Men need bigger noses because they tend to have more muscle—meaning they need more oxygen, a new study suggests. Researchers followed the growth of 18 women and 20 men from age three to past 20. While kids' nose sizes weren't much different between sexes, male noses started getting bigger around the time of puberty. That's also the period when males start to use more oxygen and energy than females.
In the study, men's noses were some 10% larger than women's. This could also explain why Neanderthals, who were bigger than we are, had big noses.
Comes together quickly on weeknight, tastes delicious any day of the week!
1 package (7 oz) small pasta shells
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups cubed cooked red potatoes
1 can (15-1/2 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
2 cans (8 oz each) tomato sauce
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the carrots, celery and garlic; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Stir in the potatoes, corn, tomato sauce, salt and pepper; heat through. Drain pasta and add to skillet; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook until cheese is melted.
The number of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise, health officials say. The latest survey says more than one in 10 children has been diagnosed with it. ADHD has been increasing for at least 15 years. Experts think that's because more doctors are looking for ADHD, and more parents know about it. But the new survey suggests the increase may be leveling off a little.
The numbers come from a 2011 survey of parents with children ages 4 to 17 done by the CDC. A 2007 survey found 9.5% of kids had been diagnosed with ADHD, which makes it hard for kids to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors.
Kids today aren't running nearly as fast as their parents did at the same age. In fact, in a one-mile run, youngsters now are about 1.5 minutes slower on those laps than children 30 years ago, according to a new study.
In the U.S. alone, researchers found that children's cardiovascular endurance — one of the cornerstones of physical fitness — fell an average of 6 percent per decade between 1970 and 2000. The reason is simple: they're carrying too much body fat, making it "more difficult [for them] to move through space," explains lead researcher. Beyond battling obesity, kids also have to contend with an environment that is toxic to activity, he says.
In the study, managers reported negative perceptions toward tattooed applicants. Some said that tattoos are the first thing hiring mangers talk about when you leave; others admitted that if there were two equal applicants, they'd probably choose the one without a tat. How come? In this study in particular, managers worked for hotels, banks, and universities—organizations with customers who may still view tattoos in a negative light. But "it all depends on the type of customer," says the study author.
In fact, some companies proactively recruit employees with tattoos, he says. Nearly 40 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds in the U.S. are inked up, and "when these people age, the stigma attached to tattoos will diminish," he says.
Volunteering makes you a more desirable job candidate, according to a new survey. Here's the hitch: While 76% of HR executives say nonprofit work looks attractive on a resume, the candidates themselves don't think so; less than half of all applicants surveyed don't believe it makes a difference in a job search.
But volunteering showcases flexibility, a worldly perspective, and an ability to put the skills you learned in school to use, says the director of the study. For recent college grads without much work experience or people with gaps in employment, hiring managers see volunteering as a form of on-the-job training, boosting your odds of getting a real offer.
Think of this like asking what your friend weighs-unless she's your BFF since birth, you just don't make the inquiry. Same goes for the specific carats on your friend's new ring. Truth be told, I wouldn't even know what size my own diamond is had I not peeked at the specs on the certificate that came with it, and I assume many other women simply don't even know.
2. "OMG yours is so big compared to mine."
Really? Why would you tell a chick something she already knows (because she has eyes)? An engaged friend of mine told me that some girl, within two seconds of meeting her, grabbed her hand, then glared at her own fiancé to say, "Hers is bigger than mine!" Nice way to spread the awkward, and make your guy to feel like total jerk.
3. "Can you send me a picture of your ring so I can send it to my boyfriend?"
Sure, because my engagement is all about your non-engagement.
4. "Your ring is so cute."
Cute is a great word for describing a puppy, a small child, a mini-cupcake-basically anything tiny. While the size of a ring doesn't matter (only the size of the couple's love for each other...awwww), it's rude to point out the itty-bitty-ness of the stone. Also, never say something like, "Oh, that's a nice starter ring-you can always upgrade later."
5. "Took him long enough!"
Okay, so we all know the guy dragged his feet-or at least it appears that way to everyone else. But judge-y comments like this one are just not appropriate-or very nice, ya hear?
6. "How long have you been together?"
An engaged woman recently told me that while this can be a totally innocent question, more often than not, "it's usually asked in a judge-y, you-need-to-justify-your-engagement-with-years-of-prior-commitment kind of way." Or, the question is used to compare the state of the asker's relationship with your own, as in, "well this guy proposed after nine months, so why hasn't mine?"
7. "Have you set a date yet?"
Oh, you mean in the two seconds since we've been engaged?
8. "Can I be a bridesmaid?"
Unless you are the engaged woman's adorably precocious 12-year-old cousin, you should never ask this.
9. "I can't wait for the wedding/bridal shower/bachelorette!"
Uh, slow your roll, sister. Something about engagements magically makes acquaintances think they are closer to you than they actually are. To save yourself hurt feelings-and to save the affianced in question some major awkwardness-wait for your invite before inquiring about these events.
10. "Are you sure you want to marry him?"
The only person allowed to ask this is your mom or your BFF and they are allowed to ask it exactly one time -and one time only-just to make certain that you're not secretly wracked with guilt, stress, or what have you worrying that you're making a huge mistake. Anyone else? Negatory.
11. "Are you pregnant?"
12. "You are so lucky!"
This is meant nicely, I'm sure, but the idea that lifelong love has something to do with hitting some kind of life jackpot is a little insulting. Most couples I know work hard to make their relationships as great as they are and there's nothing lucky about that.
13. "Are you sure you want that chocolate? Don't you have to diet for your wedding or something?"
This is usually said by some (single) frenemy who wants to make the engaged chick in question feel like crap for not being on some super-strict pre-wedding eating (er, not eating) regimen. Keep your body negative comments to yourself.
14. "OMG you should totally do X at your wedding!"
Look, maybe you got married before Pinterest launched and now all you want in life is to go back in time and fill all of your reception tables with mason jar vases wrapped in twine. But unsolicited advice is not appreciated-especially when the bride-to-be is already trying to dodge the countless opinions of her parents and future in-laws.
