Why You Can’t Pay off a Sleep Debt You’ve Accumulated Over the Week

We’ve all been there: you’ve woken up promptly at 6 or 7 in the morning Monday through Friday, dragging and exhausted as you got ready for work. Then when Saturday rolls around, you wake up and check your phone to discover it’s already noon. While this is something we can relate to, it’s not actually “normal.” When you don’t sleep enough during the week yet wake up early every day, you may try to compensate for that sleep-deprivation you feel by sleeping in on the weekend. However, you may have…

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Hacking the 52 Week Money Challenge the Smart Way

The financial savings picture in America (and the world) isn’t a good one, at multiple income levels. For example: across people with incomes less than $ 25,000, 38% have $ 0 saved. For those with incomes from $ 100,000 to $ 149,999, it’s not much better: 18% have $ 0 saved, and 26% have less than $ 1,000.[1] This obviously can create problems in the future. Nearly half of American adults can’t cover an emergency expense of $ 400 without selling something or borrowing money, and 31% of non-retired adults…

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Try Eating Only These Gluten Free Foods For A Week and You May Find Your Long-Term Discomfort Disappears.

Memories of a lifetime are made from cereal bars, bagel breakfasts and whole wheat bread sandwiches. Relishing pasta dishes leave many salivating in a notion of the perfect meal plan. So you learn how to mix, knead, and fold away munching on plain rye ‘air sandwiches’. The love for bread becomes an unparalleled understatement. Then the maladies begin…. You start feeling bloated. There are bouts of diarrhea and constipation. You are always just tired. You feel dizzy and off balance. Hormonal issues arise with unexplained infertility, PMS and all the…

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This Is What Will Happen When You Miss Two Hours Of Sleep In A Week

You’ve probably had more than a few weeks when you just couldn’t get enough sleep. Maybe it was a big project, a late night at work, or you tossed and turned all night. Turns out, missing even 2 hours of sleep a week can have a detrimental impact on your skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, it causes a stress reaction in your body. Stress results in the production of excess cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol blocks the production of collagen, which your body needs. Without it, your skin loses…

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40-Hour Work Week Is Linked To Cognitive Decline, Study Says

Earlier this summer, a study focusing on the link between 40-hour work weeks and cognitive decline was published, and it’s got a lot of people thinking. The study, which was first reported by Science Alert and then picked up by various outlets, showed that people over the age of 40 actually suffer from 40-hour work weeks. Cognitive decline was significant in those that worked what we now consider to be the common work week of eight hours a day, five days a week. In fact, working anything more than a…

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Completing Goal: Exercise Every Week

Yesterday you learned about the Reward & Punishment System to keep yourself motivated, there’re more things you can do to make exercising every week a habit that will stick. Make Your Motivation Everywhere Here’re some ways you can try: Put a sticky note of motivational quotes everywhere visible to you – on your work desk, on the door of the fridge, on the door of your room etc. Change your desktop wallpaper to a motivational quote, an image of a very fit person as a role model. Use one of the…

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What happens when National Teacher Appreciation Week meets Star Wars Day?

<br> We’ve all had some sort of mentor who left a major mark on our life. Someone who helped turn us from a learner into a … master. Perhaps it was that teacher who encouraged you to try out for the school play or a tutor who was patient as they taught you how to code and gave you room to experiment and explore. Maybe it was a backward-talking muppet in a remote swamp world who made you carry him around on your shoulders while you faced your Freudian fears in a mystical cave and tried and failed to…

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Photo of the Week 249: Burma

I’ve had a busy week since we last checked in. I prepped tons of content for the upcoming weeks, trained for an upcoming 5K run, answered a bazillion emails, had a blast for St. Patrick’s Day, oh… and went to Burma. Unfortunately, no, it wasn’t for the two-week girl’s trip I was so excitedly planning this year — a post on why that trip got cancelled is still in the works — nor for the liveaboard I’ve been dreaming of joining for ages. It was for a visa run. A…

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Photo of the Week 246: Bangkok and Hua Hin

What a week! Last time I checked in, our big ‘ol group of friends from Koh Tao had just soaked up the spoils of the Khao Yai wine region. This week, the party continued with a three-day birthday celebration in Bangkok with the whole crew and next, a quiet retreat down to seaside Hua Hin with Ian. Bangkok is, of course, a regular repeat destination for me, but Hua Hin was a brand new (and long awaited!) one. While I’d scheduled three posts prior to this departure and hoped to…

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