Dyson is way more than a company that makes some of the world’s best vacuums, as evidenced by everything from its air purifiers to its lights. And now it could be entering the audio realm soon enough. As first reported by Bloomberg, Dyson has applied for a patent that shows the company integrating its air purifying technology into a pair of headphones.

The potential “wearable air purifier” looks to be a traditional pair of headphones, but with an extra headband-like band that runs across the wearer’s face. The patent shows that each individual ear cup will have air filters and a motor built into it, and then push filtered air towards the wearer’s mouth. Thus, they can breathe clean air as they’re out and about.

Dust and gas masks are obviously already a thing, but a wearable air purifier with some added functionality would certainly have some appear. Air pollution is a huge problem in many parts of the world under normal conditions, not to mention the increase in air polution from forest fires.

There are a lot of unknowns surrounding Dyson’s potential new product, however. The most notable one being if it’ll actually ever come to market. The theoretical products described in most patents don’t. But another big question mark is from an audio perspective. While the patent describes this devices as a pair of headphones with speakers, there’s no telling how they would sound. Not to mention the headphones would have to compete with the motors built into each ear cup, which will make noise, and that could be difficult.

We’ll just have to wait and see if this device ever comes out before we find out.

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Watch our animated version on BBC Reel: How dirty air is polluting our minds

It was in 2011 that Sefi Roth, a researcher at the London School of Economics was pondering the many effects of air pollution. He was well aware of the negative outcome on health, increased hospital admissions and also mortality. But maybe, he thought, there could be other adverse impacts on our lives.

To start with, he conducted a study looking at whether air pollution had an effect on cognitive performance.

Roth and his team looked at students taking exams on different days – and also measured how much pollution was in the air on those given days. All other variables remained the same: The exams were taken by students of similar levels of education, in the same place, but over multiple days.

He found that the variation in average results were staggeringly different. The most polluted days correlated with the worst test scores. On days where the air quality was cleanest, students performed better.

“We could see a clear decline [of performance] on days that were more highly polluted,” says Roth. “Even a few days before and a few days after, we found no effect – it’s really just on the day of the exam that the test score decreased significantly.”

To determine the long-term effects, Roth followed up to see what impact this had eight to 10 years later. Those who performed worst on the most polluted days were more likely to end up in a lower-ranked university and were also earning less, because the exam in question was so important for future education. “So even if it’s a short-term effect of air pollution, if it occurs in a critical phase of life it really can have a long-term effect,” he says. In 2016 another study backed up Roth’s initial findings that pollution can result in reduced productivity.

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These insights are what led to Roth’s most recent work. In 2018 research his team analysed two years of crime data from over 600 of London’s electoral wards, and found that more petty crimes occurred on the most polluted days, in both rich and poor areas.

Although we should be wary of drawing conclusions about correlations such as these, the authors have seen some evidence that there is a causal link.

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Household air pollution is one of the leading causes of disease and premature death in the developing world.

Exposure to smoke from cooking fires causes 3.8 million premature deaths each year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Burning fuels such as dung, wood and coal in inefficient stoves or open hearths produces a variety of health-damaging pollutants, including particulate matter (PM), methane, carbon monoxide, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Burning kerosene in simple wick lamps also produces significant emissions of fine particles and other pollutants.

Particulate matter is a pollutant of special concern. Many studies have demonstrated a direct relationship between exposure to PM and negative health impacts. Smaller-diameter particles (PM2.5 or smaller) are generally more dangerous and ultrafine particles (one micron in diameter or less) can penetrate tissues and organs, posing an even greater risk of systemic health impacts.
Exposure to indoor air pollutants can lead to a wide range of adverse health outcomes in both children and adults, from respiratory illnesses to cancer to eye problems. Members of households that rely on polluting fuels and devices also suffer a higher risk of burns, poisonings, musculoskeletal injuries and accidents.

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The air that Americans breathe isn’t equal.

Blacks and Hispanics disproportionately breathe air that’s been polluted by non-Hispanic whites, according to a study. This new research quantifies for the first time the racial gap between who causes air pollution – and who breathes it. 

“Pollution is disproportionately caused by whites, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic minorities,” the study said.

Poor air quality remains the largest environmental health risk in the United States, the study warns. In fact, with 100,000 deaths per year, more Americans die from air pollution than car crashes and murders combined.

“Even though minorities are contributing less to the overall problem of air pollution, they are affected by it more,” said study co-author Jason Hill, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota, who is white. “Is it fair (that) I create more pollution and somebody else is disproportionately affected by it?” 

Hill said that while the air in the U.S. has gotten cleaner in the past decade, pollution inequity has remained stubbornly high.

“What is especially surprising is just how large pollution inequity is and has been for well over a decade,” Hill said.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved updates to the prescribing information for Belsomra® (suvorexant; Merck) to include study findings for the treatment of insomnia in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease.

The Clinical Studies section has been updated to include data from the phase 3, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 4-week polysomnography trial of Belsomra in 285 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease for the treatment of insomnia. Patients were randomized to receive either placebo or Belsomra 10mg for 14 days (77% were increased to 20mg for an additional 14 days).

Results from the trial showed that patients treated with Belsomra demonstrated a statistically significant improvement for both total sleep time and wake after sleep onset measures, compared with those who received placebo, as assessed by polysomnography at week 4. Regarding safety, adverse reactions that occurred ≥2% and greater than placebo included somnolence, dry mouth, and falls.

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“Alzheimer disease is often accompanied by disruptions to an individual’s sleep-wake patterns and overall difficulty sleeping,” said Dr W. Joseph Herring, associate vice president, Global Clinical Research, Neuroscience, Merck Research Laboratories. “We’re pleased that the prescribing information for Belsomra now includes findings from Merck’s first dedicated study of an insomnia medication in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease.”

Belsomra is an orexin receptor antagonist indicated for the treatment of insomnia, characterized by difficulties with sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance. The product is available as 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, and 20mg strength tablets and is a Schedule IV controlled substance.

For more information visit merck.com.

This article originally appeared on MPR

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What is it like to spend a night in a sleep lab? How easy is it to sleep hooked up to numerous cables? And is there a link between the microbiome and sleep?

Sleep is an essential part of our daily routine and health. Lack of sleep can be detrimental to our well-being.

Insomnia is a sleep condition that affects around one-third of the population of the United States, with 10–15 % of people experiencing “severe and chronic insomnia.”

The National Sleep Foundation describe insomnia as a condition in which a person experiences unsatisfactory sleep despite having the opportunity to sleep. In practical terms, this means trouble falling or staying asleep.

My mother has been living with insomnia for many years. Sleep is a regular topic in our conversations.

In my role as Research Editor at Medical News Today, I come across research studies into sleep regularly.

But, despite our insights into why sleep is important, what causes insomnia is not entirely clear.

A few months ago, my mom took part in a study looking into a link between the microbiome and sleep. I was very keen to speak to both her and the researcher leading the study afterward.

So, here is what happened when Mama Martin spent a night in a sleep lab.

A night at the sleep center

I arrive at the Advanced Sleep Research Institute in Berlin, Germany, at 8.00 p.m. A medical student is on duty. There are two people here today that she is looking after. She will stay awake all night to monitor our progress.

The medical student takes me to a room with a single, hospital-style bed. There is also a TV. When you lie in the bed, you can see the camera that will record your sleep.

Next, she attaches the electrodes.

She puts two on my legs and several on my upper body, which are linked to the ECG. She then places more electrodes on my upper arms, hands, and a lot on my head.

The student also attaches a mask to screen for sleep apnea to my face. It’s hard, and the indents will remain visible on my face for a while after I take it off in the morning.

Finally, she attaches an oxygen monitor to my finger. It has only taken about 5 minutes to get me prepped, but I find it hard to imagine that I will ever go to sleep like this.

As soon as my preparation is complete, I lie down.

A few minutes later, the medical student’s voice comes on over the speaker. She asks if I can hear her. Then she asks me to do a vision test — look left, look right, open eyes, close eyes.

Next, we do a breathing test. I breathe in, breathe out, through my nose, through my mouth, hold my breath. This way, she can check that all the monitors are working correctly.

If I need to go to the bathroom, I need to call her so that she can detach me from cables. I don’t drink much in the evening so that I won’t need to use the bathroom in the night.

The lights go off at 10.00 p.m.

Once I fall asleep, the clock starts ticking down the 8 hours allotted sleep time.

The cables are not very comfortable, and I notice them every time I wake up. But, contrary to my expectations, I still manage to sleep fairly comfortably.

Surprising results

I have had trouble with my sleep since 2007. At the time, I had a lot of stress at work, including some incidences of bullying. Then I lost my husband in 2010.

My insomnia has been the same since the start. Most nights, I listen to audiobooks when I wake up and can’t go back to sleep.

I listen to stories that I already know, so they are not too exciting and pick soothing stories.

During my night at the sleep center, I slept relatively well, but I thought I had slept really badly.

I was awake at around 4.00 a.m. I wasn’t allowed to listen to my audiobook that night, so I used a relaxation breathing technique. I thought I was awake for a long time then.

When I find out the results, I am surprised. I was, in fact, not awake for long at all. And there were some unexpected revelations in the data.

I didn’t know that I sleep on my front. I also apparently sleep a lot on my right side, although I know that I mostly fall asleep on my left side. I never knew that I move so much when I’m sleeping.

At the end of my 8 hours of sleep, the medical student wakes me up. Then comes the rather lengthy job of washing the sticky residue left over from the electrodes out of my hair. I was told before my visit to bring shampoo, but I wasn’t prepared for quite how long this would take.

After my night at the sleep center, I send off my sample for the microbiome analysis.

The results show a possible imbalance in the composition of my gut microbiome. Specifically, they indicate that I have a higher risk of leaky gut syndrome and histamine intolerance.

How that links to my sleep is not clear at the moment.

Studying the microbiome and sleep

After speaking to my mom, I also caught up with Katharina Lederer, who is a medical practitioner in Berlin. This study is part of her medical Ph.D. thesis.