15. "Well...(long pause)...as long as you're happy."
Passive aggressive much? Look, if you don't have anything nice to say, then shut up. Don't mention the divorce rate, the stats on the average length of first marriage, et cetera, et cetera. We know the odds. We don't need reminding. Especially on our wedding days. A friend told me that, while she was bridesmaid in another pal's wedding, some bitter family member approached the group while they were getting ready and proclaimed that, "in four years you'll hate your husband but you'll still love these girls." Mean!
Learning to play an instrument later in life can improve your mental and physical health, says a new study. After older adults spent 10 weeks taking music lessons, their well-being scores on a mental health exam increased by an average of 7%.
The new musicians also spent more time breaking a sweat and meeting with friends or acquaintances. Research has found that general learning boosts happiness and energy levels later in adulthood.
Picking up an instrument not only ups your short-term sense of pleasure, but also bolsters longer-term feelings of personal satisfaction and progress as you get the hang of it—things that tend to wane as you age, the researchers say.
These seem logical. I always thought that the first thing that couples should do before marriage, is say "I Do."
Have one big fight.
I'm not saying you need to pick a fight with your partner, but as I found out the hard way, there is a wrong and a right way to fight. I tended to shut down and invoke the silent treatment early in our marriage whenever we would fight, which wasn't exactly a productive way of solving problems. If you don't disagree before marriage, how will you know how to handle disagreements later on?
Discuss your finances.
Sit down and have an honest and in-depth discussion about each of your finances - we're talking the good, the bad, and the ugly. Write down everything you owe, from credit card debt to student loans. Be honest and make decisions about how you'll handle your future finances. Will you have joint checking accounts? Who will pay the bills? Deciding important financial details now may save you heartache later.
Talk about your life goals.
"Take time to really look at your personal goals and ideals in regard to important issues such as finances, employment, household duties, religion, politics, children and family," says Dr. Carla. "If you and your partner can't come to an agreement about each of these issues, then now is the time to sort it out. During courtship (dating and engagement periods), there can be a tendency to sublimate goals or ideals in order to be better aligned with a partner."
Accept your partner.
As Dr. Carla points out, this tip sounds simple, but it's actually at the root of many failed marriages. "Couples often enter marriage believing that he or she will change the other person," she says. "Some hold the belief that the other person will morph over time because of the power of love and marriage. However, people tend to become only more of who they are over time. If you enter your marriage thinking your partner will change once the wedding band is on, be prepared for a harsh awakening. If you can't accept your partner as he or she is, marriage will not be the cure."
Invest in communication.
"If you feel that your relationship has communication issues now, take the time to invest in a communication course for couples," Dr. Carla advises. "Many health plans offer such classes, and they can be worth their weight in gold. By learning to invest in communication (and your marriage) now, you set the stage for years of solid teamwork in the future."
Be honest with your partner.
"Bring the skeletons out of your closet," says Dr. Carla Marie Greco, a clinical psychologist in California. "This doesn't mean hanging out your 'dirty laundry' indiscriminately. What is a true necessity is being honest about anything you've hidden or forgotten to disclose that might impact your partner now or later. Your partner deserves to know the full truth of who you are and how you 'came to be' (including any mistakes you made or any untruths you may have previously told him or her). Better honest now than devastated later!"
Bring up the baby factor.
Maybe kids aren't on your horizon just yet or maybe you're already a parent. Either way, it's a good idea to check in with your partner about where he's at on the baby-making scene before you tie the knot. Are we talking a honeymoon baby or lots of child-free years ahead of you both?
When buying used products, complimenting the seller will get you a better deal, finds a new study.
Researchers examined the "endowment effect," which is what happens when people who are selling their possessions—like a car or an old TV on Craigslist—feel threatened by the impending loss, prompting them to jack up the price. But when you butter up the seller, you bring their guard down, which lessens the threat of a loss and boosts your odds of saving money, the study says.
People who danced just once in the past year were 62 percent more likely to report being in good health than those who hadn't, according to new research. Now, this was just a study using people's self-reported data, so researchers didn't prove a cause and effect.
But the health benefits of busting a move are undeniable: Aside from the obvious physical perks you get from breaking a sweat on the floor, dancing can also help boost your memory, prevent dementia, reduce depression, and even impress the ladies. (Studies show that women rate good dancers as more attractive, and make blind personality judgments based on how well you move.)
Having a team meeting each week lets you keep the lines of communication open. We're not talking about cuddling on the couch, either. Sit down at a table and run this more or less like a business meeting. The fact is that every relationship has some "business" to it -- tasks that need to get done, upcoming projects you need to prepare for, financial concerns and so on. Spending a little time each week focusing on what needs to happen to keep your home running smoothly means that these conversations don't sneak into the "fun" times you have together. Meet up, make a plan and get back to living in bliss.
9. Use a joint calendar
Having a calendar you use is vital for staying organized with commitments. Sharing these appointments with your partner helps prevent conflicts of scheduling, and also keeps you both reminded of things you're doing together. So avoid the whole problem by using a web-based service like Google Calendar makes it easy to share events or even an entire calendar with your significant other -- but if you insist on pen and paper, keep it in a place you can both refer to it.
8. Track your finances
Using a budget and reconciling your checkbook are fine, but technology has made tracking your money even easier. We love automated solutions like Mint.com, since you're able to track your balances for all your accounts in one place, along with detailed spending analysis. For those who prefer an offline solution, consider budget software like Quicken. Money fights are some of the most common in relationships, so track your spending. Having an open discussion about spending habits before you're over budget for the month will make things better for both of you.
7. If you combine your finances, streamline the system
There are dozens of ways to handle money in a relationship. However if you agree to jointly handle money, make the system as streamlined as possible. At minimum, we'd suggest a joint account that you both pay into, so you can pay bills jointly, and allows you to move money back and forth if one of you needs to pay the other for something. This type of central "pool" makes sharing bills easy, while also making it difficult for your partner to spend your private finances.
