency to perform better when you know you’re being watched. And, according to sports psychologists, it’s why, when you run with a friend who’s a little fitter than you, you run faster. Or you try harder in an exercise class when the instructor is walking around the room, watching your moves. So, if you have trouble with motivation when you’re working out, it pays to exercise in a group or with a friend. Just remember: Social facilitation, and at the moment, social distancing too.

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