Like most women over 40, I have mixed feelings about my complexion. I love my pores (they’re practically nonexistent), tolerate the fine lines around my eyes (I have to look pretty closely in the mirror to see them), dislike all the redness on my nose and cheeks (there’s lots), and full-on hate the brown splotches that are becoming all too prominent (like Lady Macbeth, I often use profanities to describe my spots). So when I read all the rave reviews about microneedling—which entails rolling a gadget embedded with tiny, thin needles across your skin to create plumper, brighter, smoother skin—I volunteered to try it.MORE: This Simple Makeup Hack Can Give You Clearer, Smoother Skin As crazy as it sounds, the idea makes sense: The needles create “micro-injuries” that signal the skin to produce more collagen and provide a light exfoliation of dead cells (hence the glow everyone mentioned). As a bonus, the micro-injuries are also believed to boost … [Read more...] about I Tried Microneedling To Stimulate Collagen In My Face—Here’s What Happened
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A whopping 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. I’m one of them.When I was in sixth grade, I was diagnosed with delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS), a disorder that makes me unable to fall asleep at conventional bedtimes. Understandably, this makes it hard for me to wake up when I’m expected to, and leads to a lot of sleep-deprived days. Even if I do manage to fall asleep at a normal time, I’m typically drowsy until mid-afternoon. (Yeah, it’s about as fun as it sounds.) So, when I had the chance to try light therapy for three weeks, I jumped.Light therapy is used to treat a variety of sleep disorders, including mine. When undergoing light therapy, you sit near a device that mimics natural outdoor light (also known as blue light). This is known as a light therapy box, and experts believe that consistent use can have a positive effect on the chemicals in your brain related to mood and sleep.It's … [Read more...] about I Tried Light Therapy And It Made A Huge Difference In My Life
Each month, we get real talk on relationship problems from three of the gents who put the "men" in Men's Health. This month, we asked: "My dog sleeps on my bed. My new new boyfriend isn't into it. Now what?" (Get the latest health, weight loss, fitness, and sex intel delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for our "Daily Dose" newsletter.)Dean Stattmann, MH special projects editor: GIVE THE GUY A CHANCE.This can go two ways: Your dog stays on the bed and you lose the guy, or you find Fido a comfy spot on the floor and you get to see where this thing goes. I'd advise the latter. Who knows, maybe the guy will be cool with it eventually.Related: Ask the Guy Next Door: When Guys Don't Kiss You During SexPaul Kita, MH senior editor: TEACH FIDO A NEW TRICK.Well, yeah, of course he isn't into it. Nothing like fooling around and coming across a paw. Train the dog to sleep in its own bed. Because, let's face it, three's a crowd. And as a bonus, you'll all sleep better with more … [Read more...] about ‘I Sleep With My Dog But My New Guy Doesn’t Like It—Now What?’
Every night, a 45-pound, 3-year-old Dalmatian/Heeler mix shares my bed. We’ve had the same bedtime ritual for years: I give her a treat, she “gives me five” (with one paw), then “gives me ten” (with two paws), and then the lights go out.Recently, however, my dog did something that made me wonder if sharing my bed with her was a good idea. We were playing outside when she cut her ear. I took her inside so I could clean her wound. Immediately, she bounded into my bedroom and jumped on my bed, smearing blood all over my comforter.As I scrubbed blood out of fabric, it dawned on me that my dog is actually pretty gross. She plays in the dirt, chews her nails, eats cat vomit, regularly steps in poop, and drinks out of the toilet bowl. And I’m sharing my bed with her every night. Was it actually healthy for me to sleep with my dog in the same bed?I Googled “is sleeping with your dog unhealthy?” and was met with conflicting results. Some sites … [Read more...] about Is Sleeping With Your Dog In The Bed Bad For Your Health?