Firstly, I asked Lederer if she had spent a night in a sleep lab herself.

Yes, I have, and my experience was surprisingly [good]. Most patients ask how they are supposed to sleep with cables on their heads, legs, chest, and sensors on their fingers. But most people, as I did, fall asleep quite quickly.”

Katharina Lederer

Lederer also explained that “most people are surprised how long they actually sleep.”

“Our perception of how long we sleep can be hours off our actual sleep time. Especially, people with insomnia feel that they sleep [for a much shorter time] than they mostly do due to the frequent sleep interruptions,” she told me.

Is there a link between the gut microbiome and sleep? Lederer thinks so.

“In my daily practice in the sleep laboratory, I encountered many patients who don’t just have trouble sleeping but also problems with their bowels, including pain, diarrhea, or constipation,” she explained.

“Both conditions have some common risk factors, such as high stress levels, insufficient movement during the day, and also nutrition.”

Lederer explained that research links our brains and our bowels via the gut-brain axis.

So, what is happening in this sleep study?

“The first step was to find out if people with insomnia suffer from more gastrointestinal problems than their healthy counterparts. This seems to be the case, but the numbers of the study are still too small to give a statistical significance,” Lederer said.

“In a second step, we are examining the microbiota of a group of patients with insomnia and comparing them to a healthy control group. Unfortunately, this is still in process.”

But could changing a person’s microbiome improve their sleep, or would changing their sleep affect their microbiome?

“There are a few studies already showing that sleep restriction can have an effect on the microbiota,” Lederer explained. “I suspect that there is also an influence the other way around, of the microbiota on our sleep, but this has only been shown in limited studies with mice yet.”

Changing perceptions

My final question to Lederer was whether taking part in a sleep study changes people’s attitude toward their insomnia.

“I hope so,” was her reply. “You can’t fix any sleep problem in a day. Most patients suffer from sleep disorders for many, many years before they come to the sleep center.”

“The brain is so used, almost conditioned, to wake up in the middle of the night or to connect the bed with negative emotions that it takes a while until sleep disorders are treated,” she continued.

This was certainly the case for my mom. She has, in the past, used an activity tracker to monitor her sleep but was not sure how much she could trust the results.

“Taking part in a sleep study has clarified for me that I actually sleep much more than I thought,” she told me.

My mom and Lederer also discussed recommendations for sleep at the initial consultation.

These include no reading or using a phone in bed, not exercising vigorously too close to bedtime, not eating or drinking caffeinated drinks for several hours before going to bed, not watching anything too exciting on TV, and getting up 8 hours after falling asleep.

Since her night at the sleep center, mom’s sleep hasn’t changed.

But she feels more confident in the amount of sleep her activity tracker shows her.

I feel better about my sleep after seeing the results of my night at the sleep center. I am also mindful of the good sleep hygiene tips that I learned.”

Renate Martin

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Whether it’s sleeping too much or experiencing fragmented sleep, people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia may often experience disruptions in their circadian rhythms. Now, a new insomnia drug is available for Alzheimer’s patients to help smooth out sleep difficulties.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Belsomra, an insomnia drug developed by Merck, for use among Alzheimer’s patients, the company announced this week. Belsomra is also known by its generic name, suvorexant.

In a study published this month in Alzheimers & Dementia, researchers investigated suvorexant’s potential in treating insomnia among patients who had mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The study focused on 285 participants and found that suvorexant improved their total sleep time, or TST.

Given the latest findings, the FDA approved an updated label on Belsomra to include treatment for Alzheimer’s-related insomnia.

“Alzheimer’s disease is often accompanied by disruptions to an individual’s sleep-wake patterns and overall difficulty sleeping,” Dr. Joseph Herring, associate vice president of Global Clinical Research, Neuroscience at Merck Research Laboratories, said in the company’s news release.

“We’re pleased that the prescribing information for BELSOMRA now includes findings from Merck’s first dedicated study of an insomnia medication in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease,” Herring continued.

Sleep and dementia have long intertwined. Whether it’s chronic sleep deprivation contributing to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, or facing sleep problems once a person is already diagnosed, researchers have examined the two in tandem.

It’s well-established that sleep deprivation can not only lead to a higher risk of chronic diseases like heart disease or obesity–but it can also take a heavy toll on the brain. One recent study measured the effect of losing even just one night of sleep on the brain, and found pulling an all-nighter was enough to trigger the increase of a biomarker associated with Alzheimer’s in people’s blood.

Other researchers have cited that poor sleep and limited deep sleep is associated with a 40 percent decline in memory performance.

In a past interview with Being Patient, sleep scientist Dr. Daniel Gartenberg discussed how crucial deep sleep is in clearing the brain of harmful elements.

Sleep cleans out a lot of the bad plaques that build up during the day,” Gartenberg said. “Also, there are things [sleep affects] that you might not even think about. For example, you’re more sensitive to pain when you’re sleep deprived.”

“Deep sleep is thought to be the more regenerative aspect of sleep that’s associated with human growth hormones and memory abilities,” he added.

And once someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, sleep issues may exacerbate behavioral, emotional and cognitive issues already at play. It makes sense, then, that patients and caregivers would turn to sleep aids and insomnia medications to help lighten the load.

However, it’s important to discuss with your doctor first, as an increase in certain types of medications–including antidepressants, antipsychotics or insomnia drugs–could have varying effects on patients.

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Can a yoga and sleep retreat cure my 20-year battle with insomnia?

A sleep retreat in the rugged hills of central Portugal, filled with sunshine, yoga, vegan food and kindness, promises a lasting cure for sleepless nights

hammocks in the grounds of Vale De Moses




Hang about … hammocks and hillside views from the grounds of Vale De Moses
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I stepped into the glass-walled yoga shala and stared at the impressive rugged valley outside. It took me a second to realise I wasn’t alone. Vonetta Winter, teacher and co-owner of the centre, was sitting on a mat in cross-legged meditation – and I swear I could see a Ready Brek glow of peace around her. It was the start of a yoga and sleep retreat at Vale de Moses in the mountains of central Portugal, and I relaxed. This place had a good vibe. Maybe this really would be the final chapter in my 20-year story of insomnia.

Portugal map showing capital, Porto and Vale de Moses yoga retreat location.

As one of the 30% of people in developed countries grappling with chronic sleeplessness, and having tried endless “cures”, unsuccessfully, I had a breakthrough last year using an online course (sleepforlife.com). Now, instead of suffering every night, I found myself awake at 4am with an over-active mind only once or twice a week. Would Vale de Moses give me a way of conquering those remaining too-early mornings?

The day had started at 7.30am with “morning silence” followed by a walking meditation. Next was yoga, with Vonetta, now smiling broadly, inviting us into gentle asanas (yoga poses), sensitive to the already evident heat of the day. Two hours later, breakfast included a cauldron of brown rice porridge – on subsequent days it was quinoa, buckwheat or oats – and another of fruit salad. There were pots of linseed, wheatgerm and maca to sprinkle on top, and vast jugs of homemade smoothies.

Yoga forms the basis of all Vale de Moses retreats, with five two-hour morning classes, then afternoon sessions of either more yoga or themed workshops and time to relax. On the yoga and sleep retreat, Vonetta teams up with Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a neurophysiologist, former insomniac and author of three books on sleep. “It’s a common problem for perfectionists,” she told us at the first session. There were 17 of us, mostly European, including six from the UK, and among us were a GP and a fertility doctor. Only two were men.

Vale de Moses in wooded hills


Vale de Moses has expansive, soul-soothing views

Nerina outlined what I already knew about “sleep hygiene” – getting up at the same time every day, not looking at the clock if you wake – but I was listening hard for any new bits of advice. She suggested counting breaths, so I tried it that night, but every time I was dropping off my perfectionist brain kicked in to work out what number I’d got to. My accommodation was conducive to a good night’s shut-eye: I was in one of the retreat’s homely single rooms (with amazing views when you’re awake). Most of the others were sharing in open-plan stone cottages with outdoor showers or in bell tents in the forest.

Our ability to sleep, said Nerina at the next session, is related to eating well, exercising, and looking after our mental and emotional health. She talked about the need to slow our central nervous system, especially in a switched-on world that overloads our brains. Now I was paying attention – sometimes I feel I have so much to remember my brain aches.

Nerina suggested herbs, homoeopathy, flower remedies and sleep teas, most of which were available at the retreat. (This actually went against the programme that had helped me, which emphasises not using external remedies but building confidence in the body’s natural ability to sleep.) Overstimulation was a fact of modern living, and many people needed help to combat the effects, she added.

The programme includes a choice of massage: I opted for aromatherapy, assuming it would be pleasant but too delicate to deal with the knots in my back. So I was surprised to find that this gentle treatment both triggered sadness over the end of a relationship I hadn’t realised I was still mourning – and that my tears did in fact loosen my back.

Orange green and yellow salads on plate


Vegan cuisine is inventive and colourful

Days were punctuated by long, colourful vegan and mostly gluten-free lunches, by chef and All You Need is Veg founder, Yuki Jung. Each day was themed on a different world cuisine and included inventive dishes such as aubergine ceviche, “lasagne” using layers of courgette, pad thai salad with mango and peanut sauce, chickpea poppadoms and tandoori cauliflower.

There was lots of free time to explore the valley, take dips in the plunge pool or swim in one of several natural pools. Further afield, there were walking trails and, if you had a car, cities – Porto, Lisbon, Tomar (founded by the Knights Templar), or the country’s former capital, Coimbra, all within three hours’ drive. But nobody had the urge to escape. The point was to slow down, immerse ourselves in nature and spend time alone.

I left feeling peaceful and nourished but still having woken early on several mornings. Back home, I continued musing over alternative treatments, eventually turning to a cranio-sacral therapist. Crucially, I wasn’t, I decided, seeking something to help me sleep. I was, as Nerina had recommended, “supporting my central nervous system”.

