5 Ways to Have the Best Weekend Ever

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The weekend is officially upon us, friends! We can almost taste the freedom.

If you’re about to head into the days ahead without a plan of attack, allow us to offer some suggestions. See, last weekend, we posted a guide for how to use your Sunday wisely to set yourself up for a great week ahead. So while you’re fresh off the high of an awesome week, we thought we’d gin up a companion piece for your weekend. To wit: Our advice for five ways to have the best weekend ever.

We’re not talking about specific things to do. (For this weekend’s events, check out our guide here.) We’re talking about measures you can take and advice you can heed to create for yourself a few relaxing, yet productive days off. And while you don’t have to hit all these points in one fell swoop, working one or two or three of these tips into your weekend will help you maximize your off-time.

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Nearly Half of Adults Would Rather Do This Than Have Sex

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Proof that we could all use a bit more quality time between the sheets (not that kind of quality time, you guys): A new sleep survey of over 1,000 adults, conducted by the TODAY Show, found that nearly half of adults would rather get a good night’s sleep than have sex. And when it comes to women, that number jumps up to 65 percent. Why, you ask? Well, according to the survey, we simply don’t get enough shut-eye.

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If You Live In Philly, You Probably Don’t Get Enough Sleep

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Did you just yawn? And are you a little bit grumpy? Because if this new data is any indication, you probably didn’t get enough sleep last night: Jawbone, a company that makes fitness trackers that also track sleep patterns, analyzed thousands of their users’ sleep patterns throughout the country, and it turns out Philadelphians are not getting enough Zzzs.

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WHAT?!: Not Getting Enough Sleep Makes You Act Drunk

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It’s not news: Losing out on a good night’s sleep can make you feel all kinds of crazy, lazy and grumpy-toddler-ish. And according to this new video by AsapSCIENCE, not getting enough rest also makes you act drunk. Seriously! Researchers found that folks who got just six hours of sleep each night over the course of two weeks had the same reaction time as a legally drunk person. One word: yikes.

Along with making you feel like you’ve spent all morning downing mimosas, over time, lack of sleep also negatively impacts cognitive function and ups risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Obviously, none of these conditions are on anyone’s wish list, but what’s a gal to do if she just can’t stop tossing and turning? Well, we found five science-backed tricks that can be helpful in the snooze department. So read up and rest easy, friends.

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Study: The Happiest Couples Sleep Really, Really Close Together

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I’ve never been a big bedtime spooner, and luckily for me, my husband isn’t, either. My sister, on the other hand, is one of those all-up-in-your-grill sleeping partners; she says she and her husband spoon all night, ever night, and have even somehow managed to sync up their tossing and turning: If one person rolls, the other rolls, too.

According to a new study, she must have a really, really happy marriage because it found that couples who sleep so close together that they touch are also the happiest. Researchers at University of Hertfordshire in England found that 94 percent of couples who sleep so that they’re touching reported being “happy” with their relationship, while only 66 percent of people who don’t touch could say the same thing.

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