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Research has found that checking your e-mail before you go to bed can impact how well you sleep that night. The light from your computer monitor right before bed can totally reboot your wake/sleep cycle and make it harder for you to get the good night’s sleep your body needs.

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Verb: Caterwaul  (KAT-er-wawl) Definition: 1. To make a harsh cry. 2. To protest or complain noisily. Sample sentence: The toddler will caterwaul for at least five minutes when she is put in her bed for a nap.

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Noun: Muliebrity  (myoo-lee-EB-ruh-tee) Definition: Feminitity Sample sentence: She is a motherly figure,  but motherly in a way that allows too for muliebrity.

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Brushing your teeth isn’t just vital for good dental hygiene. It can also help you stay heart smart. A study performed by the British Medical Journal found that if you forget to brush your teeth twice a day, you can raise your risk of heart disease by 70%. So be sure to keep your pearly […]

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Adjective: Sesquipedalian  (sess-kwuh-puh-DAIL-yun) Definition: 1. Having many syllables: long. 2. Using long words. Sample sentence: Jacob’s editor advised him to do away with much of the sesquipedalian prose he favored and opt for simpler words that would reach readers of all ages and backgrounds.

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Snoring is very common and harmless for almost all of us. But, for some people it might be a symptom of a sleep disorder. If you snore loudly with long pauses between snores, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. If this describes your snoring, you should see your doctor.

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Verb: Requite  (rih-KWYTE) Definition: 1. To make return for: repay. 2. To make retaliation for: avenge. 3. To make suitable return to for a benefit or service or for an injury. Sample sentence: Beautiful but cruel, Maude would requite Sydney’s love with scorn and treachery.

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If you ever find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and unable to fall back to sleep within 15 minutes, don’t stay in bed. Get up and do something relaxing until you feel ready to sleep again. Doing so is actually more helpful than just lying in bed.

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Noun: Milieu  (meel-YOO) Definition: The physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops: environment. Sample sentence: The quiet suburban neighborhood is within walking distance of the elementary school and provides the perfect milieu for raising a family.

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When you eat, remember that feeling full is based on volume, not the total number of calories you’ve taken in. So to fill up without piling on the pounds, try eating foods that are high in water like fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins.

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