Kate Edgley at window


Kate enjoys the view from her room at Vale de Moses

Only a few of us on the retreat had come specifically for the sleep element – most had picked Vale de Moses for its yoga, stunning setting and the kindness with which it’s run. Helen, a 32-year-old software engineer from New Zealand, who described herself as a “consistently bad sleeper” because of anxiety and constant travelling, said Nerina’s sessions had made her less anxious about poor sleep: “When she told us that you sleep when you feel safe, that was very reassuring. It made me realise I could be a better sleeper – it gave me faith back.”

Faith – in the body’s innate ability to sleep – was the very thing I’d fought so hard to gain. Could I now try cranio-sacral therapy without it undermining the belief that I didn’t need anything external in order to sleep? Such mind-bending games are key to both triggering and combating insomnia and so, with Vale de Moses scoring high on the faith count generally, I trusted the advice and took the plunge. Two months later, I found myself in a rhythm of regular seven-hour nights, several of 10 hours and not a single 4am waking.

The trip was provided by Vale de Moses; the next yoga and sleep retreat runs from 30 August-5 September, from €960pp in a bell tent, €1,050 for a bed in a shared open-plan cottage or €1,380 for a single room in the farmhouse, including all food and drink, classes, one massage and transfers from Oleiros

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Home - Day 30 - Journey  |  30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

Today’s theme is what it is all about. The Journey on home. One that is unique to all of us.
For this practice, it is a Day 30 tradition for me to take the microphone off. Can you trust me? Can you trust yourself?

You are going to use the vocabulary that we have learned together thus far to choreograph your home practice and to create your experience today. You have the tools. You always have had everything you need to uncover and to reveal what matters most.

This is such a beautiful day because, for me, it really does embody the spirit of Yoga With Adriene and this exchange that you are participating in.

It is this essence, or spirit, that says, “Hey, I am taking care of myself in my little corner of the world, but also…I am right here with you. I got you.”

Try to keep an open mind, please move slowly, and as always, prioritize your breath. Use me as a reference or a guide. You have everything you need. Trust it. Trust it all.

It has been my truest honor and pleasure to accompany you on this journey. Thank you for allowing me to guide you and thank you for welcoming me into your HOME.

Please remember, that in every end – is a beautiful new beginning.

I honor you today.

Let me know how it goes for you and where you are practicing from in the comment section down below.

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Join me for this special 40 minute yoga flow designed to remind you of your worth and created to tend to all parts of the body. Yoga Kiss reminds us that a little goes a long way and that small loving gestures can amount to a big sense of balance, confidence, and ease.

Open your heart while cultivating strength and flexibility in mind, body, and spirit. Feel how your body responds to your own loving awareness.

Build some heat, stretch it out, and get your core work in. The hardest part is showing up. Once you press play, all you have to do is find a willingness to love yourself where you are today. I’ll meet you there.

Let me know how it goes for you in the comment section down below!

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More than a decade ago, I wrote a memoir chronicling my experience raising a child with little to no television or screen time. I had been hooked on TV throughout my childhood and wanted to raise my son differently. It wasn’t easy to do at the time, but keeping young children away from screens in 2020 looks far more difficult, thanks to the countless handheld screens that never leave our sight.

For better and for worse, technology has dramatically transformed our lives, yet the basic needs of small children remain the same. I wish it were otherwise, because parenting is hard enough as it is, but as I glance at my smartphone every few minutes, I believe some messages bear repeating.

Young children need to experience real life, interact with real people and explore the natural world around them. It’s how they form healthy attachments, learn language and develop attention spans. It’s why the World Health Organization doesn’t recommend any screen time for kids under 2 and recommends no more than an hour a day for kids ages 2 to 4. The American Academy of Pediatrics has similar guidelines and a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that screen time has a detrimental effect on young children’s brains.

The warnings ring true for most of us at an instinctual level when we see babies entranced by clever videos specifically designed to keep them watching nonstop. As amazing as all of our screens are, they simply don’t serve babies and toddlers well in spite of any educational value they may have and the temporary relief they provide to parents. They hook children at the tenderest age possible, giving them unhealthy habits that can be difficult to change in the years to come. In the end, parenting becomes harder.

The tech industry has made it all the more challenging for families. Parents and others working to make our screen devices so captivating know this all too well. It’s why Bill Gates didn’t give his own kids cellphones until they turned 14 and Steve Jobs, according to The New York Times, didn’t let his kids use iPads when they were first released. It’s why some tech-savvy parents are putting their own children in tech-free classrooms.

By not resorting to using baby videos and toddler programming, parents will likely struggle in the beginning. Without a phone or other screen, I would bring my baby to restaurants armed with a bag full of interesting toys and books. I would tell endless stories and sing favorite songs on long car rides. At home, in desperation, I would let my son rifle through the kitchen cabinets when I needed a break, and bring out special toys when I needed a shower. I wouldn’t have managed at all had I not convinced my mother to move in with us, found a child care provider who didn’t use television, and started a playgroup with other moms in the neighborhood. In other words, I reached out to actual human beings to help me.

In the end, having a creative child who could entertain himself without a screen in front of him proved to be well worth the effort. Without toddler television and videos, I had more of an influence on my son, something my own mother had trouble achieving because of all the commercial television I watched. Too many parents today can’t get their kids’ attention without a battle, and children in turn complain about their parents’ smartphone addictions, some by dropping their parents’ phones in the toilet.

In spite of its problems, screen time itself isn’t innately evil. When children are introduced to it at a later age, they are often better able to use it wisely. My son, now 24, credits his screen-free early childhood with giving him a unique perspective and an ability to view technology through a critical lens, something that serves him well in his career in the entertainment industry in San Francisco.

Raising small children is exhausting, especially for those with limited means, a lack of emotional support or a special needs child, which is why parents need to be encouraged rather than made to feel guilty. It was encouragement and kind words from others that helped me stay the course, and that’s what I offer to new parents everywhere now.

By taking time in the beginning to keep our kids screen-free, we can make our children smarter, healthier and happier, and then when they’re ready, we can show them how to use technology in the most productive, creative and enjoyable way possible.

Ellen Currey-Wilson is a writer and the author of “The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid,” published in 2007. She wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.

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A solo female traveler standing on a mountain


Posted: 1/30/2020 | January 30th, 2020

A new year brings a new sense of possibility as we create new goals to help us get closer to that ideal self we have in our mind.

And one of those goals usually involves trying to travel more.

But when you are starved for time and money, travel can seem like a pipe dream. A wish that might never be fulfilled.

Luckily, there’s a wave of positive developments for those who want to travel more: cheaper airfare, more deal-finding websites (and other information) online, free walking tours in more cities, and more opportunities to bypass the traditional travel infrastructure and connect directly into the local way of life via the sharing economy.

So, as we get deeper into 2020, I want to share some suggestions on how to travel on a budget this year so you can check off that New Year’s resolution! Here are some of my top tips to help you:
 

1. Change Your Mindset

Changing your mindset might not be a traditional budget tip, but it’s important nonetheless. Action begets action and, as you think of ways to travel cheaper, it becomes a game where you try to keep finding ways to save money. The first step makes all the other steps easier.

Start with a “yes, I can” mindset. Don’t think “I can’t travel” — think “What’s one thing I can do today to make my trip closer to reality?”

Life is a mental game. Do one thing every day that gets you closer to your trip and you’ll find yourself building an unstoppable momentum.
 

2. Come Up with a Savings Plans

Unless you’re Bill Gates, we all need to save more money. But how do you do that? While life is expensive, I do believe there are always ways to save a little more. There’s always something you can cut. A little bit of savings adds up a lot over time.

Get into the habit of putting money into your travel fund regularly — even if it’s just a few dollars a week. Every little penny will help. The more you save, the more you want to save. It sort of becomes a game. It’s no longer a chore.

Here are some posts on how to save money:

3. Score a Flight Deal

One of the things that people always tell me holds them back from traveling more is the cost of flights. But, let me tell you, we live in an age of cheap airfare.

If you can be flexible with your plans, there are always deals. Sure, maybe you can’t take advantage of that sale to Europe next week, but you can still find a date and a destination that work for you at a great price if you’re flexible about one or both factors.

I like to use Google Flights. I type in my home city and then “everywhere” and see what the cheapest results are. I then base my plans around where I can fly to for the least amount of money.

However, if you don’t want to do that (I think it’s a perfect Friday night activity), you can check out some of the following websites that search for deals and email them to you:

  • Scott’s Cheap Flights – The best website for finding flight deals from the US
  • The Flight Deal – Incredible deals for flights all around the world
  • Secret Flying – Another site with amazing flight deals from around the globe (they find a lot of Asia/Africa/South America deals not found elsewhere)

4. Get Points!

Travel hacking, the art of collecting points and miles, is a great way to save money. By getting point-yielding credit cards and using a few ninja techniques, you can get hundreds of thousands of miles without spending any extra money, thus getting you free flights, free accommodation, and added cash back. It’s what all serious travelers do. There’s no excuse not to do it! I mean you’re spending the money anyway, so you might as well get some treats for it. Here are some resources to help you begin:

Even if you aren’t American, you still have options, as points and miles have gone global:

5. Use the Sharing Economy

A group of budget backpackers relaxing at a pool in a hostel in Central America

A group of budget backpackers relaxing at a pool in a hostel in Central America


The sharing economy has led to a plethora of new money-saving and community-building platforms that have made travel even more affordable, personal, and accessible. It’s never been easier to get off the tourist trail, connect with locals, and experience their pace of life. I live by these websites when I travel! You should too. My favorites include:

  • Airbnb – The best platform for finding rooms, apartments, and homes for rent by locals.
  • Couchsurfing – Great for finding free accommodation (often on people’s couches) and meeting travelers/locals. The hangout feature on the app is my favorite, as you can see who is around to meet up.
  • Trusted Housesitters – The most comprehensive website to find house-sitting gigs. You watch a place on vacation while the homeowner is on vacation.
  • EatWith – Allows you to eat home-cooked meals with locals (it’s the Airbnb of food). It always leads to interesting encounters, so it’s one of my favorite things to do.
  • BlaBlaCar – A ridesharing app that pairs riders with verified locals who have a spare seat in their car.

