To top it all off, according to the National Sleep Foundation, women are biologically conditioned not to sleep as well as men! This is due to the fluctuation of hormone levels (i.e. estrogen and progesterone) in our bodies throughout the month and over our lifetime. (Seriously…where can I lodge a complaint?) In addition to the fact that your body may be working against you, most of us make it more difficult for ourselves to finally get some rest when the time comes by participating in a variety of sleep-depriving activities throughout the day. So, turn on your white noise machine, grab a glass of warm milk and consider
- Do you waste precious hours tossing and turning through the night?In this day and age, many of us are juggling demanding jobs and domestic responsibilities, suffering from a great deal of stress, and pulling late nights. Heck, we might as well have a USB jack in our wrists for all the time we spend plugged in to our Apple products. It's no wonder-and no shock to hear-that most of us aren't getting the proper amount of beauty sleep.
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Fri, Mar 7, 2014 2:52 PM EST
daylight saving time and warned my husband and kids that they would be losing an hour of sleep. We dutifully pulled our covers up under our chins by 10:30 p.m. —now 11:30! (or so we thought). The next morning, March 2, when I rousted everyone to get up for their Sunday activities and then discovered that the shift to daylight saving occurs, in fact, this coming weekend, on March 9, I was not a popular mom. "The good news is you are starting your morning bright and early," I said sheepishly. Groans all around.Last Saturday night, I scurried around the house turning all my clocks forward for the start of
More on Yahoo: 20 Solutions for Insomnia You May Not Have Tried
Who out there likes daylight saving time? Anyone? Bueller? Well, for starters, not the citizens of of Arizona or Hawaii, who never adopted the practice. Nor the citizens of the Twitterverse, who have been griping about it since at least last weekend, when I checked out the hashtag, #AbolishDayLightSavings (#DownWithDST isRead More »from Daylight Saving Time Begins March 9 (Cue Music From 'Jaws')
by Lexi Petronis
Americans eat a lot of sugar--collectively, we consume more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. That's about 6 teaspoons more than has been recommended...until now. The World Health Organization has recently said that we should cut back our sugar consumption to 6 teaspoons a day, which translates to about 5 percent of our daily caloric intake, or about 100 calories total. Less than a can of soda.
Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, there are still lots of food items that harbor sugar--and some of them are things you wouldn't guess, like ketchup (one tablespoon contains a teaspoon of sugar), jarred spaghetti sauce (10 grams of sugar per half-cup serving), and soy milk (6 grams of sugar per cup).
See more: 10 Beauty Tricks That Make Guys MeltThe reason for the decreased sugar allowance, according to WHO: "There is increasing concern that consumption of free sugars, particularly in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages, may result in both reduced Read More »from 4 Super-Easy Ways to Eat Less Sugar
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Fri, Mar 7, 2014 1:30 PM EST
Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which took place in Boston. But perhaps the biggest story was that, for the second time in history, a baby born with HIV has been declared free of the virus after early, aggressive treatment.There was exciting news this week in the battle against HIV/AIDS, much of it coming out of the annual Read More »from What the New HIV Breakthroughs Mean for the Future of the Disease
While “baby cured of HIV” is, for sure, a thrilling headline, scientists are more cautiously hopeful than some media outlets would suggest. “That case is definitely intriguing,” Reilly O’Neal, editor of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s blog BETA, who attended the conference, tells Yahoo Shine. “The baby was tested with incredibly sensitive tests. The case supports the idea that very early treatment has the potential to dramatically reduce HIV reservoirs [the genetic code of the virus that 'hides' in the body], which are a major obstacle in curing HIV.”
More on Yahoo: Doctors Hope for Cure in a 2nd Baby Born with HIV
by Jacqueline Risser
And the singer -- ahem, warrior -- returned to LA last night looking happy, healthy, colorful (look at that hair!) and wearing an awesome sweatshirt that read "IMA SURVIVOR."
See more: Look Better NakedWhen Ke$ha entered the facility, she released a statement to People saying, "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice. I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder...to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am."
And last night, she took to her Twitter account (we love her new, more positive handle, @KeshaRose!) for the first time since January to thank everyone for their support.
Welcome back, Ke$ha! We're psyched to see you and can't wait to dance along with you real soon.Read More »from Ke$ha's Back, Guys!
With a new diet book released practically every week, Bethenny loves having a "Diet Debate" to give you the information direct from experts, and let you decide what nutritional plan works best for your body and lifestyle.
In today's debate, Paleo expert, author and advocate Dr. Kellyann Petrucci is up against Dr. Felicia Stoler, an anti-Paleo registered dietitian and author.
Is the "Caveman Diet" right for you? Take a look and decide for yourself.Read More »from Diet Debate: Paleo or Paleo-No?
- Good Housekeeping | Healthy Living – Fri, Mar 7, 2014 1:10 PM EST
The opera called for my character, "The Old Lady," to leap into the arms of six men, who would then stagger around to audience laughter. It was my last year at Westminster Choir College, I weighed nearly 300 pounds, and I was terrified that they'd drop me or I'd hurt them. It went fine, but I was so embarrassed.
