All over the world, research scientists are slaving away in labs, coming up with ways to make our lives better, healthier, and happier! So - straight from the scientist’s lab – here’s the hottest new research, courtesy of Prevention Magazine.
- This first bit of research is for your sleep. It comes from the Laboratory of Human Chronobiology, in New York. Researchers there have found that napping during the day won’t actually ruin a good night’s sleep. After doing hundreds of tests, they found if you take a nap before two in the afternoon, you can sleep for up to two hours without ruining your sleep that night. So go ahead and take a lunchtime nap. You won't be up all night, and it’ll help recharge your brain. If you don’t want to be groggy post-nap, limit it to half an hour tops. Longer than that and you’ll have what’s called “sleep inertia” – that feeling of being in a mental and physical fog and it’ll last for half an hour.
- This next tip is for your immune system. It comes from the Human Performance Lab in North Carolina. They’ve studied marathon runners for years, and they've found that runners often get sick after a marathon. Why? Well, after extreme exertion, the body’s cells don't function normally, so they can’t fight off illnesses. There’s a fix! The researchers discovered that a combination of anti-oxidants found in cranberries, green tea and fish oil gets cells back in working order, fast. The conclusion is that eating a diet high in those three things will keep your immune system strong, even if you're not running marathons.
- Our final hot tip from the research lab is for your hair. The chemical engineers at Fredric Fekkai, a cosmetics company, figured out how to cut down on buildup caused by styling products. One day a test subject was trying to wash a new styling product out of her hair, and by accident she put conditioner in first. Then she went back and washed with shampoo. It turns out, her hair was cleaner! The researchers realized that the conditioner actually traps the residue from grime and styling products, allowing the shampoo to wash everything away. So instead of wash, rinse, repeat. It should be condition, wash, condition.