6. Use a joint shopping list
Nothing's worse than getting home from the store and realizing you forgot one thing -- except, maybe for having to run back out to the store just to get that one thing. It's a waste of time and energy, and the odds of it happening double when you become a couple. Keep a shopping list somewhere you can both see and add to it, and before you take it to go shopping, make a final check for anything you're low on that's not been added to the list.
5. Have a system for paying bills
Missing a bill payment can waste money on late fees, and falling far behind on your payments can hurt your credit or even see your utilities turned off. Spending a few minutes setting up a payment system can save you both headaches. It's usually best to have one person pay the bills each month or at least split them up -- he always pays the water and she always pays the cable, for example. Once you're clear who's paying what, set up automatic payments for everything you can. The more you can automate this part of your finances, the better.
4. Have a mail system
Have a system for who gets the mail each day -- we like "first one home gets the mail" since it works no matter how much your schedules change. Once the mail is in the house, have a place where it lives, so both of you always know where to find it. Having a spot for mail to come into the house -- and for mail that needs to be sent -- will keep you organized and avoid the stress of looking for a lost bill or important document.
3. Save for goals as a couple
Having savings is important and so is having goals. A savings goal is the best of both, and a great way to get organized as a couple. Planning a trip or a home improvement project? Figure out how much you need to save each month, and each contribute to a joint account. Even if you don't have combined finances, joint savings accounts can be set up easily
2. Divide up the household chores
Most people don't enjoy housework, but splitting the load makes it more bearable. Decide who's responsible for what and divide up the work in a way that gets you both involved in keeping the house running smoothly. Even if you don't like cleaning the house, there are probably some chores you mind less than others, so do those. Don't mind cooking but hate the cleanup? Maybe you should both agree that one of you cooking means the other washes up afterward
1. Use a to-do list app that allows task sharing
While many still swear by pen and paper, to-do list software does have a number of advantages. If you're open to using an electronic program, look for a few key features: it should sync to your smartphone and it should allow you to share tasks. If you and your partner can share tasks, it makes compiling a shopping list or errand list easy. The key to organization is having a home for everything; having a trusted "one spot" to look for everything and know it will be there. Having one spot where both of you can look and find everything you need to buy and do will simplify errands and chores for you as a couple.
Sending texts, emails and Facebook messages can be faster than sitting down for a face-to-face conversation. But an Oxford University study found that couples who talk more through digital channels are likely to be less satisfied with their relationships. It could be because technology strips away the emotion that comes with communicating in person. "The further you get from expressing yourself fully, the more room there is for couples to miss each other," says Jenev Caddell, PsyD, founder of My Best Relationship Psychological Services, PLLC. Be sure to balance the occasional "thinking of you" text with face time, especially for pressing concerns.
2. On-Screen Romances
Can't get enough of fictional couples in movies and TV shows? That actually may distance you from your spouse. Research has shown that marrieds who believe strongly in TV depictions of romance are less committed to their current relationships. Despite rocky times for sitcom and romcom twosomes, viewers come to expect roses and adventures as everyday treats from their spouses, which just doesn't happen. "They remove themselves from their own reality," Dr. Caddell says. Using storylines as inspiration to try something new together can be wonderful, as long as you remember real relationships don't operate exactly as scripted ones do.
3. Poor Sleep
Getting enough rest is a health must-and maybe a marriage must, too. A UC Berkeley study revealed that couples engage in more intense spats after a bad night's sleep. "If you're sleep-deprived, you have poor concentration and can't think clearly," says Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD, psychologist and expert for WebMD's Relationships and Coping Community. So it's no wonder difficult discussions can turn ugly. If things get heated with your partner, own up to feeling more tired than usual. Then, readdress the issue after you've had some decent shut-eye.
4. Grand Gestures of Affection
The occasional fancy getaway can't compensate for a missing daily spark. In 2011, the National Marriage Project discovered that parents who do small, helpful things for each other, like making coffee or expressing affection, are less likely to get divorced than those who don't. "If you haven't nurtured the close relationship, your partner might not care much about the grand gestures," Dr. Becker-Phelps says. Learn the little things your spouse enjoys and find ways to incorporate them into your routine. And don't forget to acknowledge how much your husband's acts of kindness mean to you.
5. Never Arguing
Just because you don't fight doesn't mean things are peachy. "No differences is a sign couples aren't being honest with each other," Dr. Becker-Phelps says. Besides, arguing is good for your health, according to a University of Michigan study. Avoiding conflict can increase stress hormone levels, something your relationship could do without. The best way to broach an uncomfortable topic: Start with positives. "Let your partner know you feel good with him, and be clear that you're talking only about a particular behavior," she suggests.
6. Divorcing Friends
Be wary of rifts between married pals. Research has found that divorce spreads through social networks, families and even workplaces. "It's less about what's happening in others' relationships and more about how you perceive it," Dr. Becker-Phelps says. For instance, if your friend's spouse cheats, your trust in your partner may waver. What matters, though, is how your marriage ticks, not that of those around you. "Have other relationships be secondary to what you know about your own," she recommends.
7. Date Night
Deciding what to do together can be as frustrating as making the time. "Women prefer planned activities while men tend to be spontaneous," says Howard Markman, PhD, co-author of Fighting for Your Marriage. A romantic dinner out may be up your alley, but your hubby might be hoping for a casual movie night at home. In truth, you both need to be open to what the other thinks is fun. Suggest something he'd like without having all the details beforehand. And next time, encourage him to set aside an hour or two for an activity you like. You'll both end up winners.
8. Apologizing Too Much
Saying sorry isn't what your spouse really wants after a fight. "An apology by itself likely won't address your partner's main concerns," says Keith Sanford, PhD, a researcher on a Baylor University study that found most couples would prefer their better half give up power or contribute more to the relationship than say sorry. Instead of apologizing, try compromising. Speak up about what you need, say, more involvement around the house, and hear out your husband about his needs. Disagreements go more smoothly when you deal directly with the issue.
