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We all know that 3 p.m.-on-a-workday feeling: your eyelids start drooping, your computer screen gets blurry, and the floor beneath your desk looks like the perfect place to curl up for a nap. As it turns out, there’s a scientific reason for your slumping shoulders: “Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., a drop in body temperature naturally occurs in most people, which releases melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy,” says Dr. Michael Breus, sleep expert and author of
The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan.
Of course, having a regular sleep schedule is key to feeling more alert all day, but if you’re dragging after watching one too many Homeland episodes last night, here are five research-backed methods to overcome a midafternoon crash — even if there’s not a Starbucks in sight.
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There are two types of people on Black Friday: the ones who revel in facing down sales-hungry crowds and those who like to curl up on the couch with a hot cider and their laptop. Well, no offense to any thrill seekers out there, but when it comes to this shopping holiday, the latter seems the better option to us — read
Holiday shopping can cause a boatload of stress. There are a lot of bases to cover and only a few weeks to get down to business. So, if you're stumped on what to buy the techie in your life (you know, the person who always needs to have the latest and greatest gadgets on the market), we feel you. They can be tough to read