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With the weather getting colder and colder, a lot of people will be dealing with sniffles, if not a full-blown cough, cold or even the flu. Of course, nobody likes getting sick, and it seems most folks would be more than willing to give up a lot of things if it means they’d always stay healthy.

According to a new poll conducted by The Vitamin Shoppe, 29% of people say they’d be willing to give up social media if it meant not having to deal with coughs, colds or sore throats, while another 29% would give up caffeine and 21% would actually give up sex.

Other things folks would be willing to give up to not get sick include watching TV shows and movies (18%) and vacation time (17%).

  • Now how folks react when they do get sick is another story. It seems 45% of people become extremely needy when they’re ill, while a third say they exaggerate their symptoms just to get sympathy. And when they are sick, many will do anything to feel comfortable. The survey finds that 70% will sleep or nap to make themselves feel better, while 53% will wear pajamas all day, 49% will binge watch TV and movies, and another 24% will eat junk/comfort food.

Source: SWNS Digital

A lot of new babies were born in 2018, and while some people may have picked unique names for their little tot, some tried and true monikers still seem to be the most popular out there.

BabyCenter has just come out with their list of the Top Baby Names for 2018, with Jackson topping the list for boys for the sixth year in a row, while Sophia is tops for girls for the ninth year. 

Top Five Girl Names For 2018

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella


Top Five Boys Names for 2018

  1. Jackson
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Aiden
  5. Caden

Of course folks can find inspiration for their baby’s name in a variety of places. Popular trends in baby names include:

  • Zen-inspired - like Peace (up 66%), Harmony (up 15%), and Rainbow (up 26%) for girls, while earth-friendly names like Ocean (31%) and Sky (up 38%) were popular for boys.
  • Fortnite-inspired - like Ramirez (up 57% ), Leviathan (up 46% for boys) and Bunny (up 37% for girls).
  • Kardashian-inspired - like Stormi (up 63%), Dream (up 42%) and Saint (up 42%).
  • Food-inspired– like Kale (up 35%), Kiwi (up 40%), Maple (up 32%) and even Saffron (up 31% for girls).
  • “Fixer Upper”-inspired– apparently folks want to be just like the Gaines family, with Magnolia, the name of their business, up 21%, while names of their kids are also up including Emmie (up 13%), Ella (up 8%), and even their latest Crew (up 4%). 

Source: Market Watch

Hey ladies! If you’re looking for a peaceful night of sleep, it might be time to kick your partner out of bed and let your dog take their place. According to a new study, women who cuddle their canines in bed instead of another human might have better sleep.

Researchers at Canisius College surveyed 962 women pet owners to find out how having an animal affects their sleep. They found that 55% of dog owners admit they let at least one pooch sleep in the bed, compared to only 31% of cat owners who allow their felines to share their covers, and 57% of all women surveyed share their bed with another human.

And the survey shows that dogs disturb sleep less than humans and cats, plus dogs provide “stronger feelings of comfort and security.” Dog owners were also found to go to bed earlier and keep a stricter sleep schedule, which study authors say may contribute to a better quality of sleep.

Source: CBS

As we head into the last month of the year, lots of people are already thinking about New Year’s resolutions, which often include getting in shape and joining a gym. But before you drop your hard-earned money on a membership to a gym, you should know if it meets your needs. Don’t sign on the dotted line until you answer these questions.

  • What do you want from the experience? - Know what your goals are and think about the kinds of workouts that check those boxes and where you need to go to find them.
  • What equipment will you need? - Does the gym have the specific machines and equipment you’ll need and amenities you’re looking for, like an indoor track or sauna?
  • Do they offer classes you want to take? - If you’re into yoga, boxing, or cycling, make sure the gym offers those classes and that they’re included in the cost of your membership.
  • How crowded is it at the times you typically work out? - Before you sign up, drop by the gym at the time that fits your schedule. If it’s so packed you couldn’t imagine working out there, it might not be the place for you. Or you could change your schedule to go outside peak times and the gym should be able to tell you when those are.
  • Is it convenient? - It doesn’t matter what classes they have or how affordable it is, if it’s a hassle to get there, you might not go as often.
  • How much will it cost? - Gym and studio memberships can be expensive, but aside from the monthly fees, think about other costs, like how much it’ll cost you to get there.

Source: PopSugar

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