9. Your Dreams
A nightmare about a cruel or unfaithful husband can lead to a real-life argument with your saint of a spouse, according to new research. "They wake up and that idea is active in their minds and affects how they behave," says Dylan Selterman, PhD, the study's author and a psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland. Such dreams could stem from your insecurities, like thinking your partner will abandon or cheat on you. While you're awake, discuss together what may be sparking those feelings. You could end up with sweeter dreams-and fewer fights.
Start a blog, take up a new hobby (preferably one where you'll meet new people, like joining a running club), read a novel, write a novel, paint your room, learn how to take really good photographs, sort out your closet and host a clothing swap, learn chess with a friend, teach yourself Chinese-basically, keep yourself busy with something that will make you feel good about yourself afterwards. (Meaning, watchingFelicity a third time doesn't count.)
2. Look Better
We like to call this a "breakover"-because nothing will motivate you more on the treadmill than the revenge of looking hotter than ever post-breakup. Work out, eat right, learn how to lift weights, get a new haircut, take up hot yoga, pluck your nose hair, do a hundred sit-ups before every shower... by the time you've done all this, you'll have forgotten who you were trying to get revenge on in the first place.
3. Be Better
Volunteer somewhere. Because nothing puts your own problems in perspective like helping out people who are even less fortunate than you are. You know, people who fought for their country and ended up in a wheelchair; people who are dying in a nursing home with no one to visit them; kids who have nowhere to go after school; people who can't get a date to the soup kitchen. We won't be so crass as to suggest you might meet someone new this way, but we know it crossed your mind. We won't tell.
4. Use the Power of Negative Thinking
You know what? It wasn't a perfect relationship. We don't care how in love you were, we're sure you can find something negative to focus on. Prematurely yellowing toe-nails? Bad tipper? Weak chin? Meditate on these attributes every time you're tempted to don the rose-colored glasses and reminisce about your ex.
5. And Then Think Positively
Odds are, you will love again. Seriously, it's statistically highly unlikely that you will die alone, with only seven cats for company. Or maybe you will die alone surrounded by your cats, but we're pretty sure you'll have squeezed in a decades-long happy marriage first. You'll have sex again. You'll have regrettable sex again. You'll have bad dates again, and good dates again, and eventually you'll have a date that's so awesome you'll want to call up your ex and thank them for dumping you so that you could meet the new love of your life. We know your mom is probably telling you the same thing right now, but we're not your mom. We hardly know you! And when we agree with your mom, you know the truth is being told.
Fast weeknight dish here, the pan-fried salmon is simple and delicious!
4 salmon steaks (6 oz each)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 large plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp minced fresh basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Hot cooked linguine
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook salmon in oil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, cook and stir onion until crisp-tender. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, water, basil, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; carefully return salmon to the pan. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with linguine.
Researchers at the University of Utah gave mice a diet of 25% sugar—equivalent to three extra sodas per day in people—and found the males less likely to reproduce or defend their territory. Females had it worse, dying at double their normal rate. Now consider that the National Research Council tells us that this level of added sugar is considered safe in humans.
Why rely on a study of mice? They're considered roughly equivalent to humans in dietary studies because they've had a similar diet to ours for about 10,000 years, and up to 80% of what's toxic to them is toxic to people.
A new study suggests that for each additional brother or sister a person has, that person's chances of getting divorced go down by 2%. But don't go too crazy; the effect wears off after around seven siblings.
What could explain the effect? The researchers, who looked at General Social Survey data from more than 57,000 adults collected between 1972 and 2012, suggest siblings help nurture social skills that later come in handy during married life.
Ever wonder why people sing Happy Birthday before eating cake? Or propose toasts prior to a round of drinks? Well, new research suggests it may be because these and other pre-meal rituals actually make the food taste better.
The recent psychology study, led by Professor Kathleen Vohs at the University of Minnesota, asked subjects to perform a ritual prior to eating the food that they had been given. In one of the experiments, subjects were given a chocolate bar, were asked to break it in half without unwrapping it and eat it before eating the second half. The results found that subjects found the chocolate tastier after having performed the pre-chocolate ritual. A similar experiment was done with carrots. Finally, the researchers showed that watching someone else methodically mix powdered drinks does not make it taste any better, suggesting that personal involvement is key.
Vohs and her team cite what is called “intrinsic interest” – the idea that rituals get people more involved in what they are doing – as the main reason for the elevated tastiness. Vohs says that she hopes to expand her research on rituals to other facets of life, looking to study rituals performed before surgery and their influence on postoperative pain and the recovery process.
So the next time you’re sitting in front of a heaping plate of spaghetti, say a quick grace and enjoy it to the fullest.
Some like it hot… but if you’re like most people, you like to sleep in a nice cool environment. But sometimes it seems downright impossible to do so especially with the encroaching heat. Researchers have found that the ideal temperature for sleeping is approximately 64°, a difficult number to reach without air conditioning in the mid-July weather. With the hottest part of summer upon us, here are some tips for staying cool while you catch some Zs:
Keep your pillow in the refrigerator during the day – That’s right. Researchers say that the initial drop in body temperature when your head hits the pillow will help you fall and stay asleep easier.
Pick the right bedding – Mattress protectors made from cotton wadding help to wick away moisture from your skin due to their natural fibers.
Put your windows to work – Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day will prevent heat from building up in the room, whereas opening them at night will allow cool air to flow into the room.
Run your hands and wrists under cold water – the veins in your arm will carry the cooler blood around the body temporarily. Be sure to dry your hands and go to sleep right after.
Don’t worry – Stress hormones in the body keep the brain at work and prevent you from getting the sleep you need.
When you go on a diet, nothing is more difficult than trying to keep it. Especially when a beautiful glazed donut presents itself to you in a bakery window. But hard as it may be, don’t reach for it. Sounds like a big “duh” right? Well a new study shows that the donut may be worse for your diet than you think.
According to the results of the study, performed by researchers from the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, processed carbohydrates can activate the regions of the brain involved in hunger, craving, and reward, especially in subjects currently dieting. Processed carbs are found in sugary foods and drinks, as well as many grain products such as white bread or bagels. The high glycemic content in said foods can cause spikes in blood sugar levels followed hours later by dramatic drops in blood sugar, leading the brain to believe it needs more food in total. This, in fact, is what leads to people eating more calories than they would like.