6. Find the Free!

The world is awash with amazing free travel resources (like this website) that can help you travel on a budget. No matter where you are going, there’s probably a blog post on what to do and see there for free or cheaply. Someone has been there and they’ve written about it! Make the best use of all them to help you plan your trip.

My favorite search term is “free things to do in X.” You’ll always get a result!

Additionally, don’t be afraid to walk into a hostel — even if you aren’t staying there — and ask them what to do for cheap. Their clientele is budget sensitive, so they always know what to do and where to go for little money.
 

7. Stick to Public Transportation

Old tuk-tuks parked together in Sri Lanka

Old tuk-tuks parked together in Sri Lanka


If you’re on a budget, skip the taxis and rideshares like Lyft or Uber. Unless you can lower your cost by sharing a ride with other passengers, public transportation is going to be the most cost-effective way to get around. Not only will it save you money but you’ll get to see how the locals travel too.

Google Maps usually can give you a basic overview of the public transportation options and prices available. You can find information about day passes and/or multiday passes local tourism offices which will save you even more money. (See the next tip for more about that).
 

8. Use Local Tourism Offices

Local tourist offices are a wealth of knowledge. They exist solely to provide you with information on what to see and do. They often have tons of discounts not found anywhere else and can also keep you updated on local events, free tours, and the best spots to eat. They can help you find public transportation discounts and/or multiday passes too.

Don’t skip the local tourist office! They are serverly underutilizted resource.
 

9. Get Cheap Accommodation

Cozy bunk beds in a hostel dorm room in Europe

Cozy bunk beds in a hostel dorm room in Europe


Accommodation is one of the biggest fixed costs travelers have, so reducing that cost can lead to big savings on the road. I’m sure many backpackers would sleep in a barn if it were the cheapest accommodation they could find! Heck, I’ve slept in hammocks in national parks to save a buck!

Since you have to stay somewhere every night, reducing this expense can save you a lot of money off the total cost of your trip. Stay in hostels, use Couchsurfing, get last minute hotesl on Hotels Tonight, stay at universities (yes, you can do that), or try an Airbnb. Since there’s a lot of ways to cut your accommodation costs, here are my posts on how to get accommodation deals:

And here are the websites I use to book cheap places to stay:

  • Booking.com – For finding budget hotels and guesthouses.
  • Hostelworld – The best site for finding hostels.
  • Agoda – Another great hotel website, specifically for Asia.
  • Hotel Tonight – Offers discounted last-minute hotel stays.
  • Airbnb – For finding private rooms, entire apartments, and homes for rent by locals.

10. Eat Cheap

Other than accommodation, food is one of the biggest travel costs. After all, everyone needs to eat. But there are lots of ways to eat on the cheap:

Also, use the five-block rule. There seems to be this magical wall that surrounds tourist areas. Most people don’t go past it. It’s been my experience that if you walk five blocks in any direction from a major tourist area, you end up losing the crowds and finding the local restaurants. Tourist restaurants don’t care about quality since tourists aren’t coming back. Residents do care so places catering to them need to be better — and more affordable – or they go out of business. Those are the places you want to eat at. Use the above resources to find where the locals eat and avoid crappy food! Moreover, check out these articles for tips on eating cheap around the world:

11. Travel Like You Live

The majority of people in your destinations don’t spend lots of money per day, like tourists do. Neither do you in your day-to-day life. So take that mentality with you. Walk, take public transportation, grocery shop, spend a day in a park, and look for deals. Do the things you do at home every day to keep your costs down.

Too many people get into this mindset that when they go on the road, they just have to spend, spend, spend, spend. That’s not true at all. There’s no law that says you have to spend more. Be smart with your budget — just like you are at home. That will help you save money and prevent you from going home early broke.

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The world is full of different ways to travel on a budget once you know where to look. This year, make travel happen. It doesn’t matter if you save only a dollar a week. What matters is that you take the first step! Action begets action. Once you take the first step, all the other steps will be easier.

Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

Looking for the best companies to save money with?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save money when I travel – and that will save you time and money too!

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Home - Day 28 - Nourish  |  30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

You don’t need to understand the science of yoga to experience it. And this session will prove it.
In a lot of ways, the journey HOME is about simplifying. Peeling back those parts, those habits, those layers that take away instead of give back. It’s about reuniting with the type of vibration that gives life and connection to your relationship with yourself and to the big picture.

When we take time to notice we can start to pay better attention to the things that nourish.

But don’t forget, “simplifying” and “nourishing” don’t connote easy.

We can build sustainable practices and rituals that serve. This can have a direct effect on how we carry ourselves, energetically, posturally, and in the way you hold space for yourself and for others.

We will also take time to nourish parts of the body that could be a little bit sore from the past few practices.

When we nourish ourselves, we can better serve others.

Please let me know how this session goes for you in the comment section down below.

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Home - Day 29 - Intuit  |  Yoga With Adriene

Oh Day 29, my luckiest number, and the most special practice that provides such a beautiful opportunity to listen to your inner voice, your higher self, your best teacher. Today, I invite you to find freedom within the form. Don’t decide where it ends. Embody it. Listen. Pay attention. Respond. Intuit.

This is a powerful practice that starts with a good dose of spinal flexion and ends with creative core. Look, we have come a long way so I intuited that a little Wu-Tang boat pose was most necessary, for me. Don’t forget… it’s okay to have FUN!

Use your breath to bring yourself back home, darling. We continue to play with our vocabulary today before our final session, Day 30.

We are almost there, though I must gently warn you… tomorrow’s practice will be different. But the same. (Cool, Adriene.)

It is all a part of the journey, which is most certainly the reward.

The process is the candy.
See?

Honor the time you’ve taken to listen and hone your intuition. Seek to move in a way that feels truly in alignment with who you are.

Finally, let’s try to get in the habit of taking only what we need and not more than what we need.

What do you say?

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When my five kids were small, I naively saw the age of 18 as the light at the end of the tunnel. During that sleepless stretch in which my life felt like an endless blur of night feedings, diapers, bandaging boo-boos and navigating piles of sippy-cups and sippy-cup lids that never seemed to match, I looked forward to my kids’ legal adulthood as a kind of finish line. Once they’d crossed it, I figured, I could relax and celebrate having gotten past the hardest parts of parenting.

Now, with two of my children well past voting age and their three other siblings hurtling ever-faster toward that benchmark, I can look back at my former self and say with the benefit of hindsight: Hahahaha!

The lines between appropriate helping, spoiling and enabling are often difficult to define.

Instead, I often feel like I’m learning “how it works” all over again. Parenting older kids is still very much parenting — only you get even less say, the results are more public, and the stakes are higher. The lines between appropriate helping, spoiling and enabling are often difficult to define and the concept of parenting “to the child” rather than following a one-size-fits-all plan starts to feel less conceptual and more necessary.

It’s true that my two eldest sons, ages 20 and 22, are less dependent on me now. When they were young, my entire existence seemed to revolve around stopping them from doing certain things while compelling them to do others. Today I no longer need to teach them basic life skills, like how to cross the street without being annihilated by a garbage truck or why showering every day is a good idea — though, let’s be clear, there are days I ponder reviewing that particular lesson — and I have neither the responsibility nor opportunity to monitor their schedule minute-by-minute.

But that doesn’t mean it’s any easier. Nor that my duties are behind me. Despite all the bold statements I made when they were 8 about tossing them unceremoniously out of the nest the moment they turned 18, I have since realized my smug error in thinking they would be fully formed adults ready to be thrown out into the world without repercussions.

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That’s largely because, while the government may tell us that once you’re 18, you’re an adult, neuroscientists now know better. Emerging research on brain development shows that a young adult’s brain isn’t fully developed until the age of 25.

Developmental psychologist Jeffrey Jensen Arnett calls this period — the seven years between the day a kid legally becomes an adult, and the day they have the reasoning power and impulse control of an actual adult — “emerging adulthood.” And navigating it can be tricky for both children and their caregivers.

“Parents are often glad their kids are more mature and can do more things for themselves,” he notes, “but at the same time you often realize they’re making decisions that aren’t wise, or that they aren’t ready to make.”

This can be particularly difficult because those decisions often carry larger weight. Arnett compares it to the damage done if a toddler takes a spill while learning to walk versus when an adult falls. “Questions like whether to move in with a girlfriend or boyfriend, drop out of college, choose a major — those choices have big, long-term implications,” he says. “Naturally, you have ideas about this — and not unreasonably, they also feel like it’s their life to live.”

That’s why it’s important to listen as much as instruct, according to Lisa Heffernan, co-author of “Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults.”

“Since our ability as parents to mandate and control our kids’ decisions is lessened, it’s time to switch to listening and modeling adult behavior,” she says, suggesting acting like a “sounding board” for them. “Getting kids through this stage is all about showing them what adulthood feels like and sounds like and looks like — literally walking them through your decisions and explaining, ‘This is why I did it this way; here’s what happens now.’”

And it’s true that my boys do want to talk to me — but I’m never quite sure how to be available and yet age-appropriately detached. I don’t want to pry too much into their personal lives, and yet I want to make sure they’re taking good care of themselves. That makes it only too easy for our conversations to devolve into nuts-and-bolts mini-nags, asking about their bank account balances and whether they’ve renewed their car registration yet. (Answer on that last one: No. I had to do breathing exercises to keep from threatening to repossess a car I do not own.)

Part of what makes this hard is that it’s different from the model I and other parents of my generation typically experienced.

“We’re raising our kids differently than we were raised,” Heffernan agrees. “Our kids want to spend more time with us and talk to us more than we did [with] our parents, so we’re always trying to find the line between parenting and overparenting.”

As an action-oriented mom accustomed to managing the lives of a large family, the “sit back and listen” approach doesn’t exactly come naturally. But that doesn’t mean I’m helpless to enact change, or that my subtle advice won’t eventually reach its mark.

