Having trouble remembering things correctly? Start sleeping on time

Having trouble remembering things correctly? Start sleeping on time

A team of researchers has shed new light on sleep’s vital role in boosting our memory. Sleep, they show, helps us to use our memory in the most flexible and adaptable manner possible by strengthening new and old versions of the same memory to similar extents. Previous research suggested that sleep-deprivation is similar to being drunk, and leads to memory lapses, while stimulating the brain during sleep strengthens memory. The University of York researchers also demonstrated that when a memory is retrieved — when we remember something — it is updated with…

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6 reasons fall is the best time to travel

6 reasons fall is the best time to travel

Fall is coming, and with it stunning foliage, sweater weather, and pumpkin-spiced treats. But did you know that fall is also one of the best times of the year for travel? With fewer crowds, lower prices, and an abundance of festivals, here are all the reasons why you should be packing your bags this fall. View As: One Page Slides The weather is mild Fall climate is the perfect weather for exploring. Shutterstock/ Monkey Business Images Bring out those sweaters because fall weather is perfect for exploring, whether it’s a city or a…

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Why Good Nap Time is Essential for Kids to Develop Language Skills

Why Good Nap Time is Essential for Kids to Develop Language Skills

It is no secret that a good night’s sleep makes you feel better. Not only does sleep give your body time to rest and recharge, it may also be crucial to your brain’s ability to learn and remember. Healthy sleep puts us in the right state of mind to take in information as we go about the day. Sleep actually triggers changes in the brain that solidify memories – strengthening connections between brain cells and transferring information from one brain region to another. Imaging and behavioral studies continue to show…

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Why Good Nap Time is Essential for Kids to Develop Language Skills

Why Good Nap Time is Essential for Kids to Develop Language Skills

It is no secret that a good night’s sleep makes you feel better. Not only does sleep give your body time to rest and recharge, it may also be crucial to your brain’s ability to learn and remember. Healthy sleep puts us in the right state of mind to take in information as we go about the day. Sleep actually triggers changes in the brain that solidify memories – strengthening connections between brain cells and transferring information from one brain region to another. Imaging and behavioral studies continue to show…

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No Time to Sleep? You Could Be Hampering Your Immune System

No Time to Sleep? You Could Be Hampering Your Immune System

Why do we need to rest? There’s always so much to do and we have such little time. We have deadlines to meet and goals to achieve that we often convince ourselves that four to five hours of sleep time is more than enough. Now just ask yourself one question – do you want to be at the best of your health and live long? Living a healthy and balanced life takes dedication and effort, and you shouldn’t take it for granted. What we often fail to understand is that…

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Can Moderate Screen Time Increase Teenagers’ Well-Being?

Can Moderate Screen Time Increase Teenagers’ Well-Being?

Spending hours in front of digital screen may be harmful for adolescents. However, moderate use may not harm but increase their well-being, researchers say. “Digital screens are now an inextricable part of modern childhood. Our findings suggest that adolescents’ moderate screen use has no detectable link to well-being and levels of engagement above these points are modestly correlated with well-being,” said lead researcher Andrew Przybylski, psychological scientist at the University of Oxford. The findings showed that as a result of a digital “sweet spot” between low and high technology use,…

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Leaf Plates From Germany: Time to Switch Back to Ancient Indian Traditions?

Leaf Plates From Germany: Time to Switch Back to Ancient Indian Traditions?

Do you remember eating food out of pattals? I do. Raised in the heartland of Uttar Pradesh, I was quite close to the rustic and traditional ways of living as compared to some of my friends and colleagues living in metros. I remember some of my favourite street stalls and most iconic canteens and eateries in Allahabad serving pav bhajis, poori sabjis and samosas in donas made out of dried leaves. My father would note the economical aspect of such a practice, not to mention the fact that leaves are…

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Getting kids to eat veggies when there’s no time for family meals

Getting kids to eat veggies when there’s no time for family meals

Eating meals as a family is a proven way to get kids to follow healthier diets, but there are other tricks parents can try when there’s no way to get everyone around the same table, a recent study suggests. In homes where family meals were rare, children ate more fruits and vegetables when these items were readily available and they routinely saw parents consume them too, the survey of about 2,500 teens in Minnesota found. “Interestingly, we found that in the absence of regular family meals these other parenting practices…

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The Stress of the Holidays – and 2016 – May Make This the Perfect Time to Try Meditation

The Stress of the Holidays – and 2016 – May Make This the Perfect Time to Try Meditation

If we can agree on one thing, it’s that this holiday season is especially stressful. This year it’s not just about the crush of shopping, decorating, cooking and traveling, but the whirl of emotions about getting together with friends and family, some of whom may disagree with you on matters more weighty than whose holiday sweater is ugliest. It may be the year to spike the eggnog. Better yet, it may be the year to try meditation. We spoke to Tara Brach, a psychologist, teacher and founder of the Insight…

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Sleeping Time Linked to Poor Self-Regulation Among Teens

Sleeping Time Linked to Poor Self-Regulation Among Teens

Poor self-regulation among teens is strongly associated with when one sleeps in relation to their body’s natural circadian rhythm, finds a study. According to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, daytime sleepiness and being a night owl appear to be more strongly associated with poor self-regulation. “The results of this study suggest it is not how long you sleep that has the biggest impact on self-regulation, but when you sleep in relation to the body’s natural circadian rhythms and how impaired you are by sleepiness,” said Judith Owens, Director…

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