So the next time your stomach rumbles and your diet looks to be in danger because of that sweet treat, keep in mind these findings and reach for a healthier alternative instead. Because eating while dieting is fine, as long as it’s the right food.
It’s that time of year again. Along with the wonderful warm weather, the month of July brings about some of the year’s most fun outdoor activities: barbeques, lake swimming, bike rides along old trails, the list goes on. The heart of summer also brings about the coming of one of Earth’s biggest pests, mosquitoes. No matter what you do, sometimes it just seems too hard to keep these annoying little buggers at bay. Here are some (unconventional) tips on deterring mosquitoes so that you may enjoy the nice weather in peace:
Use a bug spray containing 50 percent DEET
Wash your feet
Avoid eating stinky cheese
Put a dryer sheet in each of your pockets
Use botanical bug-repelling diffusers, such as citronella candles
Trying to kick that pesky smoking habit? A new study suggests that an effective method of doing so may be… smoking more. You’re reading right. Researchers at the University of Catania in Italy performed a two-year study on 300 smokers, asking them to try e-cigarettes. They found that after 12 months, 8.7% of them were no longer smoking real cigarettes. In addition, the study found that 4% of subjects who were given an e-cigarette with no nicotine also abstained from cigarette smoking after a 12-month period. This implies that the act of smoking in itself can be effective in easing smokers from the addictive active ingredient. According to Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health, e-cigarettes “are at least as good” as other FDA approved products used to curtail smoking.
With the recent surge in the popularity of e-cigarettes, researchers around the world are only now beginning large clinical trials on the new smoking alternative. While the numbers above imply the possible benefits of e-cigarette smoking, scientists still have much to learn on its complete effects on the human body. Regardless, smokers looking to quit can be hopeful with this new-found knowledge.
You know how annoying it is when people a LOT younger than you complain about being old? Maybe this will help. We now have an OFFICIAL GUIDE to getting old.
A new survey asked people to name the signs you're getting old. Here are the top 15. So if these don't apply to you, you're NOT as old as you think . . .
1. Feeling stiff.
2. Groaning when you bend down.
3. Saying, "It wasn't like that when I was young."
4. Saying, "Back in my day."
5. Losing your hair.
6. Not recognizing any songs in the Top 10.
7. Hairy ears, bushy eyebrows, and extra nose and facial hair.
8. Hating noisy bars and restaurants.
9. Talking a lot about your joints, or your day-to-day aches and pains.
10. Forgetting people's names.
11. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort over style.
12. Thinking cops, teachers, and doctors look young.
13. Falling asleep in front of the TV.
14. Needing an afternoon nap.
15. Finding you have no idea what young people are talking about.
With the end of the academic year upon us, kids everywhere will be escaping the confines of their schools and, thus, the horror that is cafeteria lunches. Most fourth graders choke down the food, as it is their only means of getting outside quickly for recess. But luckily for documentary enthusiasts and elementary school gastronomes alike, 11-year-old Zachary Maxwell is not most fourth graders.
In the fall of 2011, the New York City public school student became fed up with the NYC Department of Education (DOE), claiming that the meals they provided didn’t live up to their lofty descriptions in the online menu. In response, Maxwell snuck a video camera into school periodically over the next six months in order to document the true nature of the school lunches. The resulting film, titled Yuck, has blown up since its release, garnering accolades from critics and screenings at film festivals, including the Manhattan Film Festival.
Since then, the DOE has visited Zachary’s school in the Little Italy section of Manhattan. Officials from the department claim to “provide students with healthy and delicious school meals that are low in fat, sodium and calories.” While healthful meals are important for the well-being of our children, it is more important that they actually eat the food so that they may have the energy for learning. Perhaps Zachary’s impressive film is a step towards a more delicious school lunch.
I guess now that Father's Day is over, we can stop giving dads attention and go back to focusing on moms. After all, molding our nation’s youth into decent human beings is a difficult, not to mention stressful, task.
Here are some results from a big new survey on moms and STRESS:
The average mother feels stressed at least five times a day. 14% feel stressed at least 10 times a day.
The most stressful time of day is 11:56 A.M. Probably because it's right around lunch time, when they realize the morning is over and there's a TON of stuff still left to do.
The second-most stressful time is 8:01 A.M. And the third-most stressful time is 5:30 P.M.
The most stressful situation is going to the grocery store with kids. The rest of the top five are: Juggling housework with taking care of kids . . . the chaos of the morning . . . trying to get kids to eat . . . and preparing different meals for picky kids.
And the average mother spends three hours and 28 minutes a day doing family tasks.
Men's hair isn't very complex. You cut it, grow it, cut it, grow it, and repeat the cycle until it falls out. And a new survey just put that cycle into numbers. The grow-and-cut cycle part...
According to the survey, the average man only has FIVE hairstyles in his life . . . and picks his permanent hairstyle by age 32. Women try an average of seven hairstyles in their lifetime. The survey also found two out of three men say they'd MUCH rather go gray than see their hairline start to recede.
Also . . . 12% of men would consider dying their hair gray to keep up with trends, and 6% actually DO already dye their hair gray.
If you're too scared to go skydiving, here's something that MIGHT make you feel like less of a coward. Driving during rush hour is JUST as thrilling.
A new study out of MIT found that driving in bad traffic causes the same stress in your body as jumping out of an airplane. We're thinking it doesn't quite give you the same adrenaline rush, of course . . . but all the stress is there.
For the study, the researchers measured people's facial expressions, heart rate, and stress levels in different situations. Tough driving situations and extreme sports both led to the same facial expressions and reactions in the body.
In fact, on a day-to-day basis, driving is usually THE most stressful thing we do . . . more stressful than the average day of work.
The study also randomly found the least stressful thing we do on a day-to-day basis is eat breakfast.
Not many Americans who are now entering their retirement years are like Martha Stewart. She’s 71 and still physically, mentally and socially fit.
What’s her secrets?
