5 Things Never To Do Before Bed

5 Things Never To Do Before Bed

by Corrie Pikul, Huffington Post

Is your nightly routine sabotaging your sleep? Here’s what to avoid before hitting the sheets.

 

  • Don’t: Pop the Wrong Pills

     

    A stuffy nose keeps sleep at bay, but so does pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in many OTC decongestants (it’s been known to cause insomnia). 

    Do: Breathe easy with a decongestant formulated specifically for nighttime use. These usually contain antihistamines, which have been known to make people drowsy.

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The Transfiguration of Aloneness: David Whyte on Longing and Silence

The Transfiguration of Aloneness: David Whyte on Longing and Silence

By Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org

Longing is one of those acutely reality-warping emotions that magnify their object — be it a person or an outcome — to astonishing proportions until it eclipses just about everything else in your landscape of priorities. In the memorable words of John O’Donohue, “a relentless magnet draws all your thoughts towards it.” The object of your longing becomes the backdrop against which every moment of the day is lived, a restless motor generating a constant low-level hum of unshakable anticipation, the torturous and intoxicating bridge between frustration and satisfaction by which love traverses the abyss of loneliness.

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In The Name Of Science, Here’s Why You Should Spend More Time Cuddling Cats

In The Name Of Science, Here’s Why You Should Spend More Time Cuddling Cats

by Arin Greenwood, Huffington Post

 

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Turns out that petting and talking nicely with shelter cats isn’t just an awfully pleasant way to spend the afternoon. There’s now scientific proof that this kind of behavior also helps keep the cats healthy — a finding that sounds adorable, and could have some seriously great implications for the cats.

For the study — published this month in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine — 96 shelter cats were divided into two groups. One group got positive interaction with the same person for 10 minutes at a time, four times a day, for 10 days. This interaction, which could include petting, brushing and playing among other agreeable things, is called “gentling.”

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