Can you “catch” stress from people around you?

If you’ve ever felt like you’ve caught a bad mood from someone, it probably wasn’t your imagination.

 

A couple weeks ago I came across a study that looked into this, and I was fascinated because it’s something I’ve personally experienced (and chances are you have, too).

 

Have you ever been in the middle of a great day, and then you run into someone who is totally stressed out, angry or worried? And then before you know it, you’re knocked out of your good mood and are suddenly feeling stressed and agitated, too?

 

Scientists recently found that the brain changes associated with stress are actually contagious and can “infect” others. After the stressor is removed, females are better able to reverse those brain changes, while males have a tougher time with it.

 

This particular study (which was published in the medical journal Nature Neuroscience) was done on mice so obviously more investigation needs to be done on...

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Here’s why you’re always hungry

I came across some interesting numbers the other day that I had to share with you. If you’re feeling tired, you are NOT alone!

 

Did you know that we’re getting less sleep than ever? Almost 60 years ago, a survey of more than 1 million people found that most people got 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night.

 

By 2000, that number dropped to about 7 hours a night. And now almost 20 years later, sleep experts say we’re sleeping even less – with many of us only 5 to 6 hours a night!

 

Woah! That’s a big drop in a short period of time.

 

I guess it’s not surprising that energy drinks are so popular, right? But “powering through” on too little sleep is not a good idea for the long-term health of your body.

 

The fact is, you don’t have to wait to feel the impact of too little sleep on your hormones. You might be feeling it today!

 

There are two major hormone “pathways” that take a big hit when...

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