UPDATE 9/25 at 8:20 a.m.: The Casper folks just shared the exact location of the pods with me. They’ll be posted up at 1950 Sansom Street — parked, I’m assuming, in that parking lot right across from Shake Shack.
ORIGINAL: New York mattress maker Casper is right smack dab in the middle of a seven-city “nap tour,” whereby staffers are rolling into cities up and down the East Coast with mobile “nap pods” and encouraging residents to take midday naps. Next week, Philly’s getting a turn. Read more »
Prepare to cringe: For this study I’m about to tell you about, 164 men and women had a live common cold virus sprayed directly up their noses! So cringe-worthy, right? And what researchers found was that, of those 164 people, those who regularly skimped on sleep were way more likely to actually catch a cold, NPR reports. So, if you were thinking about staying up late to watch an entire season of Friends tonight, you might want to rethink your plans.
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We live in a world where people wear Snuggies, spend a good chunk of their lives watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix and willingly give the majority of their disposable income to GrubHub. My point? Everyone is lazy sometimes. And if today happens to be a lazy day for you, here: Five ways to be a little bit healthier without trying too hard. Seriously, these tips require no effort.
• You know that if you don’t get enough sleep, you hurt your productivity, your mood, your motivation, and your health. But what you might not know is that sleep deprivation also reduces your ability to interpret facial expressions, which could seriously affect your relationships and how you treat other people. A recent study found that after 24 hours of being awake, people could not distinguish between threatening and friendly faces. [ScienceDaily]
• If you’re trying to lose weight, the scale can be pretty frustrating because the truth is, your numerical weight can fluctuate for many reasons that you can’t control. It can be more informative, and definitely more encouraging, to measure your weight-loss progress in these scale-free ways, like taking periodic selfies and feeling how well your clothes fit. [SHAPE]
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If you’re thinking a nap is in order right about now, you might be right — and you shouldn’t be scared to tell your boss so: A small study out of the University of Michigan found that folks who got a midday nap in worked twice as long at completing difficult tasks before giving up than those who didn’t get some shut-eye in, Science of Us reports.
• How to actually make it to the gym four times this week like you said you would? Change the way you think about it. Think of your workouts the same way yogis think about their sweat sessions: as a “practice” — one that makes you better, not just afterward when you can squeeze into your skinny jeans, but during as well, says this personal trainer. Interesting, right? [Greatist]