Martha Stewart is an American business magnate, author, magazine publisher, and television personality. She was inspired by her mother who lived into her 90s and was healthy until right away before she died. She said that she always wonders what she’s doing to stay healthy.
Her book is very personal and inspirational resource for aging well and caring for others. She shares her experiences, tips, solution, advice and her success stories in maintaining strong health.
Martha Stewart compares aging to a bonsai tree, which is revered in Japan and, with proper care, blooms as it ages. Here are Stewart's "10 Golden Rules" for staying psycally and mentally fit into and beyond middle age:
• Eat well
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Stay physically active
• Get quality sleep
• Wear sunscreen
• Collaborate with a good primary care doctor regularly
• Find your passion
• Connect with others
• Stop complaining — change what you can, and accept what you cannot
• Stay curious
In her 71 she doesn't think about age much at all because she said she has so much to do, so many things to accomplish, and so much to look forward to.
The morning isn’t an awful time of the day when you know the ideal ways to start it. Many people might still have problem to get out of bed with their eyes still closed and try to stumble around in order to get ready to start another day.
How do you usually start your day?
Starting your morning right is one of the most important links in the chain of a balanced life. Here are a few tips that might be helpful for you.
Get enough sleep. Stop watching TV too much or checking your social media sites. Going to bed early will make you get enough sleep.
Get enough sleep. Seriously, I didn’t make a mistake by repeating this. Most people need about 8 hours of sleep.
Start your day with a shower. A nice hot shower is the best way to wake up in the morning and there is simply nothing else that I can say about it.
Start your day with music. What kind of music do you like? Classical, rock, party tunes, country … whatever it is, play it to make you feel good.
Do not watch TV or read a newspaper. Don’t fill up your fresh mind after a good night with negative information about economy, politics or any news that make you down.
Exercise. Morning exercise is always good for your body before you get busy with your activities. Walking, stretching, cycling, and yoga can be your morning exercises.
Eat a balanced breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it.
Do not make email your morning priority. If the first thing in the morning you rush to your computer then you will miss those precious minutes that you can spend doing your morning exercises, fixing your breakfast and enjoying your life.
Hang an inspiring morning picture in front of your bed. For example a huge picture of your wedding. You can pick either a picture that will make you feel happy in the morning.
Practice positive thinking. Try thinking of something good like “The weather is great today, I will definitely go for a walk during lunch,” “It’s so wonderful that I am healthy and happy with my family”. Start your day positive and your days will be much happier and less stressful than they’ve been before.
What do you think? You will notice your life will change positively and less stressful in just a few months if you find the ideal ways to start your day.
Any different thoughts that you want to share? Comment please!
Photographs are such a joy. They have powers to improve our outlook on life.
Cameras and phones have evolved to make taking photos so much easier. In her blog, Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling book The Happiness Project mentioned 7 reasons why photography can boost happiness:
1. Photos remind us of the people, places, and activities we love.
2. Photos help us remember the past.
3. Photos can save space while preserving memories.
4. A photo of something can sometimes replace the thing itself.
5. Photographs allow us to look after things you love.
6. Taking photos maintains creativity.
7. Taking photographs can act as a diary.
What has been forgotten by Rubin? What are some other ways that photos can boost your happiness?
How do you get a kid to eat spinach? With this recipe!
2 cups crushed seasoned stuffing
1 cup finely chopped onion
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tbsp chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
2 packages (10 oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
In a large bowl, combine everything but the spinach. Then stir in the spinach until blended. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place on a cooking-spray coated baking sheet and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Eat these 13 brain-boosting foods: walnuts, coffee, fish, spinach, olive oil, flaxseed, mussels, dark chocolate, Greek yogurt, asparagus, peppermint, and oranges.
Challenge Yourself. This way is to force you think.
Switch up your news source. Reading makes you develop concentration, which is crucial for healthy aging.
Ward off depression. Exercise helps balance the chemical cocktail but mood dishorders can be the result of chemical imbalance in the brain.
Know what's normal memory loss. Age is faster than other brain parts.
Move to remember more. Brain is to also handle memories. You can have a year of regular aerobic exercise that can up the size of an adult’s hippocampus by 2 percent.
Strength train. For instance strength training for 60 minutes, three times a week for six months!
Drink Up. Do not skip your coffee. Just limit yourself to one cup 30 minutes before you need the boost. The effect can linger up to 6 hours. But don’t drink too much- 4 to five cups a day could hurt your cognitive performance.
Turn up the Jams. Listening to music at work can lead to increase cognitive performance.
Chew Gum. A study said students who chewed gum a few minutes before a test scored better than those who didn’t. The boost in brainpower could come from a neural arousal that chewing can bring about.
Looks like all those ways are prety easy to do. Let's do it regularly. Wait, did you think this research missed other ways that you might know? Please share and comment.
Everybody has 24 hours a day. With many things to do, can we really make time for both heading to gym and preparing meals? Or do you sacrifice one thing for another?
The recent study conducted by Rachel Tumin analyzed more than 112,000 American adults who were surveyed about their activities over a 24-hour period. The result found that about 16 percent of men and 12 percent of women said they exercised that day. On average, women spent 44 minutes to prepare food and nine minutes for exercising, while men spent 17 minutes preparing food and 19 minutes exercising.
What do you think? Please comment if you have different thoughts.
Did you know that the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington found that fish can make you live 2 years longer?
Here is the secret:
The study explained that fatty acids like Omega 3s are able to build cell membranes, resolve inflammation, and affect our genes. Dariush Mozaffarian from the Harvard School of Public Health says that fatty, oil fish like salmon, herring, anchovies, and trout are the most densely packed with Omega 3s.
Other studies also found Omega 3s functions to lower heart rate and blood pressure, and help your heart relax.
So if you don’t eat fish, try to eat now once or twice a week. By doing so, you get two benefits at once: nutrition for your body and live longer!
Here is up coming event this weekend for people ages 50 and older. Come and join Tamilee Webb of "Buns of Steel" and "Abs of Steel" fame, who is going to share her experiences in the fitness world and healty living tips. This event will be this Saturday, March 23rd from 8am – 3pm at Monona Terrace, Madison.
