How to Power-Nap Like a Pro

Nodding off during an important work meeting, snoring through a boring lecture, riding the subway to the end of the line after falling asleep on the ride home — these things happen. But avoid being "that" person by adding nap time to that daily routine. Seriously: Catching some (planned) midday Zzz’s can refresh and rejuvenate. Are You Down With REM? — What It Is 17 Science-Backed Ways to Bust Out of a Workout Rut 15 Must-Read Trainers Rocking the Web in 2013 32 Workouts to Get Fit at Every Fitness Level Learn the lingo: A power nap is just a fancy term for any sort of short nap designed to recharge the sleep-deprived. Studies show getting more sleep can lower risk for a handful of health problems from high blood pressure to obesity and diabetes. Plus, napping has been known to enhance creative thinking, improve memory, and aid with learning — so perhaps it's time we take a cue from kindergarteners. The ideal length for a power nap varies from person to person, but somewhere bet..

Stop the Self-Sabotage! The Surprising Places Where People Overindulge

It's not just the holidays; everyday plans get in the way of healthy eating goals on a regular basis. At this point, you probably realize that late-night calls to your favorite fast-food joint and sugar-laden coffee drinks need to be an occasional indulgence. What you might not realize is how easy it is to rack up the calories during common day-to-day activities. Brunch with friends: You head to the table with the best intentions, but if you don't stay strong, then they're dead upon arrival. There's no reason to give up this weekend ritual, but skip the sweet offerings, ask for healthy substitutions, and most importantly, don't overdo it on mimosas and Bloody Marys. Avoid tacking on unneeded calories and sugar to your meal by thinking things through before placing your order. Be smart about your choices, and remember: you don't want to be left in a food coma, forced to blow off your afternoon plans. Read more at POPSUGAR: Eat When You're Bored? 4 Way..

Hey, Sleepyhead! How to Be a Morning Person

Getty Images At 6 am, we're lucky if we have the energy to reach for a cup of coffee. Mornings may be rough for some of us, but hold off on sleeping in: There are perks to waking up with the sun. (And we have some tips to make it easier, too!). (Check It: How to Never Be Late Again) Snooze and lose: The need-to-know The old "I'm just too tired" complaint may be more than a sorry excuse for waking up late. Research suggests there are biological differences between early larks, who wake up at the same time every morning and feel most active around 9 am, and night owls, who get more sh!t done once the sun goes down. One survey found more than half of Americans fall into the morning category, saying they're at their "personal best" from 5 am to 12 pm. And it may get easier to greet the day at dawn as we get older, thanks to body clock changes as we age. It turns out the early bird may get more than the worm. According to self-reports from college students, those who wake up ..