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  • 10 Bizarre Things that Happen While You Sleep

    10 Bizarre Things that Happen While You SleepBy Jane Bianchi

    Sleep-such a peaceful word, isn't it? It evokes images of closed eyes, slow breathing, dreams and relaxation. But while you're dozing, your body's systems are doing lots of crazy things that will blow your mind. Don't worry: They're all normal. Still, you may never think of hitting the hay the same way after reading this. Photo by Getty Images.

    1.Your body temperature drops.
    Just before you fall asleep, your core body temperature begins to decrease, says Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist in Scottsdale, AZ, and author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep. This drop signals to your brain to release melatonin, which affects your circadian rhythm (or sleep/wake cycle) and tells your body it's time for bed. Your temperature is lowest around 2:30 A.M., so if you're able to, program your thermostat to rise one degree at that time for an hour or two. Otherwise, you may find yourself stealing your spouse's

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  • The Ultimate Comfort Food: Grilled Cheese That's Part French Onion Soup, Part Roast Beef SandwichBy Woman's Day Kitchen

    Nutty, gooey Gruyère is even tastier when melted on top of savory roast beef and sweet, fragrant sautéed onion. You'll never settle for a standard grilled cheese again after you try this affordable recipe. Photo by Steve Giralt; Food styling by Cyd Raftus McDowell; Prop styling by Megan Hedgpeth.

    Related: Discover 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.

    Serves:
    2
    Cost Per Serving: $1.87
    Prep Time: 15 min
    Total Time: 45 min

    Nutritional Information:
    (per serving)
    Calories 430
    Total Fat 25g
    Saturated Fat 11g
    Cholesterol 64mg
    Sodium 840mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31g
    Dietary Fiber 4g
    Sugars --
    Protein 21g
    Calcium --

    Related: Find 8 calming foods that ease stress.

    Ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    • 1 small onion, sliced
    • 1 teaspoon(s) thyme leaves
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper
    • 4 slice(s) (1/2-inch-thick) rye bread
    • 1 tablespoon(s) melted unsalted butter or olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon(s) whole-grain mustard
    • 2 ounce(s) Gruyère cheese, grated
    • 2

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  • 8 Conversations Every Couple Must Have in the Bedroom

    man and woman talking in bedman and woman talking in bedBy Kimberly Dawn Neumann

    It goes without saying that you'd like to enjoy making love to your partner; yet, nearly every other aspect of sex calls for a chat. Here's why: Couples who discuss tricky topics effectively are 10 times more likely to have a happy relationship than those who ignore difficult subjects, according to a study by Joseph Grenny, co-author of Crucial Conversations. "A handful of conversations make the biggest difference in the strength and duration of a relationship," says Grenny. "Talking about sexual intimacy tops that small list." Read on for eight issues to broach and how to approach them so you can move on to more interesting things. Photo by Getty Images

    1. Limits. Unless you want to end up in a "50 Shades of OMG what are you doing?" situation, discuss boundaries. "While it's possible to have a good experience trying something new with no communication, it's also possible to have a big fail," says Carol Queen, PhD, Staff Sexologist for Good Vibrations, an

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  • 10 Things Never to Say to an Ex

    woman holding torn photographwoman holding torn photographBy Caitlin Moscatello

    You can't always avoid your ex. Whether you have kids together, call the same area home or simply haven't cut Facebook ties, there are a gazillion ways for your lives to intersect. And when they do, you may be tempted to rehash your relationship or show him how wonderful post-breakup life is. But if you don't want your past romance to continue stressing you out, avoid saying these 10 things. Photo by Getty Images

    1. "I regret our entire relationship."
    First of all, you don't. You might regret how things ended, but to say you'd take it all back isn't as much of an insult to your ex as it is to you. "A statement like this criticizes yourself for the choices you made," says Richard A. Warshak, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry and author of Divorce Poison. "If he's so worthless, what does that say about you? In most cases, the person has redeeming features; you're just not seeing that because you're dealing with the loss of the relationship."

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  • 10 Things Your Waxer Won't Tell You

    woman getting leg waxedwoman getting leg waxedBy Meghan Rabbitt

    You'd think that the woman who sees you at your most vulnerable-you know, when you're bottomless and spread eagle or on month three of not plucking your eyebrows-would be totally forthcoming with you. Not so. The woman wielding the wax stick may neglect to mention how to minimize pain or inwardly chuckle when you let too much time go by between appointments. Keep reading for waxers' 10 biggest confessions and tips to make getting smooth go more smoothly. Photo by Getty Images

    1. I'm rushing you on purpose.


    Unlike facials, massages and manicures, treatments you want to last and last, waxing appointments are intentionally fast-paced. "I'm not trying to be rude," says Imani Faris, owner of Beauty and the Beast, a waxing boutique in Washington, DC. "Getting waxed-no matter how skilled the waxer-isn't pain-free, so we want to make it go quickly for you."