You also have chance to win great prizes between 10am and noon. So purchase your ticket(s) by calling 608.261.4000 (M-Fr, between 8am-5pm), afterhours leave a message with your contact information at 608.261.4062.
Ticket price is $5 in advance and $7 day of event. Please call Misty Lohrentz at 608-261-4062 for event information.
This event is presented by the Madison Senior Center, St. Mary's GoldenCare, and the YMCA of Dane County partnership with Monona Terrace.
It's the $10 million question you've never cared to ask: What's the best way to secure a bag of bread?
In one corner, the humble twist-tie—simple but more labor-intensive. In the other, plastic clips—less work but more room for error. You may not even notice which tiny piece of equipment is safeguarding your loaf, but in the baking industry,
it's a debate that has been raging for more than 50 years, and a market that Businessweek estimates to be worth $10.6 million annually.
Don't expect a winner anytime soon. "We feel, based on surveys we've done, that the twist-tie is consumer-preferred, but of course the clip people will tell you the same thing about their product," says a marketing rep for a twist-tie maker. "I think the two methods will always co-exist."
When you think relaxation, many often think comfort food. What's one of the most common confort foods that people think of? Mom's Macaroni & Cheese.
I think for a lot of us, Mom's recipe came from a box with the word Kraft on it. Even if that was your truth, there is is an effort to throw a curveball to the folks over at the Mondelez International Inc., owners of the cheese-pasta combo.
Almost 200,000 Americans have signed a change.org petition, asking Kraft to drop two artificial dyes that give the dish it's cheesy look. The petition says Yellow 5 and 6 are the worrisome ingredients that are left out of the Mac & Cheese Kraft sells in Europe. The petition points to studies linking the dyes to long term health problems like asthma, skin rashes and migraines.
But Kraft is fighting back releasing a statement saying, "We only use colors that are approved and deemed safe for food use by the food and drug administration."
What are Yellow #5 & #6?
On June 30, 2010, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) called for the FDA to ban Yellow 6. The CSPI said, "These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody. according to Wikipedia:
Yellow 5 and 6 are both synthetic coal tar dyes made from industrial waste (coal tar).
Yellow 5 is also called Tartrazine and E102 in Europe. Banned in Norway, Austria, and Germany.
Side effects of yellow 5 - ingestion, anxiety, migraines, clinical depression, blurred vision, itching, general weakness, heatwaves, feeling of suffocation, purple skin patches, and sleep disturbance. Certain people who are exposed to the dye experience symptoms of tartrazine sensitivity even at extremely small doses, some for periods up to 72 hours after exposure. In children, asthma attacks and hives have been claimed, as well as supposed links to thyroid tumours, chromosomal damage, and hyperactivity.
There are also rumors that the dyes cause permanent 'shrinkage" in men, but so far it looks like those claims haven't been proven.
In any case, I thought this Macaroni & Cheese hypnotizing commercial was fitting to go with this story. At least you now have some more info on what's going on.
As an expert explains, "The phone will beep, they'll answer the text. They'll either respond in words or gibberish. [It] can even be inappropriate."
What the professor describes sounds a lot like texting while awake (example: "Ex-girlfriends contacting ex-boyfriends, saying 'I miss you. I want to see you'"), with one difference. "When they wake up, there's no memory." The professor insists this is a real problem.
"This interrupts what could be a good night's sleep, because they're an hour-and-a-half or two hours into their sleep cycle, and they're answering texts or the machines are beeping at them." How to combat this new woe? He quips, "Clearly, the highly complex, radical remedy is to turn off the phone." Or at least keep it on the other side of the room.
On her second year past the century mark, Clara Cowell has given in to her family and agreed to quit smoking. The British mother of four, grandmother to nine, great grandmother to 12, and great great grandmother to four conceded that after puffing on some 60,000 cigarettes, falling ash has become a risk to her health. But could it backfire?
"The secret to mum's long life is a cigarette and a cup of tea with whisky," says her 69-year-old daughter. "That and hard work and poverty. She's an inspiration."
Simply for the fact that, your day has to be going better than this guy.
This is motorcycle stuntman Jackson Strong. He decided after four hours of riding a snowmobile, he was ready to do some tricks on it. This was filmed at the X Games in Aspen last night.
1) I still don't understand why people think they can do tricks on a snowmobile.
2) I think I'm ready to head to the chiropractor after seeing this.
3) I'm glad he's OK, but I'm guessing he's going to try it again.
by Verlo's Mr. Mattress,posted Jan 24 2013 10:03AM
Did you hear about this story? There's a winter fog over the Salt Lake City area that's sickening people.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has singled out the greater Salt Lake region as having the nation's worst air for much of January, when an icy fog smothers mountain valleys for days or weeks at a time and traps lung-busting soot.
Thanks to the AP for that story, but can you imagine that? I though freezing nostrils were the worst thing that could happen to you in the winter air!
The powers that be are giving some conventional wisdom about that nasty flu bug that's going around.
You probably don't realize how much you touch your face. I just touched my face while I was saying that. And during this particularly NASTY flu season, you really SHOULD try to pay attention. Experts say a good way to keep yourself from getting the flu is to stop touching your face so much.
The average person touches their face three times an hour. And since you're not washing your hands three times an hour, you may be infecting yourself with the germs on your hands without even realizing it.
Everybody paranoid now? Great. Anyone up for a showing of Contagion?
I'm not sure the grand conclusion from a new medical study out this week was to eat more cheeseburgers, but it does say that a little extra weight might be just OK.
Wait. Is 2013 bizarro world? This seems counterintuitive from just about everything we've been told all our lives. You make the call. Here's the article:
(TIME.com) -- The longest lived among us aren't necessarily those who are of normal weight, says a new study.
According to new research this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers say that being overweight may lead to a longer life.
The somewhat surprising conclusion comes from an enormous, detailed review of over 100 previously published research papers connecting body weight and mortality risk among 2.88 million study participants living around the world.
