Do you regularly cheat yourself out of a few hours of sleep just to prove to your friends, family and co-workers that you're an early-bird-getting-the-worm kind of person? Aside from the questionable nutritional benefits of those night crawlers, the Chicago Tribune reports that you may be increasing your risk of developing early diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders.
A study conducted by the University of Chicago suggests that even an average of eight hours of sleep a night—the long-standing recommendation—may not be enough. The study recommends between nine and nine-and-one-half hours as optimal. Good night.
Boxers or Briefs?
The thinking used to go that if a woman is trying to get pregnant, her husband should slip into boxers because briefs were thought to retain sperm-harming heat. Well, banish that thought and unpack those tidy whities, says Self magazine. Researchers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook found that scrotal temperatures for brief-wearing men were so similar to those of their boxer-loving buddies that the choice of undergarments really doesn't matter.
Multiple Choice Romance
Dying for a romantic outing, but tired of being the one who takes the initiative and makes the decisions? The Romantic newsletter suggests sending your mate an invitation for a date. However, instead of outlining the specifics, make your indecisive spouse chart the course by giving him or her multiple selections to choose from. Here's a sample:1