Trouble sleeping? Maybe you should invite your pooch to bed
Sleeping with your dog can be comforting. But is it a good idea? Maybe. Researchers found that having a dog in the bedroom doesn’t necessarily hurt sleep quality, although snoozing with too many pets could increase how many times people wake up in the night, per the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders study. The dogs’ position on or off the bed, however, makes a difference. Experiment with your pup to find what works for you both.
“Close” your kitchen after 7 p.m.
Your body needs a nighttime break from eating to repair metabolic functions, says Dr. Kahn. Skipping this fast—say, with a midnight snack—can cause a rise in inflammation, blood sugar, blood fats, and cell aging. Putting a mental “closed” sign on your kitchen after dinner, ideally around 7 p.m., is one of the best ways to improve your eating habits in just one day.
Make nuts your go-to snack
People who ate one ounce of nuts a day (that’s about 25 almonds or 50 pistachios) were less likely to die over a 30-year period than people who didn’t eat them at all, found a study of 119,000 people published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Study authors believe that the high levels of healthy unsaturated fats in nuts may lower cholesterol and inflammation, reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and more. Meanwhile, avoid these everyday eating habits that are horrible for your cholesterol.