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During a quick nap, you had a crazy dream about your coworkers turning into mice wearing cardigans.
But wait (you're thinking): A short doze means I'm taking care of myself--and don't doctors recommend taking a nap as a way to get a second wind? The problem here isn't with the siesta; it's with what happens during that time period. It usually takes about 90 minutes to enter REM sleep and start dreaming, says W. Christopher Winter, the medical director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. The maximum length of your nap should be around 30 minutes, because once you've hit REM, the nap becomes counterproductive (you'll wake up groggy instead of refreshed, says Winter). So if the mouse dressed like your cube-mate scampers out as soon as you close your eyes, it means your brain is so sleep-deprived that it's rushing to get into the REM phase. A scheduled nap can help make up for one late night, says Winter, not a month's
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The Salted Nuts Alternative
Roasted chickpeas are lower in calories and fat than nuts, but can still fill your salt cravings--and fill you up, too. You can flavor them with any spice you like; this recipe calls for smoked paprika and onion powder, but we also like cinnamon and sugar, or cumin, chili and cayenne.
Recipe: Serves 4
• 30 ounces canned garbanzo beans, drained
• 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
• 1 tsp. onion powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium mixing bowl, toss the drained garbanzo beans with the smoked paprika and onion powder. Spread the beans on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the beans are browned and crisp. Remove from the oven and cool the beans to room temperature. Store in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.
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As told to Abbe Wright
1. Hug more, shout less.
2. Dance already.
Get up and move! I have brittle bone disease, which basically means my bones are really fragile--I've had more than 70 breaks since I was born. But I always find a reason to dance. My favorite move: the pencil sharpener.
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3. If life is a game, aren't we all on the same team?
Then let's start acting like it. We need to work together--and stop being bullies.
4. MOM upside down is WOW.
I wish every mom in the world knew how amazing she was. Sometimes it's just hard for us kids to say how much we love them. (But moms, let's cool it on the meatloaf.)
5. Be more awesome.
Just because you're a grown-up doesn't mean you have to be all grown up. Be cool. Everybody can be boring, but you're gooder than that. Every day when you wake up, you have the chance to be a party. What will you create to make the world better? Nothing, if you keep sitting there!Read More »from 5 Things Kid President Knows for Sure
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Find the Right Time for Love
Seventy-nine percent of women crave sleep more than sex, found a national survey by the Better Sleep Council. And after a long day, you can barely muster the stamina for the two minutes it takes for your electric toothbrush to get the job done. There's a solution, says psychologist Laurie B. Mintz, PhD, the author of A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex, even if it's so obvious it's easy to dismiss: Don't wait until nighttime. Yes, that's when you have (or are supposed to have) some privacy, but it's also when testosterone, which is partially responsible for our sex drive, is at its lowest in both women and men, Mintz says. Testosterone is highest in the morning, and having sex at that time boosts your oxytocin levels. So if you follow Mintz's advice and schedule an a.m. tryst, you'll not only feel more energetic, but you should also feel more bonded to your partner for the rest of the day.
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How to Wear Jeans at Work
My hard-and-fast rules about jeans in the office: Choose a dark wash in a skinny, straight-leg or trouser silhouette. Don't wash them too often--they'll get soft and fade; dry-clean instead to keep them crisp. Pair with office-appropriate accessories. When in doubt, don't wear anything to work that you would on the weekend or that you've seen your daughter in. And remember: With so much great denim to choose from, there is no excuse for mom jeans!
Top it off with...
(Left) This blouse is nicely shaped and not too long to leave untucked. (Anne Klein, $79; Macys.com)
(Right) The longer length gives you more coverage, and the silk trim adds a dressy touch. ($79; PickwickWeller.com)
Blazer, $495; ToryBurch.com. Blouse, Calvin Klein, $69; Macys.com. Jeans, $70; Gap.com. Clutch, $245, ClareVivier.com. Nude heels, $128, AnnTaylor.com.
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I know no joy like the joy of crossing something off my gargantuan list, because once I strike an item through, it leaves my brain entirely, like a web browser cleared of its cookies. Well, I just escaped a very trying period during which every night, my husband, who stays up later than I do, would say, "Don't worry, I will start the dishwasher," sparing us both the swishy noise it makes. I would cross it off my list, erase it from my mind browser and go to bed with a clear head--only to wake up to a dishwasher full of dirty dishes marinating in milk and spaghetti sauce. Why did he insist on torturing me in this way? After all, starting the dishwasher was no problem: I could easily push that button and cross it off my list on good authority. Why did he want to destroy my sense of well-being in this obviously malicious way? Then we realized the machine had a timer. Yes, some genius at Cut-Rate-Canadian-Tiny-Size-Dishwasher Company had thought
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Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Frizz Control Nourishing Shampoo
Start fighting frizz in the shower with a rich, moisturizing shampoo. Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Frizz Control Nourishing Shampoo, $6, contains silicone to help seal the hair's cuticle (outer layer), so it absorbs less moisture from the air, which can add to frizz.
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Use a hydrating mask instead of a conditioner after every wash. Heavy-duty argan, coconut and sweet almond oils in Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Deep Conditioning Shine Mask, $3.50, soften and repair.
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A moisturizing styling cream, like Oribe Smooth Style Serum, $49, leaves hair sleek. Wrap your hair in a towel and press with your palms to absorb water--rubbing your hair dry makes it look frayed. Then work a dime-size amount of the cream through hair.
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