POSTS WITH TAG: energy & fatigue

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    Some of us love naps. We need them to function. Sometimes we just get so tired that the toothpicks give out and a snooze is an absolute must. Or we partake in coffee and attempt to delay the inevitable slumber. Naps are a beautiful thing. Or so I thought. Napping is linked to an early death. It can kill us. Die. Dead. Gone. Game over. Adults who nap every day are two and a half times more likely to die before their "time."

    This is the worst news ever. Is this study funded by those who pimp out caffeine? Or one of those energy drinks? I'm a napper. I nap so I can live! Not to die sooner!

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    Alec Baldwin's young wife, Hilaria, is quickly becoming the Gisele Bundchen of the yoga world -- that is, the person most likely to annoy you. Longtime yoga instructor Hilaria has been taking advantage of her sudden semi-fame as Alec's wife to promote the practice to which she is devoted. Sometimes bizarrely over-devoted. Like here when she does a "pilot pose" on, you guessed it, an airplane. And then she posted it to Instagram -- because of course she did.

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    Mita Diran was a baby -- just 24 -- when she slipped into a coma this week and died, shortly after spending days awake and relying on something called Thai Red Bull just so she could work more. The Indonesian woman was a copywriter at a major ad agency in her country and proudly Tweeted about her commitment to work in the days and weeks leading up to her death. Her last Tweet, which she sent on December 14, read: "30 hours of working and still going strooong." Hers is the story of a sad, terrible waste of a young, talented life.

    But Mita's work habits are probably not that far off from many of our own. And this heartbreaking story should serve as a wake-up call for some of us.

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    I've always been a big picture thinker, which can be handy in a few instances. But mostly, it makes you focus on the destination and miss the entire journey.

    Worse, when you finally think you've reached the destination, it's not at all how you imagined it.

    If you're like me and tend to think about tomorrow and the next day rather than enjoying today, you need to read this, stat.

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    If you've got tons of energy, hardly need any sleep, and just love working out six days a week, you probably have no reason to believe you're anything other than super healthy. But the opposite turned out to be true for 22-year-old college student Cristina Speirs. She chalked up her immense amount of energy and enviable lack of need of sleep to her regular workouts and hot yoga classes. But in reality something much more sinister was going on. Cristina had cancer.

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    Imagine being a healthy, active young woman planning your wedding one day, and the next, you are in constant pain, your brain is always foggy, and you are practically bed-ridden. This is what happened to 31-year-old Jennifer Brea, who first came down with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), or what is commonly known in the U.S. as "chronic fatigue syndrome" when she was at Harvard University. "I can't drive. I can't leave my house unattended, and I'm in a wheelchair," Brea told ABC News. What happened?!

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    It's never been easy for me to sleep. Even as a baby my mom describes how I'd fret and fuss for reasons seemingly unrelated to gas or teething. My issues with sleep have manifested themselves in million, irksome ways. I've had stretches where even the idea of falling asleep seems impossible. Other times, I'd fall asleep quickly and then wake up at two am, unable to fall back asleep no matter how tired I felt. 

    I'm not alone when it comes to having a tough time of it. Load of other people in this country and beyond have issues with their sleep. We've all heard all of the things we're supposed to do to improve the quality (if not quantity) of our sleep. You know, drink warm milk, take a nice bath. Above all -- stop worrying about it. 

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    Drinking water is apparently the magic key to curing all our body's problems. Eight glasses a day, that's what everyone says. Feeling tired? Drink more water. Want to lose weight? Make sure you're drinking enough water. House beset upon by evil spirits? Holy water works. I kid, I kid. But seriously -- water is touted as the solution to all ills, or so modern medicine would have you believe.

    On the one hand, it's makes sense. The human body is comprised of 60 percent water. Maintaining solid levels of hydration is key to keeping us all up and running. But the 64 ounces of the stuff popularly pushed on all of us, is that really necessary? Some scientists say no.

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    OMG, you guys. It's April. Like the end of April. And you know what that means? In a matter of a couple months, I'll be wearing shorts, sundresses, and (gulp) swimsuits -- which means it's about time to get my ass in gear and finally shed the extra layer of blah I've been carrying around since the holidays.

    And that's why on Monday, I'm starting a 10-day Spring detox that will literally clean me out, refresh my spirit, and restore energy to my body so I can once again feel like I want to take over the world. (No, not literally, but you know what I mean.)

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  • What Happens When Mom Is Sick? (PHOTO)

    posted by Kate Gosselin March 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM in Big Kid
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    I rarely get sick or feel “under the weather,” but late this past weekend, something hit me. It wasn't really the flu or a cold necessarily, I honestly think it was just a case of plain old mom exhaustion ... Imagine that! I just felt really, really tired and achy, and after preparing an entire dinner, I asked my kids' "permission" to go get into my bed! They willingly and lovingly agreed to completely clean up the kitchen together so I could rest my weary bones! I was thrilled, but admittedly, I was a bit skeptical!

    So ... with my door open to listen closely to the “goings on,” I retreated to the restful haven that I call my bed. After resting tentatively for a short while, I received a knock at the door. It was one of my smiling children coming to ask if I needed anything. I actually did need something, so I asked for a few crackers from the kitchen. Moments later, they appeared! So nice!

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