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  • Why Sleep Talking Happens—and How to Silence It

    Sleep talkers say the craziest things...Sleep talking (also know as "somniloquy") is a sleep disorder that involves unconscious talking when you're asleep. The presentation can vary greatly between people, with some spontaneously talking while others notice it happens when someone talks to them in their sleep. Sleep talking can range from gibberish, nonsensical mumbles and rants, to complicated and totally coherent statements.

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    Sleep talking can happen to anyone, though it does appear to be somewhat inherited and affect males and children more often than women. The most common triggers are sleep deprivation, alcohol and drug use, fever, increased stress, anxiety and depression. It is also seen as a symptom in the context of other sleep disorders: night terrors, confusional arousals (waking up in a confused state), sleepwalking, sleep apnea and REM behavior disorder.

    Sleep talking can happen at any time during the night and during any stage of sleep. In the earlier part

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  • Why Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen Say 'Keep Taking Your Vitamins'

    They're not as evil as they're made out to be.Confused by articles saying that you shouldn't take vitamins? So are many. But not us, because we read what we called in our US News and World Report Blog the "fine print" of medical studies. There's a lot of misunderstanding being spread around about supplements these days. If it all seems like too much to swallow, here's a breakdown to help it go down smoothly.

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    Following a review by the US Preventive Services Task Force on vitamin and mineral supplements and a dramatic editorial in a leading medical journal (the Annals of Internal Medicine, which published the Task Force review in the same issue), many have shouted from the digital rooftops that you should throw your vitamins out the window (not literally, of course). Well, we respectfully disagree and think that a lot of this hullabaloo is based on articles that don't take important details into consideration. Here's what you need to know:

    Supplements are supposed to supplement . Many

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  • 7 Colors That'll Put You in a Better Mood

    The colors you chose to wear can get you in the right mindset.Seeing red. Feeling blue. Green with envy. There's no denying that colors are inextricably linked with mood. Slip on a tailored LBD and you instantly feel chic and sexy or pop open a sunny yellow umbrella on a gloomy day and some of that sunniness will undoubtedly rub off on you.

    There are several reasons why colors are able to influence how we feel. "We react on multiple levels of association with colors-there are social or culture levels as well as personal relationships with particular colors," explains Leslie Harrington, executive director of The Color Association of The United States, which forecasts color trends. "You also have an innate reaction to color. For example, when you look at red, it does increase your heart rate. It is a stimulating color. This goes back to caveman days of fire and danger and alarm."

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    You also have learned certain associations with color, such as red making your heart race since it's linked with fire

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  • Can You Really Change Other People?

    While you're at it, might be a good chance to take a better look at yourself.Chances are, you have people in your life whose behavior you wish would change. Your romantic partner might be putting on a little weight. Your parents may complain too much. Your best friend won't look for a new job, even though she hates the job she has now.

    Once you notice these annoyances, it is natural to want to push people to change. Is it actually possible to change someone else's behavior? Should you even try?

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    It turns out that you can help people to change their behavior, but there is a limited amount you can do without their help. That is, there is some validity to the old psychology joke:

    Q. How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
    A. One, but the light bulb has to want to change.

    The best way to help other people change is to learn about how to change your own behavior. The more you know about the factors that drive your own behavior, the better you can use the same principles to help other

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  • Can This Bracelet Protect Your Skin from the Sun?

    Fashion over function? Or can this bracelet really benefit your skin?There's no denying the value of tech-y gadgets and apps that make being healthy and beautiful easier. Tracking your meals, working out on the go, even making you smarter-who doesn't love that?

    But portable tech doesn't work for everything. I was initially intrigued by the just-announced sun-tracker June bracelet by Netatmo-designed by Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston collaborator Camille Toupet-and the idea of a chic accessory that can help you stay safe in the sun, and ergo prevent sun damage and skin cancer.

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    They claim the bracelet and accompanying app (both to be launched later this year) work as a "personalized sun protection coach" that tells you what SPF level to wear, how much sun exposure you've gotten, and whether or not to wear a hat or sunglasses, based on your habits and skintone.

    But the thing is...

