Most of us are connected to our computers, smartphones, and televisions right up until the moment we close our eyes. This habit is proven to interrupt the quality of our sleep. Instead of crawling into bed at night to catch up on your favorite guilty pleasures or to pin your recipe to-dos on Pinterest, try winding down with a bedtime yoga flow. Read more »
• A study by the American Psychological Association found that 50 percent of millennials report being kept up all night due to stress at least once in the past month, and NPR says 60 million Americans are currently battling insomnia. So, if you’re one of ‘em, you could probably use this: The 4-7-8 breathing exercise for sleep that’s been known to put even the most stressed out people to bed in under a minute. [TIME]
If you plan on curling up under your desk for a few minutes of shut-eye after lunch (Hey, you have to recharge somehow, right?), just make sure to set an alarm for 20 minutes from the time you close your eyes. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s blog, 20 minutes is the perfect amount of sleep to get if you’re looking to wake up with post-nap benefits like increased alertness, enhanced performance, and an improved mood. And sleeping any longer than that in the middle of the day could leave you worse off than no nap at all.
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Surprise! You lost an hour of sleep last night. Daylight Saving Time officially began this morning at 2 a.m. today when — POOF! — without pomp or circumstance, an hour of your day simply vanished into thin air.
So it’s no surprise that you’re feeling extra sleepy this Sunday and may continue to feel so for the next day or two as your body adjusts. If you’re looking for a few tricks to help your beat the waves of exhaustion, here’s what science suggests. Read more »