As an action-oriented mom accustomed to managing the lives of a large family, the “sit back and listen” approach doesn’t exactly come naturally.

In fact, I am encouraged by knowing that while the seeds of self-sufficiency and maturity are still sprouting, others I worked hard to tend — like kindness, empathy, strong family ties and curiosity about the world — are coming to fruition more and more.

For years, I’ve been advising other moms to play the long game — parenting not just for today or this moment, but for the big picture; making decisions not because it’s what other people think you should do or a cultural norm, but because it’s what your gut says is the right thing for your child, right now.

So the tunnel, as it were, still stretches out ahead of me, and for how many years, it’s hard to say. My youngest is 10; I’d like to think I’ll be a real-life empty nester within the decade. But just like I’ve had to at all stages of parenting, I’m learning to adjust my expectations as I go.

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Home - Day 21 - Boost  |  30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

Do not fear, nor be wary of this BOOST practice. This session will provide. We will begin with some workshopping on the floor, continuing to explore and establish core connection. Core connection that is sustainable and truly serves. You will also get a little internal organ massage, boosting the health of the organs and the immune system. Who else will be able to say that they received that today?

We work with a pranayama called Breath Of Fire today. Fair warning, animals/pets love this one.
If you are interested in learning the foundations of this breath, check out this video here: https://youtu.be/jbtLH-3DfLc

Be willing to receive the benefits of this incredible practice via your breath.

I will guide you, but you have to bring the breath. I know you will.

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Home - Day 22 - Stir  |  30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

Stir it up! This is a slow flow class to soften out the hard edges, inviting you to continue to pay attention to the sensations in the physical and emotional body. I love regular daily, at-home yoga practice because I really get this sense that every time I show up, the practice is catching me on any given day.

Wherever I land, with whatever I am bringing, the mat has my back. What if that were true? Our exploration in yoga practice can stir up some powerful mind and body work.

Continue to slow down your breath, move mindfully, and stay open.

This practice (and this whole project) is designed to support you and have your back.

Stir it up, little darling. Notice what it feels like to be alive today.

Be kind to yourself. Be gentle. Create space. If you are this way on your yoga mat, you are more likely to be this way off the mat.

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Yoga For Tight & Sore Muscles | 20 Minute Yoga For Hips, Calves, & Hamstrings

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This 20 minute yoga practice is great for tight & sore muscles after the gym or any other physical activity. It truly is the perfect yoga for runners, hikers, athletes or even anyone that spends a lot of time on their feet. This twenty minute yoga flow is a great instructional yoga class to increase hamstring & hip flexibility as well as release any muscle fatigue and soreness in your calves, hamstrings, and IT bands. A yoga stretch practice like this is a beautiful way to breathe and stretch tension from your physical and mental being as well as reenergize tired muscles.

This yoga practice for beginners and all levels will help you release tension, soreness, and aches out of your hamstrings, quads, calfs and glutes while at the same time giving your mind an opportunity to let go of mental tension and stress.

Do this yoga for runners after a long work day or an outdoor hike, or anytime you feel your body is in need of really deep and releasing stretch.

See you on the mat!

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Let’s say that you have recently launched your son or daughter toward college—or a job, or the armed services or perhaps graduate school. In any case, you are done with parenting, ready to collapse into an easy chair, pour yourself a drink and reflect on a job well done.

Then the phone call comes about an intolerable roommate or unfair professor, or hours cut back at work, or a request for a small loan for recording equipment or perhaps a donation for a three-month trek through Europe. And it suddenly dawns on you: You’re…

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In Virginia’s Fairfax County, a program through the Department of Family Services that starts in February aims to get fathers more involved in their children’s lives and help them with their parenting skills and confidence.

In Virginia’s Fairfax County, a program through the Department of Family Services that starts in February aims to get fathers more involved in their children’s lives and help them with their parenting skills and confidence.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, 63 percent of youth suicides are children who came from fatherless homes. And 90 percent of all runaways did not have a dad at home. The same holds true for the majority of school dropouts, juvenile delinquents and those with behavioral disorders and substance abuse problems.

The Father Engagement Unit offers classes, services, activities and even an online video series to help fathers gain the confidence they need in their parenting skills.

The classes discuss everything from self-care and confidence to babyproofing the home, discipline, dealing with the various stages of childhood, all the way up to those awkward teenage years and how to talk to your kids about the friends they make.

The free  classes start Feb. 4 and run through April 28, but you have to register with the Fairfax Department of Family Services to attend.

In addition to the classes, the county offers an online series of parenting videos for fathers called Pocket Dad Videos.

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Happy Sweet 16. And oh, is it a sweet one, designed for you to SAVOR!

Take the invitation to really focus on your exhalations today.

In fact, don’t be shy, go for it. Really establish that exhale today, Okay?

Learn to savor the moment. Allow one present moment to bleed into the next.

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Yoga For Leg & Hip Flexibility | Hikers, Cyclists, & Dancers Deep Stretch Yoga Flow

This 20 minute yoga practice is the perfect yoga class for hikers, dancers, cyclists, dog walkers, and anyone looking for a deep lower body stretch and relief. This 20 minute yoga video is a great yoga flow to increase leg & hip flexibility as well as release any muscle fatigue and soreness in your entire body. A stretch routine like this is a beautiful way to breathe and stretch tension from your physical and mental being as well as reenergize tired muscles.

This yoga practice for beginners and all levels will help you release tension, soreness, and aches out of your hips, hamstrings, quads, and glutes while at the same time giving your mind an opportunity to let go of mental tension and stress.

Do this yoga practice for sore legs after a long work day or an outdoor hike, or anytime you feel your body is in need of really deep and releasing stretch.

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Home - Day 7 - Stretch  |  30 Days of Yoga With Adriene

Your Day 7 yoga practice begins with a little self massage and yoga philosophy – so if you were thinking about missing today’s practice – don’t. This hands free session offers an opportunity to re-balance the body after your first six practices, providing relief in the shoulders and wrists while initiating grounding energy to help you get in the right mindset for week two.

This is not just the bendy stretchy stretch practice you might anticipate. No way, we said we were going all the way HOME.

Stretch your mind’s eye, your imagination, and your awareness a little further beyond the physical body today.

(Don’t fret, your body will get a nice opportunity to stretch it out too.)

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It is easy to spot and own our physical wounds. But our emotional wounds seldom get the attention they need for real healing. Innately we know, even if you don’t understand, that it’s all connected. Yet, we often feel we lack the time, the space, and the tools to sincerely tend to what ails. At home yoga provides us an opportunity to heal ourselves. To seek and work to find a way to check in, recover, restore, and begin again – each time we show up.

Today’s low to the ground moving meditation reminds you that your only task is to listen and respond.

And to be honest about it.

I hope you enjoy this session and find a moment to relax whatever might be gripping, to let go of that which is no longer serving you, and to Find What Feels Good.

Bring a blanket and a pillow, if you have them at hand.
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A little while back, Mark posted an article about 14 scenarios in which intermittent fasting (IF) might be just the ticket. We got some requests for a follow-up about times when IF might not be advised.

Mark has already written about cautions for women and athletes specifically. I’ll link those at the bottom. More generally, it’s important that anyone considering IF make sure that they are in a good place physically and mentally to handle the additional stress of IF.

As Mark said:

If you haven’t satisfied the usual IF “pre-reqs,” like being fat-adapted, getting good and sufficient sleep, minimizing or mitigating stress, and exercising well (not too much and not too little), you should not fast. These pre-reqs are absolutely crucial and non-negotiable, in my opinion—especially the fat-adaptation. In fact, I suspect that if an IF study was performed on sugar-burning women versus fat-adapted women, you’d see that the fat-burning beasts would perform better and suffer fewer (if any) maladaptations.

Fasting is generally healthy when done properly. The same goes for exercise and carb restriction. These behaviors help many people; but they can also be unhealthy for certain people or when used too much or in the wrong circumstances.

Today I’d like to wade into potentially controversial waters and talk about when fasting potentially crosses the line into disordered eating territory.

Before You Get Defensive…

If you find yourself feeling defensive already because you enjoy fasting and think that I’m going to suggest that you have a problem, please hold off commenting until the end.

To be clear: I do not think that fasting is inherently disordered. However, its popularity has skyrocketed so rapidly, and its proponents are so enthusiastic, that the potential downsides have been overshadowed. Actually, that’s not entirely fair. I have seen plenty of people in mental health and disordered eating circles voice concerns. The ancestral community tends to be very rah-rah about fasting.

The goal for today is to shine a light on this issue so that we don’t go into fasting with a blind spot.

Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating

The prevalence of full-blown eating disorders (ED) is fairly low according to NEDA, the National Eating Disorders Association. Experts believe biological and/or psychological predispositions make certain individuals vulnerable. These predispositions probably interact with environmental factors to trigger ED.

That said, many more people engage in disordered eating behaviors. The behaviors and their effects are not problematic enough to qualify for diagnosis with ED, but they still negatively affect physical and/or mental health and quality of life. Depending on their severity, they might be considered suboptimal to truly unhealthy.

Before going any further, let me be clear: I’m not in any way trying to diagnose readers with ED or disordered eating. That is way beyond my pay grade. Nor should you self-diagnose. If you want to learn more or get help, the best place to start is with NEDA’s Help & Support center. They have an online screening tool and a helpline there.

As I said, I don’t think fasting is inherently bad. However, NEDA lists fasting among the behaviors that can be indicative of ED. Of course, professionals in the ED and mental health worlds are looking at fasting through the lens of restricting and exercising tight control over food intake. We in the ancestral health space tend to look at it through the lens of optimizing health.

Neither perspective is more correct. It’s all about context:

  • why you’re fasting,
  • how fasting makes you feel physically and mentally,
  • whether it takes over your life,
  • if you are using it in a way that is actually undermining your health,
  • whether you are taking it “too far” (admittedly a nebulous metric)

As with so many things, deciding if you’ve crossed the line is highly personal. This applies to much more than food. When does worry become anxiety? When does fear become a phobia?

