The Answers to the 13 Most Contentious Health Debates
Admit it, you’ve definitely looked up whether red wine is healthy, or if the eggs you love so much are doing more harm than good. We’ve got the answers right here.
When is the best time to work out?
Bad news, night owls: The best time to get your exercise in is in the morning, evidence suggests. Squeezing in a work out in the morning will help you better control your appetite throughout the day compared exercising at other times; you’ll also sleep sounder at night. But another study indicates that your body will adjust to whatever time you regularly workout. What’s more, fitness experts say the absolute best time to workout is when you’ll actually do it. In other words, if evenings work best for you, go for it. But do you really need to eat before you workout? A recent study has the answers.
Are there benefits to sleeping naked?
This is a personal choice. Your body’s core temperature decreases before and during sleep and extreme heat or cold can cause your brain to wake you up to regulate your temperature, explains Rose McDowell, chief research officer at Sleepopolis. “Whether or not sleeping naked is beneficial depends on your natural core temperature,” she says. “The ideal sleepwear is what’s best for you. If you sleep hot, it may be best to sleep naked to help keep your core temperature regulated. If you’re a cooler sleeper, pajamas or warm bedding might be necessary for you to stay comfortable and sleep through the night without waking.” Once you figure out your ideal outfit for sleep (or perhaps lack thereof), you can try these other tips for your best night’s rest.
How long should a nap be?
Afternoon naps can help improve your alertness and performance and help lower stress levels if you’re sleep deprived, according to Conor Heneghan, PhD, Director of Research, Algorithms for Fitbit. While it’s tempting to nap until you wake, snoozing longer than 30 minutes in the middle of the day may interfere with your sleep cycle, preventing restful slumber at night. Heneghan recommends a 10- to 20-minute nap: It will keep your sleep light and help you feel fresh and alert afterward.