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We all know getting a good night’s sleep is important for our health, but no matter how hard folks try some just can’t seem to get the recommended amount of shuteye each night. Well, it turns out what people are doing just before they get in bed could be the reason they’re not sleeping, and there are some simple things that can be done to fix that. 

Sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley says folks need to start readying their body for sleep a good 30 minutes before they call it a night, while fellow expert Mark Cropley, shares, “Thirty minutes is a good amount of time before bed to start unwinding and thinking about sleep,” adding, “Never underestimate the importance of establishing a good routine, in sleep and all areas of life, as it can dramatically affect your levels of success.” 

So, what should you be doing 30 minutes before bedtime to maximize your sleep? Well, here are a few steps:

  • 30 minutes before bed – Complete any final tasks, like emails or paying bills, and make a to-do list for the next day.
  • 25 minutes before bed – Shutdown the blue lights, meaning turn off your laptops, iPads and phones.
  • 20 minutes before bed – Brush your teeth, and wash your face, and gals take off your makeup. Don’t do this at the last minute because the water on your face can wake you up a bit.
  • 15 minutes before bed – Take a quick five-minute hot shower. Heating the body can cool you down, which is good for sleep.
  • 10 minutes before bed – Go to the bathroom. Lots of people lose sleep because they wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
  • 5 minutes before bed – Stop talking. This is the time for quiet so no more chats with your partner. Also, don’t actually get into your bed until then. Try and limit your bed to just sleep on most nights.

Source: New York Post

If you’ve ever been concerned that your phone addiction was over the top, Motorola just came out with their Phone-Life Balance Study to confirm your fears. They surveyed 4,418 smartphone users between 16 and 65 years old in the U.S., France, Brazil, and India. And while 60% say it’s important to have a life separate from their phones, 65% admit that they “panic” when they think they’ve lost their phone.

According to the survey, 29% agree that when they’re not using their phone, they are either “thinking about using it or planning the next time they can use it.” And that’s ruining our social lives, too. A third of respondents reported prioritizing their smartphone more than engaging with people they care about. Even sadder? Over half the Gen Z respondents describe their phone as a best friend!

So if your phone-life balance is off, your relationship with your phone needs to change. Here are some tips to help you kick your smartphone addiction:

  • Stop using ALL the bells and whistles - Smartphones do make life easier, and it’s not like you’re going to stop using Google Maps and get lost just to spend less time on your phone, but you could use a regular alarm clock to help break the habit of scrolling before bed and right when you wake up.
  • Be selective about alerts and notifications - You don’t really need to know every time you get a “like” on Instagram, do you?
  • Try a phone-use tracking app - You can use your phone to help you use your phone less, with an app like Space that promotes phone-life balance without shaming you.

Source: Shape

As parents we spend a great deal of time negotiating with our kids, to get them to brush their teeth, clean up their toys, and finish their homework. And while we may have figured out how to bribe or otherwise entice our kids to eat dinner, former FBI negotiator Chris Voss thinks he can help parents learn how to navigate their toughest opponents.

As the former lead kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, Voss knows that using certain language when negotiating can be more effective. “You want to wear them out the same way they wear you out, by asking open-ended questions,” says Voss. “”How’ questions are a great way to give the other side the illusion of control while you hold on to the upper hand. It also makes them think.”

So when your kid is dragging their feet about going to bed on time, he suggests asking, “How am I supposed to let you stay up late and watch TV when I need you to get good grades in school?” Voss also advises repeating the last three words of what your kid says because it “keeps them talking and wears them out.”

He also has good advice for some of the fiercest terrorists we’re faced with as parents: toddlers. Voss suggests getting them off their feet by putting them up on a countertop or shelf, where they’re completely safe, but still feel a bit uncomfortable and threatened. Hey, whatever works, right?

Source: Moneyish

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time once again for that life chore that is spring cleaning. There are many other things you could do with your time that are a lot more fun that organizing and tidying, but there’s something satisfying about purging all the clutter and junk you don’t need and reorganizing the stuff you do keep.

But deciding what to toss/donate/sell and what’s a keeper isn’t always easy, which just gives us another excuse to put off one of the biggest spring cleaning projects: your closet. First, you’ll want to decide what your intention is. Are you just trying to thin out your cardigan collection or are you trying to go deep and get rid of all the garments you don’t wear?

One you know what you’re trying to accomplish, start by taking everything out of your closet and group it all by category. Then look at your piles and ask yourself:

  • Have you worn it in the last year? - Think seasonally about when you’d wear it and if you haven’t worn it, think about why. Does it feel uncomfortable? Does it not fit well? Do you see yourself wearing it soon?
  • Does it have positive sentimental value? - Some clothes have happy memories wrapped up in them, but do you really need to hang onto the skirt from your 21st birthday?
  • Is the item timeless? - If you don’t wear it a lot but it’s a classic piece that you could pass down to your kid someday, hold onto it. The Levis you haven’t worn in years could delight your daughter if you hand them down. Or if you don’t want to keep your timeless pieces anymore, there are all kinds of places to sell your gently used clothes and accessories, like Poshmark and ThredUp.

Source: Hello Giggles

With a lot of America dealing with freezing temperatures, there’s no doubt plenty of people are dreaming of summer, which may be why some new pool floats seem to be all the rage on the Internet. 

Folks on social media just can’t seem to get enough of a new range of giant pool inflatables that come in shapes like a giant flamingo, unicorn and peacock, can fit up to six people, and features benches, built-in cup holders and more. The inflatables are allegedly perfectly fine for a 10 feet by 10 feet pool, although they are likely a bit too big for the average backyard pool. 

But the fact that they are so oversized is actually what is making them appealing to so many people. These “personal animal islands,” as they are called, cost just under $150 and are already sold out at Sam’s Club, with folks, describing them as “'the dream” and “amazing,” although those lucky enough to snag one says it takes 20 minutes to inflate.

“My heart and bank account can’t handle this,” one person wrote on Twitter, while another added, “We need it. Think of the time spent floating on the lake this summer.”

Source: Cosmopolitan

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