People Who Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed Are More Miserable in the Morning

People Who Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed Are More Miserable in the Morning

The right side of the bed is the wrong side of the bed. Yeah, I’m into talking in riddles now. So what?

According to a new survey, people who get off the bed on the right side are more likely to feel miserable, tired, and grumpy in the morning than people who get out of bed on the left side.

People who get out on the left side feel like they’re awake an average of six minutes earlier . . . and their mood picks up an average of 15 minutes earlier. They’re also 7% less likely to have someone at work comment on how tired they look.

The survey didn’t offer up any reason WHY people who wake up on the left side of the bed are happier, so it’s entirely possible this is a coincidence.

But we’ll offer up a theory. People who sleep on the right side of their bodies are more likely to have heartburn and acid reflux, because it opens up the path between your stomach and esophagus which can throw off your stomach acid levels.

So if you sleep on the right side of the bed, you might be more likely to sleep on your right SIDE . . . so that you’re not facing into the middle. And that could cause minor stomach issues that make you sleep worse.

(Daily Mail / New York Times)

Eight Ways Daylight Saving Time Makes Your Job Harder

Eight Ways Daylight Saving Time Makes Your Job Harder

According to a new survey, only 17% of us get at least eight hours of sleep a night. And with Daylight Saving Time, it’s even lower today. Here are the top eight reasons your job might be harder because of the time change . . .

  1. It seems like your day goes slower. That was the number one answer. 29% of the people in the survey agreed with it.
  2. Being tired makes you feel less motivated.
  3. It makes you less productive.
  4. You have a harder time remembering stuff.
  5. It takes longer to complete certain tasks.
  6. You get irritated by your coworkers more easily.
  7. You make more mistakes.
  8. It makes you resent your job more.

Also, a new CDC study looked at which jobs mess with people’s sleep schedules the most. The jobs where you’re least likely to get at least seven hours of sleep include switchboard operators, railway workers, food prep supervisors, and firefighters.

The jobs where you’re MOST likely to get enough sleep include air traffic controllers . . . church workers . . . teachers . . . and farmers.

(PR Newswire / Huffington Post)

 

Eight Warning Signs that you’re about to have a Nervous Breakdown

Eight Warning Signs that you’re about to have a Nervous Breakdown

A therapist recently posted a list online of eight signs you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown. If only a few of them apply, you might just be a little stressed out. But if they ALL sound way too familiar, take it seriously . . .

  1.  You have escape fantasies. Like you want to pick up and leave everything behind.
  2.  You feel like you have no downtime. Which is common if you have kids. But it can also be a sign of anxiety and depression.
  3.  You struggle to make simple decisions. It might be because your body’s producing too much of the stress hormone cortisol.
  4.  You’ve stopped socializing completely. You don’t even WANT to, because you’re too overwhelmed with everything else. So it feels like work.
  5.  You can’t sleep. It’s a classic sign of anxiety and depression.
  6.  You’re having panic attacks. Obviously it’s a sign you’re dealing with major anxiety.
  7.  You’re self-sabotaging. A common example is going out drinking when you know you have to wake up early. Stress-eating is another one.
  8.  It feels like you keep failing at everything. Which probably isn’t true. But if you feel like you’re constantly failing at work AND at home, you might be depressed.

(Healthista)

More Than Half of People Will Give Their Pet a Valentine’s Day Gift

More Than Half of People Will Give Their Pet a Valentine’s Day Gift

Even if you’re single, maybe you won’t feel alone today thanks to your cat or dog.  But if you’re single and don’t have a pet . . . um, no offense, I guess?

According to a new survey, 54% of people with pets are giving them a Valentine’s gift this year.  And that makes sense, because we’re in VERY affectionate relationships with them.

91% tell their pets they love them . . . 70% let them sleep in their bed . . . and 32% kiss them on the lips, bacteria be damned.

(PR Newswire)

 

Five Small Ways to Be Healthier This Year

Five Small Ways to Be Healthier This Year

If you’re trying to be healthier this year, here are five small changes that don’t require much effort.  But they can actually make a difference . . .

  1.   Start calling yourself a “runner.”  Or if you like tennis, start referring to yourself as a “tennis player.”  A study at Winona University in Minnesota found that giving yourself a label like that encourages you to do the activity more, regardless of what it is.
  2.   Make sure you get a good night’s sleep on Tuesdays.  A recent study found it’s the night we’re most LIKELY to get a good night’s sleep, because we’re less likely to drink or stay out late.  So try not to waste it.
  3.   Put a plant on your desk at work.  It makes you more productive, and it can increase job satisfaction by 20%.  So it’s an easy way to boost your MENTAL health.
  4.   Record yourself brushing your teeth.  If you do it every other day for about two weeks, your technique should get better.
  5.   Wash your reusable water bottle every day.  It seems like you shouldn’t have to since you’re only putting water in there.  But it can actually get pretty disgusting if you don’t.  Bacteria from your hands and mouth can get in there and then multiply.

So either toss it in the dishwasher every night, or let it soak in water that’s mixed with a little bit of vinegar or bleach.

(Daily Mail / PopSugar)