    Everyone, regardless of skintone or how sunny it is that day, should wear a full-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day, rain or

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  • 33 Flu-Fighting Foods that Boost Your Immune System

    The flu doesn't stand a chance against these super foods.If you're like most people, your produce consumption peaks during the summer months due to abundant availability, freshness, and the lure and trendiness of the mid-summer farmers' markets. Before you know it, winter is here and the appeal of the couch and the fireplace seem so much better when paired with mac and cheese rather than an arugula salad with tomatoes.

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    Enter what I call the winter color drain-the cold months between December and March where most vegetables are a blah color (think potatoes), your refrigerator rarely sees the color green, and the thought of a stroll through a farmers market is about as inviting as firing up the outdoor grill to make some fish in the frigid air. The truth is, your selection of fruits and vegetables doesn't have to go away during the winter months-it may just need to come in a different form: frozen. It's the winter months that you'll really need to focus on knockout food selections to keep

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  • Why Do You Need to Drink Water After a Massage?

    Turns out there's a real reason you should grab a glass post massage.We Asked: Michele Naumann Carlstrom, licensed massage therapist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York

    The Answer: If you've ever gotten a massage, whether at a spa, a sports medicine facility, or a kiosk at the airport, chances are that your masseuse instructed you to drink a lot of water when you got home (or wherever your travels may have taken you). The reasons for this are twofold.

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    First off, massages are dehydrating. Kneading and working muscle gets fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads toward your kidneys. That's why many people have to pee right after a massage. (Naumann Carlstrom says some of her clients can't get up from the table fast enough.) You have to replenish all that lost water-by drinking more.

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    Then there's the issue of metabolic waste, which is produced by muscles in the course of everyday function. When your

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  • Eat This for Breakfast to Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

    The right choices in the morning can set you up for success for the rest of the day.You've been told a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn't stop you from scarfing down a blueberry muffin, an extra-large bagel, or worse, nothing but coffee before flying out the door to work. Hey, at least it's something to tide you over until lunchtime, right? Not exactly.

    Turns out, what you choose to eat for breakfast could either help or hinder your weight-loss efforts for the rest of the day, according to Richard Mattes, Ph.D., R.D., professor of nutrition science at Purdue University.

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    According to his research presented at a conference hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists, a high-glycemic breakfast can make your blood sugar and appetite soar for hours, regardless of what you eat for lunch. In other words, if you eat a bad breakfast, in the form of a doughnut or cornflakes, no food later on can make up for that mistake. The damage is already done, and you'll be jonesing for

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  • 10 Questions to Consider when Shopping for a Gym

    Ask yourself these questions before committing to a contract.Shopping for a gym membership is like shopping for a new car, complete with convoluted deals, salespeople and flashy amenities.

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    To sift through a persuasive sales pitch and find your best fit, we spoke with Fitness & Health Coach Jacqueline Carly (aka Fitarella). She's worked nearly every gym club position-from front desk and sales to personal training and fitness instruction.

    Before you set foot in the gym, ask yourself these 10 questions and pick what Carly calls your "non-negotiables."

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    "When you know what you want and need, you can test-drive the gyms with them in mind," Carly says. Here's your question list:

    1. What time of day will I be working out?
    If you know that you'll frequent the gym at 7 a.m., check it out at 7 a.m. to feel the vibe. Aside from hearing the music and seeing the kind of people there (would you feel comfortable sweating around them?), make sure the

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  • 7 Little Life Changes for 2014 that Make a Big Difference

    We learned a lot in 2013 and can't wait to make 2014 healthier, happier and more beautiful.Here at YouBeauty, we get flooded with amazing information-new research findings, experts who give us stellar advice, amazing new product launches, insider beauty tips, etc. We love the *idea* of all of it, but we're only human, so implementing all of it is a different story.

    So what really stuck out in 2013 for the editorial team at YB? Read below to see the life tweaks-big and little-that we're bringing with us into 2014 and how you can, too.

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    Happier Social Media: Courtney Dunlop, Executive Editor
    I love Twitter (follow me @beautyeditornyc) but it was making me so depressed. A constant feed about war, animal abuse, gun violence and environmental destruction was seriously affecting me. I would read about a whale living his entire life at Sea World and then lie awake all night crying over it. I've stopped following the most Debbie Downer accounts and will use our social media manager Julie's tips for making my Twitter world a

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