Is waking up early a daily struggle for you? Do you need a dose of caffeine nearly every two hours to keep you functioning? Do you get irritated and emotional easily? You might not be getting enough sleep at night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults aged 18 to 64 to sleep for seven to nine hours daily. This is a general recommendation since some people may require less or more time to reenergize.
The effects of sleep deprivation can be short-term, such as lack of focus and irritability, or long-term such as stroke, heart problems, and obesity. Sadly, many of us have become too accustomed to our sleep-deprived lifestyle, which Arianna Huffington refers to as “the collective delusion that sleep is simply time lost to other pursuits.” In her bestselling book, The Sleep Revolution, the Huffington Post co-founder explains why we should be renewing our relationship with sleep—from the health risks to poor social relations. Read more
We are well into spring now, and the sunshine has our spirits up and our bodies outside soaking up the good weather. It’s easy to forget about the inside of your house that is probably a little messy after months of being cooped up this past winter. But with spring comes new life outside, and a like-new look inside with some deep cleaning and rearranging. That’s right, folks, it’s officially time to get your spring cleaning started!
Looking at your entire house, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. Fret not! By breaking it down and rallying the troops, you will get it all done in no time. Read more
These days most of us spend our days in “hurry mode.” We rush through our commute to work, we rush through our projects at the office. We rush through family time, scarfing down our dinners before heading back to work, homework, or housekeeping chores. We even rush through a restful night’s sleep by spending each night thinking about the next day’s schedule! Wouldn’t it be nice to slow things down, just for a little while?
For centuries, men and women all over the world have used yoga practices to find their center and gain peace of mind. Philosophies like Hatha Yoga encourage physical and mental well-being, which makes it easier to fully experience life and handle its ups and downs. And in the midst of a world that’s always moving awfully fast, many yogis are finding calm, even on their busiest days, with a certain style of yoga practice: candlelight yoga. Read more
A few thousand years ago, a wise man was credited as saying: “If the householder had known in which watch the thief was coming, they would have kept awake and not allowed the house to be broken into.” However, since most homeowners do not know when someone is going to burglarize their home, most burglars get away scot-free. It is estimated that fewer than 15 percent of burglars are ever arrested in the life of their career.
What makes that statistic even more alarming is the fact that every day in the United States approximately 8,000 homes are burglarized. And while most would not consider being burglarized on par with being a victim of a violent crime, anyone who has had their home broken into understands that losing your belongings, having your home violated, and having the fear that this type of intrusion could happen again is something that haunts you for a long time. Read more
According to a survey conducted in 2015 by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), roughly 79.7 million households nationwide own at least one pet ― up more than 50 percent from two decades earlier. Another recent APPA poll found that the majority of pet owners allow their furry little friends to sleep with them at night. Of those surveyed, 45 percent of all dog owners, 56 percent of ‘small dog’ owners and 62 percent of cat owners admitted to sharing a bed with their animal(s). Read more
Spring break is a week that all students look forward to, but maybe not so much all of the parents. While kids are getting a much needed break from school, parents are getting stressed. Having to plan entertainment for a whole week can be exhausting when you have a million other things to worry about. But, instead of stressing about it, use it as a good excuse to get some fun quality time with your kiddos.
There are a ton of different things you can do with your kids to keep them occupied and having fun, rather than bored and constantly reminding you of that fact. Here are some fun activities that you and your kids can do together over spring break (or anytime, really). Read more
When you think of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the first thing that comes to mind is likely drinking. Likely a lot of drinking. While most celebrants can knock back a few drinks on St. Patrick’s Day and have a fun, safe experience, some people need to stay sober on the traditional party day.
The good news is that it’s entirely possible to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without focusing on booze. Read more
SpongeBob SquarePants debuted in 1999, and since then it’s reflected some of the challenges facing children and teenagers. One particular episode deals with the dangers of distracted driving. The episode begins with SpongeBob in driver’s ed. His driving instructor, Mrs. Puff assigns an 800-word essay on what not to do at a stoplight. It seems like an easy subject, but it proves quite challenging for SpongeBob. After an entire night of deliberation, SpongeBob realizes that you shouldn’t feed your snail, shoot the breeze with the mailman, or call your friends while at a stoplight. Read more