Years of struggle
My unhappiness about my weight wasn't new -- my first time at Weight Watchers, I was 8 (they don't allow such young children anymore). Although I was the youngest one there, it felt more comfortable than school, where kids tormented me to no end. My mom tried to help: She'd say, "Just eat what I eat." But she could have small helpings at dinner and a bite of dessert. I couldn't.
I got heavier and heavier and continued to be teased through middle school and high school. Early in college, I reined in my portions and dropped 60 pounds, but when I fell in love with singing,Read More »from From Chorus Girl to Leading Lady: Meet the Opera Singer Who Lost 150 Pounds
With child's size 3 feet and a waist so tiny she couldn't digest anything more significant than a crouton, a real-life Barbie would not be alive for long. This is why artist Nickolay Lamm created Lammily, a realistically proportioned alternative to the blonde nymph we all played with as children.
See more: The 13 Prettiest Date-Night Hairstyles
"Rather than just criticizing Barbie, I wanted to make an alternative," says Lamm. "A lot of people have said, 'It's just a doll. Who cares?' but my opinion is that if there is even a chance of it negatively influencing young girls then why not make another option?"
Lamm wanted the doll to look realistic and designed her body using CDC data on average measurements of American women--the CDC has stats on everything from height and weight to forearm length. But, "it's a stylized average," admits the 25-year-old Pittsburgh artist. "I wanted her to look like the girl next door, sweet and wholesome." This kind of soundsRead More »from The New Barbie, She's Just like Us!
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Healthy Living – Fri, Mar 7, 2014 12:59 PM EST
by Lexi Novak
We know we've been talking about a certain leggy, blonde figurine a lot lately--and her "girl next door" counterpart--but we can't ignore the latest breaking Barbie news: A new study has found a relationship between girls playing with the doll and perceiving fewer career opportunities for themselves.
Researchers asked a group of girls ages 4 to 7 to play with either a fashionable Barbie, one dressed as a doctor, or a Mrs. Potato Head. Then they showed the girls pictures of 11 different work environments. For each image, the girls had to state whether they thought that as an adult they could do the depicted job and if they thought a boy could. Participants in both Barbie groups felt they could hold fewer careers than males. Those playing with a Mrs. Potato Head reported a near equal job opportunity.
See more: Celebrity Hairstyles That Will Make You Look 10 Years Younger
I know what you may be thinking: "But Dr. Barbie has a lab coat and stethoscope andRead More »from New Study: Is Barbie's Dream House Keeping Girls from Their Dream Job?
by Alexandra Owens
Getty Images When you work in beauty, you become accustomed to hearing critiques of everything from the gap in a model's teeth to the way a woman walks. But it wasn't until the other day, as I was meeting with a fragrance expert, that I knew one could scrutinize the skin's ability to make a perfume smell good.
Say what? Here's what went down: I was testing scents on my skin--all of which smelled perfectly fine to me, if a bit faint--with an individual who shall remain nameless. He informed me that my skin wasn't "perfume-friendly" and suggested that my body somehow distorts the way perfumes are supposed to smell. Furthermore, he guessed this about me the moment I walked in the door, when he spotted my fair skin and blue eyes.
Normally I would dismiss all this as totally insanity, but I had heard talk before about the effect of things like diet and body temperature on fragrance. So I asked DawnRead More »from Perfume-Friendly Skin: Fact or Fiction?
- 10 Self-Help Books for the New GenerationMon, Feb 4, 2013 6:38 PM EST
- Do You Have the Most Vivid Memories from Your Life from Age 15 to 25?Tue, Feb 5, 2013 11:35 AM EST
- Is Your Gym Making You Sick?Tue, Feb 5, 2013 10:10 AM EST
- Better Together: 4 Reasons Why I'm Glad My Kids Share a RoomTue, Feb 5, 2013 2:51 PM EST
- Is Lisa Ling's Father a Pothead?Tue, Feb 5, 2013 3:29 PM EST
- Nerding Out in Nature: One Smart Phone. Two Kids. Tons of FunTue, Feb 5, 2013 3:07 PM EST
- PHOTOS: The Best Chevron Wedding DetailsTue, Feb 5, 2013 1:42 PM EST
- Roadblocks to Intimacy--and How to Get Around ThemMon, Feb 4, 2013 6:50 PM EST
- How to Conquer Your 10 Biggest Marriage FearsFri, Feb 22, 2013 3:23 PM EST
- So This Must Be What Santa Claus Drinks on VacationSat, Dec 14, 2013 6:10 PM EST
- We've Officially Fused December's Two Most Decadent TreatsSun, Dec 15, 2013 11:09 AM EST
- Gorgeous Graphic Cookies -- No Special Tools (or, Um, Skills) RequiredSun, Dec 15, 2013 11:12 AM EST