    2. You may not leave as smooth as you'd like.

    If you wax a large body part, such as your legs or arms, there's a

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  • 10 Ways Your Home is Destroying Your Love Life

    10 Ways Your Home is Destroying Your Love LifeBy Kimberly Dawn Neumann

    Home may be where the heart is, but it also can be a hookup hindrance. Turns out that what's under your bed, in your bathroom or filling your closet can actually affect your libido, as can dirt and smells. Check out the 10 most common obstacles to a satisfying home love life and expert tips to keep your nook nooky-friendly. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. Clutter
    "It's the equivalent of bad breath, body odor and being a bad kisser," says organizing and lifestyle expert Dana Korey, founder of Away with Clutter. "If a space is messy, it may make a potential partner wonder what else is a mess in the resident's life." If you're already a couple and the bedroom is filled with unpaid bills, filthy clothes and half-completed projects, "your mind is screaming, 'Do laundry/pay bills/finish projects,'" says Korey. And if you can't relax, you can't get busy. So go through your stuff and decide what to toss and donate and where to store what you want to keep with this advice

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  • A Must-Try Fall Spin on Pork Chops (Break Out the Apple Cider!)

    A Must-Try Fall Spin on Pork Chops (Break Out the Apple Cider)By Woman's Day Kitchen

    Naturally sweet, pork chops are the perfect anchor for this delectable meal that includes two favorite fall ingredients - fresh apples and apple cider. Photo by Con Poulos; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Marina Malchin.

    Related: Discover 15 fiber-packed foods.

    Serves: 4
    Cost Per Serving: $4.89
    Prep Time: 20 min
    Total Time: 20 min



    Nutritional Information:
    (per serving)
    Calories 428
    Total Fat 20g
    Saturated Fat 5g
    Cholesterol 103mg
    Sodium 360mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30g
    Dietary Fiber 5g
    Sugars --
    Protein 32g
    Calcium --

    Related: Find out the best peanut butter brands.

    Ingredients:
    • 4 crisp red apples, such as Gala or Braeburn, cored and cut into 3/4-inch-thick wedges
    • 1/4 cup(s) fresh sage leaves
    • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    • 4 bone-in pork chops, each about 1 inch thick
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper
    • 3/4 cup(s) hard cider or dry white wine
    • 1 teaspoon(s) grated fresh ginger
    • 1 bunch(es) spinach, thick stems discarded

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  • How to Find Your Dream Job Later in Life

    How to Find Your Dream Job Later in LifeBy Nina Malkin

    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" As a kid, you probably answered, "ballerina, astronaut, first female president!" Then you grew up, and the need to care for your family and earn a living set you on a different path, one that's satisfying in its own way. But if your childhood dream still has a place in your heart, there are ways to make it happen. The women here are doing what they love-and you can't buy that kind of happiness. Photos by: David A. Land; hair & makeup by Stephanie Harrison and Katie Cotton for Zenobia Agency; center photo courtesy of Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo

    Related: Discover the best work-at-home jobs.

    'I'm singing my heart out'
    Shai Littlejohn, 38
    Nashville, TN

    Both of Shai's parents were attorneys and expected her to follow suit. So she went to law school, got a job at a prestigious firm in Washington, DC, and worked as a lawyer for a decade. But her heart was never in it. "I had a big salary but no personal satisfaction," she says.

    Shai

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  • 10 Foods that Fight Cellulite

    10 Foods That Fight CelluliteBy Noelia Trujillo

    You know what cellulite looks like--cottage cheese, anyone?--but you may not know what it is exactly. As fat cells accumulate and expand beneath skin, they push against tissue, causing an uneven appearance "commonly found on the hips, thighs, buttocks and back of arms," says osteopathic physician Robert A. Kominiarek, DO. But you don't need to stay inside during swimsuit season or avoid clingy clothing. Adding the right foods and drinks to your diet can reduce cellulite. Munch your way to a smoother-looking body with these nutritious picks. Photo by Getty Images.



    1. Salmon

    Reel in a serving of this healthy catch. It's rich in antioxidants, which break down fat cells in cellulite, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. The omega-3 fatty acids also in salmon "reduce appetite and low-level inflammation and repair and strengthen skin tissue and fibers," says Lori L. Shemek, PhD, a

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  • The Smart Wife's Guide to Surviving Football Season

    The Smart Wife's Guide to Surviving Football SeasonBy Rachel Rabkin Peachman

    For their 40th anniversary, my parents drove from Michigan and my brother's family and mine drove from New Jersey to celebrate in the upstate New York college town where Mom and Dad met. Representing three generations, we strolled the campus's rolling valleys, visited the waterfall where my parents first kissed and enjoyed family bonding at its finest.

    But we had to cut the trip short…for the New York Jets.

    Related: Discover the 10 secrets that men keep from women.

    You see, there are three of us in my marriage: my husband, me and the Jets. Since their summer training camp is near my parents' alma mater, my superfan husband deemed it essential that we ditch my family for a football scrimmage. I wish I could say it was the only time the Jets had intercepted our plans.

    Russ was always upfront about his commitment to his team, which involves watching Jets games religiously, checking their online message boards compulsively and maintaining a somewhat delusional

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