February 2018


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7 things not to do when you first wake up

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There’s no one morning routine that works for everyone.

Maybe yours involves reading the news, or guzzling water, or dancing to pop music in your underwear. No judgment.

That said, there are certain morning mistakes that can set the stage for an unproductive rest of the day.

We checked out what scientists and other experts had to say about making the most (and the least) of the first few minutes after you wake up.

Below, we’ve rounded up seven common wake-up behaviors that you’ll want to avoid.

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1. Hit the snooze button

Sometimes (OK, all the time) your alarm goes off and you are just not ready to face the day yet. Resist the temptation to put off the inevitable by five or 10 minutes. 

As sleep expert Timothy Morgenthaler told Business Insider’s Jessica Orwig“Most sleep specialists think that snooze alarms are not a good idea.”

That’s partly because, if you fall back into a deep sleep after you hit the snooze button, you’re entering a sleep cycle you definitely won’t be able to finish. So you’ll likely wake up groggy instead of refreshed.

A better bet? Figure out how much sleep you need on a nightly basis and make sure to get that amount.


2. Stay curled up

So you avoided the snooze (congrats!) and now you’re lying awake in bed. Use this time to make yourself as big as possible — physically.

According to Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy, stretching out wide is a way to build confidence as you launch into your day.

Though it’s hard to say whether people feel good because they stretch out or vice versa, Cuddy explained during a talk at New York’s 92Y that the people who wake up with their arms in a V “are super happy, like annoyingly happy.”

By contrast, she said there’s some preliminary evidence that people who wake up in a fetal ball “wake up much more stressed out.”


3. Check email

If you sleep near your phone (and most Americans do), it’s easy to roll over and start mindlessly scrolling through your inbox.

Don’t do it.

As Julie Morgenstern, author of the book “Never Check Email in the Morning,” told The Huffington Post, if you start your morning this way, “you’ll never recover.”

“Those requests and those interruptions and those unexpected surprises and those reminders and problems are endless,” she said. “There is very little that cannot wait a minimum of 59 minutes.”

Instead, Morgenstern suggests that if you’re going to do some work, make it a project that requires considerable focus.


See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Comprising 365 islands in the Caribbean Sea, the San Blas archipelago is inhabited by the Kuna people, and has avoided mass tourism. The islands are blessed with eco-friendly accommodation and unspoilt nature. I would recommend a visit to the Cayos Limones chain – with clear waters and white sands. There are also shipwrecks that make for excellent snorkelling, and the local food is a treat. Reaching the islands takes about a day from Panama City and involves a scenic three-hour 4WD drive to Carti Suitipo, or Garti Tupile through rainforests and mountains. The water taxi, operated by the Kuna, costs between $15 and $25, depending which island you visit.

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What would parents do to their kids if they ridiculed a senator? Give them ice cream, apparently


Wednesday’s CNN town hall on gun violence was always going to be a heated affair.

But the forum also presented numerous opportunities for the students, teachers and parents of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to confront decision makers about inaction on guns.

Namely Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who was asked by shooting survivor Cameron Kasky if he would reject contributions from the National Rifle Association, in a nod to the lobby group’s political influence.

Cameron Kasky, who survived the school shooting: “Sen. Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?”
Rubio: “People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment” #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/ucmVB74g1C

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Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated film has been cut by Universal Pictures to satisfy an M rating in the country, replacing the word “c**t” with “cooze” and removing some explicit nudity, as noted first by Facebook page Media Censorship in Australia.

That’s compared to the U.S., where the film has been given an R rating by the MPAA.  

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The Federal Communications Commission is on the verge of officially publishing its order demolishing the rules that protected a free and open internet, and activists actually have a reason to look forward to it. Why? Think lawsuits. 

A quick look at the webpage of the Federal Register shows that the order axing net neutrality will be published Thursday, and, according to Reuters, that will give those opposed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s vision of the internet a chance to fight back.  Read more…

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Since the teens have emerged as powerful voices on social media following last week’s shooting, they’ve had to face what many other high profile Twitter users before them have dealt with: abuse and harassment. 

This time, the social media platform is wasting no time in addressing the issue which “goes against everything we stand for at Twitter.” The company says it’s “actively working on” responding to reports of abuse and harassment. Read more…

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