Internet trolls: We all know them. Some of us are them. Working on the internet, I have encountered more than my fair share, and I do often wonder to myself, Why, dear troll, are you screaming “I know of a place you can shove your hoagie!” to a complete stranger? (Yes, that is a real comment on a real Philly Mag post.) Wouldn’t your energy be better spent … somewhere else? Well, researchers at Stanford and Cornell looked into just that question of why people exhibit troll-like behavior, and it turns out, under the right circumstances, lots of people — yes, maybe including you — are capable of turning into all-caps-typing monsters. Much of it simply depends on mood.
• Around a year ago, one of my friends tried to explain the feeling of ASMR — which has spawned tons of ASMR YouTube videos (Google it, I dare you) — to me and I just could NOT understand what she was talking about. At all. Here, an ASMR researcher breaks it down: “ASMR is a deeply relaxing and comforting feeling, usually accompanied by tingling sensations in the head,” usually caused by some sort of trigger, which can range from a soft whisper to seeing someone paint skillfully. Clearly, I’m not one of the lucky ones in the ASMR-experiencing camp, but if you’ve been looking for a way to identify this soothing feeling, there you have it! Now, to figure out what triggers you — I’m sure there’s a YouTube video to suit your needs. [Refinery29]
• Bet you weren’t thinking your gym sauna sessions were helping your brain out, did you? Well, they could be: A new 20-year study performed in Finland found that men who hung out in the sauna four to seven times per week were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s than those who visited the sauna once a week. You don’t have to tell us twice! [Huffington Post]
• If you plan on going home tonight and curling up under your giant down duvet, buttoned up in flannel PJs, with your thermostat set to a nice and toasty 71 degrees, you might want to rethink your plan: According to sleep researchers, one big mistake people make in the winter — that ends up screwing with their ability to fall asleep, losing out on valuable ZZZs — is getting a little too warm in bed. In fact, your thermostat should be set somewhere around a cool 65 degrees. [Byrdie]
When it happened in 2014, Brandon Brooks thought he just had an ulcer. But then it happened again in 2015, and now it’s happened twice in the last three weeks. The 27-year-old offensive lineman has missed four games in the last three seasons because of a last-minute illness that popped up on game day. Each time, he would wake up around 4 or 5 a.m., vomit uncontrollably for about 24 hours, lack the strength to even stand up and wonder what was happening to him afterward.
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• Trainers aren’t just looking at your form when you hit the gym — they’re also taking note of your fitness gear, including the mistakes you’re making that could be sabotaging your workouts. Think: wearing the wrong underwear, not paying attention to your shoes and going for a cutesy sports bra instead of a sports bra that actually works. Guilty? Same. [Well + Good]
I had a friend growing up who would smash stuff whenever they got stressed or angry: windows, sculptures, electronics — you name it. Their parents were well off, so the items would always be replaced within 48 hours, with the same amount of fuss that goes into replacing an ink cartridge in a printer. When witnessing these outbursts, my first thought was always, Um, have you guys thought about therapy? And my second was, What a luxury it is to be able to smash stuff without having to wonder how you’ll live without it. And now, thanks to the latest trend in stress relief, folks can do just that.
• You know when you hit Solidcore and then head to the supermarket, only to realize midway through shopping that you really need a post-workout snack? Like, nowwwwww. Well, that’s where this list of dietitian-approved post-workout snacks that you can find at just about any supermarket (and many corner stores!) comes in. [Self]