One criteria might be whether fasting causes you distress. Another is whether it interferes with your quality of life, social relationships, and work. This is called the criteria of clinical significance in the DSM-V, the diagnostic tool used by mental health professionals.

It’s often apparent, though not always easy to accept, when a behavior is no longer serving us. Unfortunately, though, it’s not always that simple. When it comes to fasting, it can cross over into problematic territory and still feel good.

Wouldn’t I Know If My Fasting Regime Was Too Much?

Maybe, maybe not. Restricting calories and fasting can lead to elevated mood, increased energy and motivation, and even feelings of euphoria. (Fasting that doesn’t result in a caloric deficit might be less prone to this.)

There are physiological reasons why this might be the case. First, scientists hypothesize that this is an adaptive response. If you were truly starving, this increased energy, drive, and focus would help you redouble your efforts to find food.

There is also some evidence that food restriction affects serotonin and dopamine pathways and can, for some individuals, reduce anxiety. Researchers believe that this is one way anorexic behaviors are reinforced in the brain. Again, fasting and anorexia nervosa are NOT the same animal, but they can share common features. The “high” associated with anorexia nervosa sounds not unlike the profound energy and cognitive benefits that some people report with fasting.

All this is to say, food restriction can feel good. For some people—or more accurately, for some brains—the withholding of food becomes inherently rewarding. In that case, you wouldn’t necessarily recognize when enough is enough.

How Do You Know If You’ve Crossed the Line?

I’m not going to be able to provide a definitive answer here. That said, these seem like potential red flags:

  • Fasting makes you feel euphoric. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s harmful by any means. Still, take a step back and evaluate whether you are always making healthy choices.
  • Your fasting regimen causes distress or significantly interferes with your life.
  • You feel like you have to fast or something bad will happen.
  • When you eat after a fast, you feel out of control with your food intake or binge.
  • You’re ignoring symptoms that might be related to too much fasting: adrenal or thyroid issues, fatigue, hair loss, weakness or inability to perform usual workouts, sleep disturbances, too much weight loss, etc.

Again, I am in no way diagnosing anyone here. If you think that perhaps your behavior has crossed into unhealthy territory, you should seek the counsel of someone trained in these issues.

The Bottom Line

Fasting, though it confers certain health benefits, is not good for every person. Experts recommend that individuals at risk for developing ED or with a history of ED refrain from fasting, including intermittent fasting, altogether. Even if you don’t think you’re at risk, it still might not be in your best interest.

Because fasting is so popular right now, some people think they have to fast for optimal health. They worry that they are missing out on tremendous health benefits if they can’t or don’t want to fast. The main reasons people fast are autophagy, glycemic control, and fat loss. You can achieve all of those goals through means other than fasting.

Remember, too, that you need not rigidly adhere to the same eating window every single day. It is fine to fast stochastically, to borrow from Paleo OG Art De Vany. You might also consider doing one longer fast a few times per year instead of daily intermittent fasting.

In any case, if fasting is wrong for you, it’s wrong for you, period. It doesn’t really matter if your neighbor loves it or the lady in the next cubicle lost 60 pounds with IF. If it negatively impacts your physical and/or mental well-being, it’s not worth it.

And in case this isn’t perfectly clear: Enjoying fasting DOES NOT MEAN that you are doing anything wrong. On the contrary, I hope you are enjoying fasting if it’s a tool you’re using regularly. Feeling great is the goal. If it’s not negatively affecting your physical health, psychological well-being, or social relationships, it’s not problematic. Likewise, if you are consuming enough calories when you do eat, and you’re able to be flexible with your fasting schedule when the situation calls for it, you likely don’t have to worry.

This issue can be hard to talk about because so many people feel passionately about defending their way of eating. Those who question whether fasting is always healthy, or who point out that a desire to eat healthfully can sometimes slip into orthorexia, are accused of “fit shaming.”

However, not talking about it isn’t the answer. Our goal should be to bring these issues into the light and try to better understand them. Then we can make informed decisions about which behaviors best serve us now and in the future.

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References

Kaye, WH, Fudge, JL, Paulus, M. New insights into symptoms and neurocircuit function of anorexia nervosa. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2009;10: 573–584. 

Kaye WH, Wierenga CE, Bailer UF, Simmons AN, Bischoff-Grethe A. Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels: the neurobiology of anorexia nervosa. Trends Neurosci. 2013 Feb;36(2):110-20. 

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Most of the time, it’s cool to work in an open office. I feel connected to my coworkers, which is great, but there’s also a problem; if my neighbors are talking about something marginally more interesting than my work, my focus goes out the window. Fifteen minutes go by before I finally look at the clock, realize how much time I’ve wasted, and spend the next hour in a state of anxiety trying to catch up.

My solution was pretty simple — music and a solid pair of noise-muffling headphones — but even that didn’t work. Every time the track changed, my brain went, “New song?! Time to adjust the volume, add seven more tracks to my queue, browse through the artist’s discography, check Twitter, and answer some emails.” The stress and anxiety didn’t go away. I was so desperate, I resorted to choosing one song and putting it on repeat for eight hours straight until it turned into a blur of background noise in my headphones.

Then, YouTube saved me. I was browsing one day, falling down the “recommended videos” rabbit hole as usual, when I started clicking on chill mixes: hour-long mashup videos, each comprised of dozens of slow, introspective tracks (usually electronic or orchestral) to help you concentrate, tune out the world, or just chill out. They seemed promising, so I chose one to play in the background when I sat down to work the next day.

Let’s just say I’ve found my holy grail. The songs in these mixes are slow but immersive, so I’m interested but not distracted. And each song is mixed directly into the next, like a DJ set; no more getting distracted when songs change abruptly.

Listening to these relaxing mixes has helped me focus and stay calm at work. While listening to chill mixes doesn’t make all the stress and anxiety go away — I still have all the work, I still have to get it all done — it puts me in a focused, relaxed headspace where I feel like I can accomplish what I need to. I’ve even started listening to chill mixes before bed to calm down and fall asleep. They work so well as a lullaby that I play them on planes and trains, where I have a notoriously difficult time nodding off.

Ahead, check out the mixes I’ve been listening to every week at work, before bed, and whenever I need a moment of peace and concentration. For help focusing, calming your thoughts, and falling asleep, I can’t recommend this lovely corner of YouTube enough.

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Home - Day 0 - Welcome Home  |  Yoga With Adriene

Get ready to step inside and see what it feels like to be at home.

Today’s 6 min orientation video offers some tips and support as we prepare for 30 Days Of Yoga. You can experience this video on the couch, in bed, or on the mat. Watch till the end! The yoga practice starts with Day 1 tomorrow.

This is designed for us. All of us. To come together as we are. To uncover aspects of ourselves that are already within, and celebrate who we really are. Trust me, trust yourself, the map is already within you.

Prepare to work hard, get strong, find ease, and have fun!

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Home - Day 1 - Recognize  |  Yoga With Adriene

Yoga provides us the tools for getting to know who we really are. This journey is about reuniting with your self through regular practice. Through the process of getting to know who you really are, you will find that you need not prioritize the where, or the what, as much.

You just have to be brave enough to look inside and recognize who it is you see.

The opportunity is to be who you are and recognize where you are, today.

The choice is to do it honestly and with kindness.

In our first practice, we apply this to asana and open up to the postures serving as opportunities to make discoveries.

We ease in with a powerful practice of observation and recognition.

This is your longest class of the series, one in which sets the tone.

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From my home to yours,

Namaste.

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The last year brought us viral parenting moments, relatable stories about the challenging parts of parenthood, and lots of laughs. There were moms and dads who, like all of us, are just trying to do what’s best for their kids while sometimes counting down the hours left until bedtime.

As 2019 comes to a close, we’ve created a list of parenting superlatives. From funniest fashion fail to sweetest photo trend, we hope you’ll enjoy this recap of some of the year’s best parenting stories.

Cutest father-son video

Comedian DJ Pryor went viral after sharing a video of himself and son, Kingston, chatting about a TV show.Shanieke Pryor

In a viral video, comedian DJ Pryor and his infant son, Kingston, made us smile as they chatted about a TV show finale together on their couch. Although Kingston was just a baby, he responded to his dad’s comments and questions like he knew exactly what was going on.

Pryor said when he is home in Tennessee, Kingston follows him around the house and does everything his father does. When working on a stand up bit, Pryor holds a microphone. If he puts the mic down, Kingston picks it up and does his own routine.

“He is very animated,” said Pryor. “He takes after me.”

Most genius school assignment hack

Florida mom Rachel Ellsworth sent her daughter to school with a 100-calorie pack of Oreos on the 100th day of school.Rachel Ellsworth

Schools love to assign kids special projects for the 100th day of school, and Florida mom Rachel Ellsworth cracked us up this year with her brilliant hack for her daughter’s assignment to bring 100 items to school on the big day.

Ellsworth found a 100-calorie pack of Oreo cookies in her pantry and sent her daughter to school with it.

“Here I am on the 99th day of school looking around my house — turns out I have 86 buttons, 72 stickers and only 54 paper clips,” Ellsworth said. “I was rummaging through the pantry when I saw my 100 calorie packs of Oreo crisps…my daughter thought it was hilarious and her teacher thought I was a genius. It also doubled as her snack that day.”

Problem solved.

Funniest fashion fail

Brooklyn Friedlander and her dad, Brad, made everyone laugh this year after she went to school wearing training underwear as pants.Aliza Friedlander

When 3-year-old Brooklyn Friedlander’s mom, Aliza Friedlander, had to head to work early one morning, she asked Brooklyn’s dad, Brad, to dress their daughters for school. Later in the day, Friedlander received a text from a friend with a photo of Brooklyn at school wearing training underwear as pants.

In a hilarious text conversation, which Friedlander shared on Instagram, Brad defended himself, saying Brooklyn told him they were shorts and pointing out, “at least she was wearing something.”

