5 Ways to Be Healthier Today That Require Zero Effort

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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.

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The Checkup: The Weird and Scary Way Your Sleep Habits Are Affecting Your Social Life

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• 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]

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The Checkup: How to Tell if You’re Losing Weight Without Ever Looking at a Scale

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• 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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News to Tell Your Boss: A Midday Nap Might Make You Work Harder

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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.

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The Checkup: How to Actually Stick to Your Workout Routine

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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]

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This Is Exactly How Much Pennsylvanians Are Sleeping, According to New Research

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Sleep is essential, obviously, but seems to fall down the list of priorities when we have so many waking obligations. In the fast-paced world and fast-paced city we live in, it’s reasonable to wonder if we’re sleeping enough. Last fall, we told you guys about research done by the fitness-tracker company Jawbone that showed that Philadelphians, on average, were not getting enough sleep. But according to new research — also performed by a company that creates health trackers — it seems that Pennsylvanians as a whole are actually getting a good amount of rest. Read more »

To Wear Pajamas or Not to Wear Pajamas on Hot Summer Nights?

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A few weeks ago, we clued you guys in to a slew of genius tricks to survive ridiculously hot summer nights without air conditioning, and while donning teeny-tiny cotton pajamas made the list, sleeping naked was surprisingly controversial. As Greatist, who compiled that amazing list of sleep hacks, explained, some say ditching clothes at night keeps them cool while others claim sweat sticks to their body and makes them even hotter, causing worse sleep than if they’d just kept their PJs on in the first place.

This nonunanimous ruling on sleeping naked piqued my interest. I would think less — or nothing, in this case — is more when it comes to 95-degree weather, but maybe not? So I decided to ask sleep expert Ritu Grewal, attending physician at the Sleep Disorder Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, to weigh in: Will you get better sleep if you ditch your pajamas on hot summer nights? I asked.

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Is It Better to Sleep In Or Work Out? (The Answer Will Surprise You)

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You probably know that here at Be Well Philly we’re big fans of hopping out of bed for that early-morning workout. And why wouldn’t we be? By working out first thing, you start off your day with an accomplishment and a healthy mindset to set you up for success. There’s no denying that sleep is important too, but important enough to miss your workout?

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Sleep Better: Yoga Moves That Prime You for a Good Night’s Sleep

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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 »

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