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Comparing Sleep Habits Across The World

How much sleep you get and the quality of your sleep is important. Also, take a look at how your sleep stacks up against other countries.

Sometimes it seems like everybody is busy all the time. Which probably means that a lot of us aren’t getting enough sleep. But we don’t always get a chance to understand exactly why sleep is so important and what other people’s sleep patterns are like on average.

The benefits of sleep are always being further discovered, but we know that it is very important to helping keep our stress levels low as well as preventing those extra pounds for accumulating around the gut. Not getting enough sleep is correlated with Alzheimer’s and other ailments. Author Deepak Chopra says seven to eight hours of good sleep a night is “absolutely essential” for good health:

Even if you have difficulties getting a good night’s sleep — insomnia is a known issue for many — there are certain strategies that some say are helpful. Eating cherries for instance, can help you fall asleep faster, because they are rich in the hormone melatonin which is critical for regulating sleep patterns. Additionally, foods rich in magnesium or combinations of proteins and carbohydrates just before bed have been proven sleep aids.

TIME magazine released an interesting and interactive piece about how people in various countries sleep. The Spanish for instance, are notorious for having late bedtimes, but it looks as though their habit of waking up later at least partially makes up for the night owl habits in terms of sleep length.

Another fascinating aspect of the piece is that the results are broken out by gender. For example, American men are the earliest risers out of anyone studied. And while American women also rise early, they come behind Danish women and Belgian women. You can even find out where you fit into their data by inputting your sleep and wake times. What’s your sleep profile?

The “new normal” paradox: What COVID-19 has revealed about higher education

Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

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  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
  • COVID-19 has forced institutions to understand that far too many higher education outcomes are determined by a student's family income, and in the context of COVID-19 this means that lower-income students, first-generation students and students of color will be disproportionately afflicted.
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Climate change melts Mount Everest's ice, exposing dead bodies of past climbers

Melting ice is turning up bodies on Mt. Everest. This isn't as shocking as you'd think.

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  • Mt. Everest is the final resting place of about 200 climbers who never made it down.
  • Recent glacial melting, caused by climate change, has made many of the bodies previously hidden by ice and snow visible again.
  • While many bodies are quite visible and well known, others are renowned for being lost for decades.
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Creativity: The science behind the madness

Human brains evolved for creativity. We just have to learn how to access it.

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  • An all-star cast of Big Thinkers—actors Rainn Wilson and Ethan Hawke; composer Anthony Brandt; neuroscientists David Eagleman, Wendy Suzuki, and Beau Lotto; and psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman—share how they define creativity and explain how our brains uniquely evolved for the phenomenon.
  • According to Eagleman, during evolution there was an increase in space between our brain's input and output that allows information more time to percolate. We also grew a larger prefrontal cortex which "allows us to simulate what ifs, to separate ourselves from our location in space and time and think about possibilities."
  • Scott Barry Kaufman details 3 brain networks involved in creative thinking, and Wendy Suzuki busts the famous left-brain, right-brain myth.

New study explores how to navigate 'desire discrepancies' in long term relationships

With the most common form of female sexual dysfunction impacting 1 in 10 women, this important study dives into how to keep a relationship going despite having different needs and wants in the bedroom.

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  • A new study highlights the difficulties faced by women who struggle with decreased sexual desire, and explains how to navigate desire discrepancies in long-term relationships.
  • Hypoactive sexual desire disorder is one of the most common forms of female sexual dysfunction, impacting an estimated 1 in 10 women.
  • Finding other ways to promote intimacy in your relationship is one of the keys to ensuring happiness on both sides.
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