The new research confirms that obese people, and particularly those who are extremely obese, tend to die earlier than those of normal weight. But the findings also suggest that people who are overweight (but not obese) may live longer than people with clinically normal body weight.
It's hard to imagine a worse Christmas activity than a family trip to the emergency room because you hurt yourself. A new survey of people over 45 by the American Osteopathic Association came up with this list of the top six ways people get hurt around Christmas. So be careful with all of these . . .
#1.) Slipping and falling on ice.
#2.) Shoveling snow.
#3.) Participating in winter sports.
#5.) Accidents traveling.
#6.) Wrapping presents. Yes, 7% of people said they've suffered some kind of physical pain in the past from wrapping presents.
The survey also found that 45% of women and 39% of men who hurt themselves during the holidays will try to ignore the pain until after Christmas.
Sometimes we need a reminder of the good things that happen. Thanks to Buzzfeed.com for this article:
26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year
1. The parents who made their son's wheelchair into the best Halloween costume ever
2. The terminally ill man who loves receiving mail... and got more than he ever expected. Scott Widak has Down syndrome and suffers from liver disease, and he loves receiving mail. His nephew Sean posted his P.O. Box on Reddit and the site's users responded with hundreds of letters, packages, and gifts.
3. A kind stranger who stopped a day from being ruined
8. The parents who tattooed insulin pumps on their bellies so their diabetic son wouldn't feel "different"
9. The police officer who bought shoes for a barefoot homeless man
Jennifer Foster was visiting Times Square on Nov. 14 when she snapped the heartwarming moment. Here's her account of what happened:
“Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching*. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared.”
12. The Texas A&M students that blocked Westboro Baptist Church protesters with a human wall. When students heard that Westboro Baptist Church planned on protesting the funeral of a soldier, they formed a human barricade around the funeral service to block them out.
I'll admit, I'm in the percentage of people who have an iPad.
I love it. It's a great web surfing device, email checker and I like my apps too. One thing I hate about the iPad is the lack of sleep that you get with it.
I've tried to resist the urge to grab the iPad in bed and read a book or check in Facebook/email/whatever before crashing out but I can't always.
One thing I guarantee is that the tablet will keep you up at night. Which is why adding them to hotel rooms is great for public relations, but no good for your zzzzzzz's.
A new survey finds that most US workers are very stressed (big surprise!) —and that for nearly a quarter of all employees, the top priority is simply showing up at work.
The study found that:
More than 60% of employees report high levels of stress, and another 32% report constant, but not as high, levels of stress. Low stress? Only 5% of those surveyed are that lucky.
As for that top priority, 22% listed "presenteeism"—just being present—as their main concern and the most important thing to do at work.
Why so stressed? Almost 40% say it's because their workload is increasing.
Stress causes 36% of workers to waste an hour or more each day, the study found. It also causes almost 30% of employees to miss anywhere from three to six days of work per year.
"As employers continue to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to hiring, people who currently have jobs—many of whom have taken on extra work—are starting to show signs of prolonged stress," warns the ComPsych CEO. "This can result in burnout and reduced performance."
Again, no big surprises here. I say just showing up is 99% of the battle.
Doesn't conventional wisdom tell us that most people aren't getting enough sleep these days because of all the distractions around us?
Eight hours of sleep, researchers say, will make you thinner, happier, smarter, hornier and richer. But here's the thing. It was revealed in an extensive time use survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that most Americans are getting TOO MUCH sleep.
The average American over the age of fifteen sleeps 8 hours and 43 minutes every night. Women sleep slightly more at 8 hours and 48 minutes per night, while men average 8 hours and 37 minutes per night. People sleep more on the weekend at 9 hours and 21 minutes (which is actually bad for you), but they still get a full 8 hours and 27 minutes on weekdays. Youths age 15-19 get the most sleep at around 9 hours and 28 minutes, followed by seniors at 9 hours and 21 minutes; but even the least sleeping group, adults aged 45-54, average 8 hours and 26 minutes.
Ugh...that's too much to take. I'm going back to bed.
You know the expression about opinions. Seems like everybody's got a good solution about how you can sleep well at night. A pair of new sleep studies had some interesting conclusions. They talked about how to get good sleep while you're awake.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 percent of American workers—about 40.6 million of us—average no more than six hours of sleep a day.
Here's what the study suggested:
• Be active.Exercise not only keeps your muscles, bones, and heart strong, but it may help you sleep. A recent article published in the Journal of Physiotherapy concluded that participating in an exercise training program had moderately positive effects on sleep quality in middle-aged and older adults. Althea Zanecosky, a fellow dietician of Lafayette Hill, Penn., credits her good sleep to frequent morning and after-dinner walks. Robin Plotkin, another dietician from Dallas, Tex., agrees that exercise is key to her sleeping success. "If I don't exercise for several days, I find it takes me longer to fall asleep," she says. Because the post-exercise body needs a few hours to cool down—and a cool body sleeps better—it's best to be active earlier in the day.
• Say yes to carbs. A steady dose of carbohydrate-rich foods can energize you by day, and hit your sweet spot by night. Tryptophan, an amino acid found in eggs, chickpeas, and turkey creates serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you settle down. It's the carbohydrate, however, that carries tryptophan to the brain to work its magic. Aim for half of your daily calories to come from carbohydrates, and choose mainly oatmeal and other whole grains, fruits, vegetables (including potatoes), legumes, and low-fat dairy foods. (Keep dinners and bedtime snacks small, since large, late meals can adversely affect sleep.)
• Be careful with caffeine. A stimulant of the central nervous system, caffeine is known to delay sleepiness and cause sleep disturbances. It also inhibits some sleep-promoting hormones. Because caffeine stays in the body for several hours, it's wise to abstain at least several hours before you hit the sack.
• Nix the nightcap. Alcohol seems to encourage excess food intake. And while it may also help you fall asleep, studies suggest it promotes a restless sleep and increases daytime fatigue. Current dietary guidelines allow for one drink a day for women, and two for men (one drink equals 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits). But if it's a good sleep you're after, drink earlier in the day (that is, if your boss lets you!) or rethink that drink altogether.