When my first daughter was born, my wife and I were living in a 400-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn. The only way to squeeze the crib in was to arrange the bedroom so that you had to crawl across the bed to get to it. Having to get to her for feedings and diaper changes both during the day and at night was enough of a hassle that we quickly decided it might be best to let her sleep in the bed with us. Related: 9 Foods To Help You Sleep BetterBut first, of course, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t dangerous. What if we were exhausted and rolled onto her in the middle of the night? What about our blankets and pillows? Could they accidentally suffocate her? And what about SIDS? We’d been told repeatedly, both during pregnancy and in the hospital after the birth, that children should always sleep on their backs, in a crib free from any stuffed animals or other things (save a pacifier) to decrease the risk of SIDS. Though the risk is low (affecting less than one out of … [Read more...] about Why We Decided To Let Our Baby Sleep In Our Bed
Let’s get right to it: Your bed situation isn’t good. You might have a box spring on the floor, or polyester sheets. The last time you needed an extra pillow, you used a bag of laundry. When you hear the word “headboard” you think of karate.You spend a third of your life in bed—maybe more if you’re talented or lucky. Take control of the situation, from the ground up. Here’s what to do.Your bed shouldn’t be any pile of rags you can pass out on. It should be an actual piece of furniture. To qualify as adult, this piece of furniture should have: Legs; slats that support a mattress directly (re: no box spring); and a headboard.($489, floyddetroit.com)), a headboard signals to the world that you are someone who might one day sit up in bed and do a crossword. It also prevents visitors from falling into that linty area between the wall and the mattress when they were only trying to snuggle with you and make you watch The … [Read more...] about How To Have a Bed She’ll Actually Love Sleeping In
Do you roll solo in the sack? 30 percent of married or cohabitating people sleep in separate beds, reports a new study from Ryerson University.Among the common reasons couples snooze separately: snoring, issues with kids, and incompatible sleep schedules, says study author Colleen Carney, Ph.D.The two-bed setup doesn't necessarily signal relationship trouble. In fact, Carney says it may be a good idea in certain situations. For example, if your girlfriend’s a night owl and wakes you up every time she comes to bed late, you could wind up in a bad mood the next day—which has been shown to exacerbate relationship issues and your sex life.However, if you're sleeping apart to avoid turmoil, your arrangement could be a symptom of something more serious, Carney says.Before contemplating different beds, try a few tweaks to your sleep habits:Spend a few minutes being the big spoon, then roll to your side of the bed—it’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep … [Read more...] about Is It Normal to Sleep in Separate Beds?
Truth: My three-year-old slept in my room until he was a year old, and my three-month-old’s crib is currently taking up residence in the corner of my bedroom.That's why I'm all about the recent news that the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that infants sleep in the same room as mom and dad, as long as they're on a separate surface, like in a crib or bassinet. Experts say this may reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other types of infant death, like suffocation. According to the recommendation, babies should sleep in their parents’ bedroom for at least six months, and ideally for the first year, based on the latest evidence.While this may seem strange to some parents, I've never thought twice about it. It appeals to both my lazy and anal sides: It takes me two steps to get to my son when he wakes up to nurse in the night (and two more steps to put him back in his crib after), and I can … [Read more...] about Why I Let My Baby Sleep In My Bedroom
I like to use my weekends as an opportunity to kick back with friends and loved ones, do the things I may have had to put off during the week, and maybe break my regular routine by staying up or sleeping in a little later than usual. The latter is something I know a lot of people tend to do on the weekends and you likely do, too. It’s normal to break your usual sleeping pattern on your days off; after all there’s no need to get up at the crack of dawn if you don’t feel like it, right? Wrong. As I recently found out, my weekend sleeping habits could end up threatening my health. You’ve likely heard time and time again that you should aim for six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per 24 hours. But does it matter when you get that sleep? According to a new Korean study, it does. Night owls tend to experience higher incidences of health problems than morning people. Those who go to bed early and are “morning types” are far less likely to have … [Read more...] about Planning to Sleep in This Weekend? Why You Shouldn’t
I’ll bet most of you wouldn’t even think of it. But that is exactly what a large number of you are doing every night. Only this type of “snake” has a slow-acting poison. The snake is formed, among others, by underground streams of water that throw up walls of microwaves and other types of radiation which can cross your bed, forming a geopathogenic zone. A geopathogenic zone can be located in the region of your head, causing insomnia, a brain tumor, learning problems, Parkinsons, etc.; over your chest, causing asthma, pneumonia, breast cancer; across your abdominal region, causing cancer of the stomach, liver or pancreas; in the region of your pelvis, producing infertility, prostate cancer, malformed babies, etc. But, you’ll say: “Why haven’t I heard about this in the media?” But, now you have. Probably because these zones are invisible, although air is too. Actually, this phenomenon has been extensively investigated by unbiased … [Read more...] about Geopathogenic Zones: Would You Sleep with a Poisonous Snake in Your Bed?