Friedlander said, in her husband’s defense, Brooklyn does own several pair of bike shorts and even told her dad that was what she was wearing. Still, we’re happy for this epic fashion fail and the laughs it provided.

Most body-positive dad

Comedian Kevin Fredericks went viral this year after a video of him telling the beach, “You’re gonna get whatever body I give you,” made its rounds.KevOnStage/Facebook

Comedian Fredericks made us laugh this year after a video of him yelling at the beach in Hawaii went viral.

“You’re gonna get whatever body I give you,” Fredericks shouts at the ocean in the clip. “My beach body’s on back order — it’s on delay 7-10 business years.”

Fredericks told TODAY Parents that on a trip to Hawaii last year, he made a vow to himself that the next time he vacationed in Hawaii, he’d be in the best shape of his life. When spring break came around in April, Fredericks realized he hadn’t made much progress.

It was then that the father of two decided to change his mindset entirely.

“I figured I wasn’t gonna let not having a great body stop me from enjoying my vacation and decided to tell the beach it was gonna get whatever body I gave it,” Fredericks said. “That’s exactly what I did, and it felt great.”

Most interesting home remedy

A mom’s post about using a vibrator to clear her baby’s chest congestion went viral in 2019.Getty Images stock

One mom’s unorthodox attempt to help clear her baby’s chest congestion went viral this year: She used her vibrator.

An anonymous woman shared a photo with baby education organization Melons and Cuties of her using the sex toy on the infant’s back to help clear congestion.

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While multiple children’s hospitals declined to comment to TODAY about the possible medical effectiveness of this method, Dr. Matt McDonald, the chief medical officer at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey did offer some basic tips to help a child with congestion.

“If the baby has a cold or mucus in the nose, I would recommend a basic humidifier and cold suctioning,” he said. “And if you have concerns that your baby or toddler has congestion in the chest, or if the baby is having trouble breathing, I would recommend that you take them to the doctor before you make an intervention.”

Best prank pulled on a working mom

This mom sent an email to her boss as “Poop Your Pants” thanks to her daughter’s prank.Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown was reading a work email when a recipient named “Poop Your Pants” jumped out at her.

“I was like, ‘How unprofessional,’” Brown told TODAY Parents. But when Brown clicked on the name, she let out a gasp.

“It was me!” she exclaimed. “My picture was there and everything.”

The mom of Gracie, 7, and Annie, 5, didn’t have to look far for the culprit.

“I knew if someone sabotaged me, it had to be one of the people I created,” Brown explained. Her daughter, Gracie, was behind the prank. And, after Brown explained the situation to her employer, she wrote a viral post on LinkedIn telling the hilarious story.

Strongest dad joke game

A Colorado dad went viral this year for his funny community center signs.Vince Rozmiarek

“I call my horse Mayo and sometimes Mayo neighs.”

“I have a nephew who is half-Indian. Ian.”

“Drink wine. It isn’t good to keep things bottled up.”

Those are just some of the messages that have appeared on a community center sign in Colorado. Credit goes to Vince Rozmiarek, who calls himself “the king of dad jokes.”

Rozmiarek has been changing the sign every three days for the last six years, and has built up a large Facebook following for his puns, in addition to bringing travelers from around the world to his small town to take photos of the sign.

Best pop culture parenting parody

In a funny parody of the Netflix movie “Bird Box,” Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin show what happens when moms wear blindfolds to avoid the mess their kids are making.Leeann & Michelle/Facebook

The Netflix film “Bird Box” became a sensation when it appeared on the streaming service in late 2018. 2019 brought the “Bird Box” challenge, videos posted online where people tried navigating their own daily tasks blindfolded like Sandra Bullock’s character in the popular film. Enter comedians Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin, who created their own parody version of the challenge titled “Mom Box.”

In the funny moms’ version of the pop culture phenomenon, the duo puts on blindfolds to avoid seeing the mess their kids have made in their previously clean house.

“I thought to myself, ‘Moms can do their whole routine blindfolded — except it’s winter break and no one is getting anything done. The idea was born there,” said Fortin.

“Anytime we’re out of a routine, chaos ensues which leads to extreme disaster when you’re a neat freak like me,” Dearing added. “So it’s best to just put a blindfold on at times.”

Most creative gender reveal

Tristan England and his girlfriend, Kierra Hare, used England’s monster truck to reveal the gender of their baby boy. Feld Entertainment

Monster Jam driver Tristan England and his girlfriend, Kierra Hare, took gender reveals to the next level when they used England’s monster truck, Earth Shaker, to announce the gender of the baby they were expecting together.

At a Monster Jam event in Alabama, England drove his monster truck around the arena, spilling out a cloud of blue powder and balloons to announce the arrival of their baby boy. The adventurous couple later welcomed a son, Karson Crash England, in June 2019.

Sweetest photo trend

New Jersey mom Tammie Stark captured this cute back-to-school image of her son, Nicholas, with his “Toy Story” toys.Tammie Stark

This year’s release of “Toy Story 4” inspired parents around the world to take back-to-school photos of their kids with toy versions of the iconic movie characters.

Social media accounts were filled with the sweet images that showed characters like Buzz Lightyear and Woody watching kids walk away. Sigh. They really do grow up so fast.

Funniest reason for a school bus evacuation

Too much Axe Body Spray caused the evacuation of a school bus.Getty Images/ Parrish Fire District

A middle school student put on enough Axe Body Spray to stop a bus this year.

A local Florida fire department and emergency medical services unit responded to a report of “hazardous materials” aboard a bus of middle school students, after the bus driver pulled over due to students complaining about a noxious smell.

Parrish Fire District Division Chief Mike Williamson interviewed all 30 of the students from Buffalo Creek Middle School who were aboard the bus in an effort to get to the bottom of the mysterious smell. But when he eventually came to a student smelling like a cast member from a “Jersey Shore” middle school spin-off, Williamson says he was able to identify the offending student.

Most relatable parenting moment

Phots of Ashley Clarke’s 2-year-old son, Jackson, meeting his new baby sister went viral after parents everywhere identified with her emotional expression in the images.Jordan Burch Photography

When Ashley Clarke learned she was pregnant with her second child, the Florida mom was worried about introducing her 2-year-old son, Jackson, to the new baby. Photographer Jordan Burch captured the moments when Clarke finally introduced Jackson to his baby sister, Emma, and the images went viral.

In the photos, 21-month-old Jackson sobs at the sight of his newborn baby sister. Clarke cries, too, seeing her son’s reaction. The photos went viral in 2017, and gained attention again this year, proving that Clarke’s predicament resonates with second-time moms everywhere.

“I felt so torn because I was beyond excited to meet my sweet girl, but my heart broke knowing he was so upset,” said Clarke. “I felt like I was letting him down.”

Funniest high school senior

This high school senior demanded to wear a bathrobe for his senior photos.Tiffany Clark/Chaos & Clark Photography

Rising high school senior Evan Dennison won senior photos this year when he demanded to wear a bathrobe in his photo shoot, rather than put on the outfits his mother wanted him to wear.

Photographer Tiffany Clark told TODAY Parents when Evan pulled the robe from his backpack she said, “Why are you doing this to me? PLEASE just wear the clothes your mom sent.”

“I’m going to be a LEGEND,” Evan replied.

He was not wrong.

Best shut down of mom-shaming

Meghan Koziel had a creative banner made before she gave birth to her daughter, Kendra. The banner explained that Koziel was a breast cancer survivor and was unable to breastfeed her newborn.Meghan Koziel

After chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, breast cancer survivor Meghan Koziel learned she was pregnant with a baby girl. She and her husband, John, were ecstactic. When baby Kendra Jane was born, Koziel had a special sign made for her hospital bed, letting people know there was a good reason she was formula feeding her daughter and asking them not to comment.

“No Breastfeeding Zone,” the banner read. “Though breastfeeding is a very special task, please be aware before you ask. Our miracle baby will be formula fed, and it will not affect her future ahead. This mommy is a survivor.”

Funniest father-turned-pretend-grocery-store-employee

Travis Cunningham’s funny impersonation of an Aldi cashier went viral this year.Taylor Cunningham

All Aldi-shopping parents related to Travis Cunningham’s hilarious viral video this year, in which he pretended to be a cashier at the discount grocery chain.

In the video, Cunningham kneels at his kids’ Melissa and Doug play grocery store and tosses groceries into a shopping cart. “Welcome to Aldi,” is all the El Paso, Illinois father of two says, while his kids and wife giggle in the background.

Cunningham said the inspiration for his funny video came from his first shopping trip to Aldi with his wife, Taylor.

“I was taken aback by how quickly they scanned and the means in which they placed the items in the cart,” said Cunningham. “I thought the worker was just having a bad day and Taylor could tell I was about to say something and basically held her hand over my mouth. I wasn’t angry, I was basically laughing wondering if this person just hated canned goods or was going for a high score shooting them into the cart.”

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Around every corner there is another expert telling us we are doing something wrong. It doesn’t really matter what we parents do. Some experts will come out and tell us that we screwed up our children by allowing them to sleep in our beds, while other experts will say we screwed up because we didn’t let them sleep in our beds when they came to us in the middle of the night after some nightmare. Some will tell us we screwed up because we let our kids drink milk, and other experts will tell us that we screwed up by not giving our kids milk. Although they may not mean to, these experts are pushing forward the parenting deficit crisis theory in our country and confusing a lot of us parents.

Parenting wasn’t originally designed by our Creator as another means to stress parents out even more. Parenting was created to carry on the human race through the joy of parenting and the joy of being a family. So, what the heck happened to all this parenting joy? Where did it go?

As long as we modern-day parents are loving and nurturing toward our little ones, our kids are most likely going to turn out to be okay. Regardless of what the experts say, and regardless of whether or not we let our kids drink milk, or even if we let them occasionally sip water out of the water hose, they’re still probably going to turn out alright. Hey, we turned out okay, didn’t we? And some of us drank milk, and some of us didn’t, and most of us drank out of a water hose.

Now, as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us.” Let’s remove that hard-working confused snarl from our faces that has been getting in the way of showing the world how beautiful we really are. Remember, parenting should be a source of joy, not angst. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…

Daniel Blanchard is a New Britain Schoolteacher a bestselling and award-winning author, speake, educator, and TV Host. Learn more about Dan at: www.GranddaddysSecrets.com

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A college student said she suffers from a rare syndrome that causes her to sleep for weeks at a time, and has even napped through her exams. Rhoda Rodriguez-Diaz, 21, was allegedly diagnosed with “Sleeping Beauty syndrome” which can cause her to sleep for up 22 hours per day, only waking in a dream-like trance to eat junk food, drink and go to the bathroom.

At its worst, her sleeping episodes allegedly last three weeks, which caused her to fail the second year of college after she slept through crucial end-of-year exams.

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As a child Rodriguez-Diaz was diagnosed with hyperinsomnia, characterized by extreme tiredness, by her general physician. But it wasn’t until last September that doctors finally discovered the psychology student had the one-in-a-million Kleine-Levin syndrome.

She goes months at a time without experiencing an episode, but when they strike, she is totally wiped out.

“Life goes on whilst I’m sleeping,” Rodriguez-Diaz, of Leicester, England said. “Reality hits me when I wake up and realize I’ve missed like a week of my life. I feel a huge setback when it does happen. I miss out on so much. That’s the hardest part of it.”

“It’s hard to explain to people where I have been. Because it’s so rare a lot of people struggle to understand,” she said. “It’s really annoying when people call me lazy. I do struggle to deal with the effects of it.”

“But I’m determined to not let it have a big impact on my life,” she said. “It is one part of me and not who I am. It’s frustrating because people think I’m just lazy. But I’m not, I can’t help it.”

Rodriguez-Diaz said that as a child, she was unable spend as much time with friends as she would have liked.

“When I was 4 or 5 would sleep for two or three weeks at a time and the doctors had no idea what it was,” she said. “It was quite bad when I was a child. But then it didn’t happen again until I was a teenager. When I was 15 or 16 I remember finding myself sleeping more and more. Even at school I would fall asleep in the study area.”

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“I forced myself to go to school. I didn’t get teased but I found it very frustrating,” she said. “I was really into my sports but I couldn’t do as much as I wanted to because I was constantly tired. I had to force myself to do every day activities and found myself mentally tired all of the time.”

“When I wake up after a few days I feel normal again,” she said. “My friends say they can tell when I have an episode coming on because my mood changes. I get worked up and my behavior changes drastically.”

Between February and June last year, Rodriguez-Diaz went through a period of suffering from a number of episodes, which left her unable to spend enough time on her studies.

She said she was dismissed from her course in July last year when she failed to show for a number of exams and missed coursework deadlines because she was asleep.

After a visit to the doctor, in May last year, Rodriguez-Diaz was sent to see specialists at St. Thomas’ Hospital and finally got her diagnosis in September.

“It’s not as bad as it used to be but I feel like I’m always playing catch up,” she said. “I was sleeping a lot in my first year too but because it didn’t have too much of an impact on my work I didn’t go to the doctors. It was when I was missing work that I went to my GP. I tried to explain to uni that I had a condition that was stopping me from doing work.”

“But because I wasn’t diagnosed until September I had nothing to back it up,” she said. “I didn’t have enough credits to pass the year and I was dismissed.”

Rodriguez-Diaz last experienced an episode around three months ago when she slept for over 60 hours in just three days. She said she typically snacks on junk food during nap breaks and often puts on weight during an episode.

She has now re-enrolled to resume her studies, and is sitting her second year again.

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“I missed so many exams. 60 percent of my course is exams and I missed half of them,” she said. “It wasn’t my fault. But they said this is an ‘exceptional case’ so I am allowed to go back. It’s a big relief but I have to redo a lot of work I did in second year. It was difficult for me.”

Patients diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome are known to grow out of the condition eventually, and Rodriguez-Diaz says has learnt to manage her condition in adult life.

“I’m more aware of it now. I know when I’m going to have an episode,” she said. “It used to feel like I was in a dream. It’s such a surreal feeling. It feels like you’re not really there. This is just a hiccup in my life and I am just waiting until it fades out. I want to be taken serious in life and this isn’t helping.”

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36 EASY PARENTING HACKS AND TIPS

Amazing parenting tips for new parents

Becoming a parent can be one of the most amazing and stressful experiences anyone can go through. Not only because you have to take care of a cute tiny baby but also because it completely changes your life. So, in this video, we wanted to share with you some of our most interesting and amazing lifehacks that every parent should learn before their baby is born.

– In order to calm your baby and help it get back to sleep without crying, simply fill a bag with some rice and place it on its bag in order to help it sleep.

– If your child struggles to reach the sink when he/she are trying to wash their hands, then don’t worry because we have the best hack for you. We show you how you can extend the faucet of your sink simply by cutting up a conditioner bottle.

– Little ones tend to create a huge mess when they are eating so a bib doesn’t really do the job when you need. Well, in this video we show you how you can repurpose a bathroom towel into an all over bib dress that you can let your child wear when they are eating.

For those of you who can’t get rid of their old toys and you are looking for ways to re-purpose them we have some brilliant ideas to share with you!
– You can re-use an old teddy bear and turn it into a little hiding place for your candy or money.
– If your child is starting to grow up and you don’t feel like throwing away their little toys, we show how to turn it into a beautiful bowl for your fruits and veggies simply by melting some of them in the oven.

– In order to encourage your kids to brush their teeth more often, we show you how you can turn their little dinosaurs into beautiful toothbrush holders that they can keep in the bathroom.

Watch our whole video to see all of our creative and brilliant hacks we have for you that can inspire you as a parent! We also show you some amazing DIY toys for your kids that will help them stay entertained without you having to spend a lot of money on buying them new ones!

Timestamps:
0:07 – How to get a baby to sleep fast
2:17 – Turn old toys into something new
3:01 – Beautiful gold fruit bowl
4:51 – Amazing picture frames for kids
6:01 – Pom-pom bunny tails
7:17 – How to measure your toilet paper
7:57 – Help your kids identify left and right
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CÓMO AUMENTÉ MIS GLUTEOS  3 TALLAS NATURALMENTE EN 1 MES? (4 EJERCICIOS en CASA PARA GLUTEOS)

Hola tortuguitas! En este video les compartiré 4 ejercicios MÁS EFECTIVOS para aumentar los gluteos y tener gluteos grandes y tonificados de forma natural. Vamos a hacer sentadillas, elevación de piernas entre otros más que nos ayudarán y harán crecer los musculos de los gluteos. Este es el programa que yo hago 5 veces a la semana y la verdad me han ayudadu muchisimo! 🙂 Espero que a ustedes también! Los amo muchooo!!!!
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Adriana Lima's Long-Haul Flight Travel Routine | On the Go | Vogue

How does supermodel Adriana Lima pack for a long flight? On her way from Los Angeles to Qatar, Adriana shares her entire travel routine. Does the idea of a long-haul flight get you down? See exactly why Adriana loves them!

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How Top Model Meghan Roche Gets Runway Ready | Diary of a Model | Vogue

Watch and see how model Meghan Roche spends her day before she walks in the Brandon Maxwell Fall / Winter show during New York fashion week.

Director: Talia Collis
DP: Rachel Batashvili
Sound: Ana M Fernandez
Editor: Jeff Bernier
Color: Keyhan Bayegan
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21 FUNNY DIY IDEAS FOR YOUR PRANKS

Hilarious prank ideas to have fun with friends

Having fun with friends and making memories is one of the best ways to pass the time. In this video, I give you some ideas on how to prank your friends and some other experiments you can try together.
You can add a water balloon inside a Pringles container and ask your friend to open it for you. The water will splash all over them.
You can also try the good-old you have a bee on your back. – Where you simply stick the letter B on your friends back and they’ll think it’s the real insect.
Another hilarious prank you could try is to layer the crisps bag with some Nutella on top. When your friends try to grab a bit, their hands will be filled with chocolate.
Here’s another idea with balloons. Take your roommates, keys, air pods and all sorts of small stuff and put them in inflatable balloons. For them to get them, they must break each balloon in the living room in order to find them.
You can play the broken screen prank, where you find a photo of a broken wallpaper online and add it as a background on their computer to make them think that their computer is really broken. Make sure you film their reaction.

Timestamps:
0:51 – Hilarious water balloon prank
2:35 – Crisps vs Nutella prank
3:48 – The coin trick
5:17 – The broken laptop screen prank
7:01 – Fun prank idea for your roommates
8:55 – How to prank your friends with glasses

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22 USEFUL BEAUTY IDEAS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

AMAZING BEAUTY AND makeup HACKS YOU SHOULD INCLUDE IN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE

Trying out new makeup looks, and experiments is a great way to learn about makeup. It will teach you to be a better beauty guru and how to become a better artist. Well, in this video I show you some fun ideas to try in order to help you be more creative with your makeup looks.
For starters, I show you some simple lipstick ideas and lipstick hacks that will help you understand how to give some shape to your lips. Instead of going for a boring red lipstick, you can try my crystal lipstick tutorial where you wear lip-gloss, sugar and then gold glitter liquid all around your lips.
I also show you some secret makeup hacks only experienced artists know.
The best way to test your lipstick color is to see how it looks like on your skin tone. Sometimes lighter skin tones make colors look different and some other times the same.
Before picking out which eyelashes you’re putting on a night out, simply test them using eye movements. When they seem unnatural when you look up, on both sides, then it’s better to go for something more subtle.
Watch until the end to find out which is the best method to blend your foundation with. Beauty blenders and makeup brushes are equally good, but they should be used on different face parts.

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0:07- Amazing lipstick hacks
1:46 – What lipsticks look like on different skin tones
2:41 – Foundation blending secrets
3:57 – How durable are brow products
4:28 – Types of curls on different hair
5:46 – How to contour your lips
8:16 – DIY fake freckles
9:06 – How to change your foundation shade

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