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Here’s What Showering At Night Does To Your Body

Many people prefer showering in the morning as way to wake up and face the new day. Others, though, prefer washing that day down the drain before they climb into a nice warm, clean bed for the night.

If you’re wondering whether or not one is better than the other when it comes to your health, Dr. Dianne Augelli of the Center for Sleep Medicine at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center says yes – as long as you shower at exactly the right time.

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Basically, you need to give yourself a bit of a buffer zone between hopping out of the shower and sliding between the sheets.

“You don’t want to heat yourself up right before bed. Cooling down is a signal that tells us we’re supposed to go to sleep.”

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Since body temperature is one of the key factors that dictates circadian rhythm, a hot shower immediately before bed could actually serve to wake you up rather than the opposite.

Experts recommend taking that shower (or bath) about an hour or hour-and-a-half before you want to crawl into bed, which should give you ample time to cool down.

If you do opt for a nighttime shower, research shows you’ll reap benefits like boosting the effects of your creams and moisturizers, clearing up breakouts, and even wrinkle prevention.

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There are also benefits to showering in the morning – it’s a mood and energy-booster for sure – so maybe the answer is one of each.

You know, if you can afford the water bill.

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8 Facts About The Infamous Miranda Warning

We’ve all watched enough cop shows on television to have memorized at least the first part of the Miranda warning – the part where a cop is shoving a criminal into the back of a cop car, handcuffed, and informing them that they have the right to remain silent, and the right to an attorney, and that anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law.

What does the rest of the warning say, though? And what are your rights?

Well, we’ve got 8 must-know facts for you below!

8. They don’t apply to undercover officers.

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Illinois v. Perkins protects police working undercover by not requiring them to advise people of their Miranda rights before asking questions.

Four years earlier, offender Lloyd Perkins confided to John Parisi – who he thought was a fellow inmate, but who was really a cop – about a murder he had committed.

Perkins was convicted, despite his attorneys attempting to throw out the confession as Parisi had not given Perkins his Miranda rights. The Supreme Court sided with law enforcement, stating that there is a distinction between deception and coercion.

7. The script came from a California district attorney.

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Assistant Attorney General Doris H. Maier and Nevada County District Attorney Harold Berliner were the ones who turned a general rule of informing suspects of their rights into a formal script.

Here’s what emerged:

You have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
You have the right to talk to a lawyer and have him present with you while you are being questioned.
If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, one will be appointed to represent you before any questioning, if you wish one.
Do you understand each of these rights I have explained to you?
Having these rights in mind, do you wish to talk to us now?

Berliner, who also owned a printing business on the side, made up easy-to-carry vinyl cards and sent them to law enforcement agencies around the country.

6. They do apply to interrogations that happen outside police custody.

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John J. Fellers won a case at the Supreme Court after two cops questioned him at his home about his drug problems, without reading him his rights, before taking him into custody and charging him.

The Court clarified that Miranda rights begin with official questioning, not at arrest.

5. It entered the public consciousness on Dragnet.

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Actor/producer Jim Webb was a stickler for procedural accuracy, including the Miranda warning in the popular NBC show when it was revived in 1967.

4. If you’re deaf, you just get a lawyer.

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Training material recommends officers not question deaf suspects until a lawyer and translator present because they need to be sure the suspect understands their rights.

They don’t feel that a written version, or depending solely on sign language or lip reading is appropriate.

3. Some border states add this line:

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This is especially important for foreigners.

“If you are not a United States citizen, you may contact your country’s consulate prior to any questioning.”

2. It doesn’t apply to simple traffic stops.

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You don’t get a Miranda warning, even if the officer is asking you questions.

The Supreme Court ruled in Berkemer v. McCarty that the advisement of rights only applies when a suspect was in custody.

1. There’s an exemption for public safety.

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In New York v. Quarles, the Supreme Court created a public safety exemption for situations “in which police officers ask questions reasonably prompted by a concern for the public safety.”

Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote “We conclude that the need for answers to questions in a situation posing a threat to the public safety outweighs the need for the prophylactic rule protecting the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.”

More recently, police have been using this exemption in terrorist cases.

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better prepared for the inevitability of my eventual arrest!

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Can A Chilly Dip Could Help You Ward Off Dementia?

The prospect of dementia is a scary one, and it’s a disease that affects so many of our family and friends – which might be why there’s so much research that goes into finding ways to combat it.

Most recently, a team from Cambridge University found that people who regularly swim outdoors in the winter had elevated levels of a protein that plays a key role in forming brain healthy connections.

The protein in question has been found to help protect the brain against other neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, too.

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Professor Giovanna Mallucci, the Associate Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute, talked about the results in an online lecture.

Researchers have known for some time that the process of forming new synapses declines over time, and also that this process can be influenced by temperature. Hibernating mammals, for example, experience a loss of synapses when they sleep through the winter, but they are restored upon awakening in the spring.

A previous paper, published in Nature, revealed that a “cold shock” protein in the brain – RBM3 – is responsible.

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In mice, exposure to freezing temperatures caused a loss of synapses, but their RBM3 levels skyrocketed as they warmed up, allowing them to form healthy new ones.

Researchers then measured RBM3 levels in a group of outdoor swimming enthusiasts, all of whom became mildly hypothermic during their chilly dips.

When compared to a group of non-swimmers, the ones who swam in cold water had higher levels of RBM3 in their blood, leading to the belief that hypothermic conditions does trigger the release of this key protein in humans, too.

This foundation is exciting and strong, but without peer-reviewed research or other, similar findings, we can’t say for sure that taking winter dips in the water will keep your brain healthy for years to come.

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Also, letting yourself get too cold, or wandering too far down the path to hypothermia, can be deadly. So please be safe until scientists are sure it’s something that works.

The good news for those of us how HATE being cold? If the RBM3 protein is shown to help regenerate synapses, we’ll likely see the development of drugs that can help stimulate the desired responses without having to go swimming in the freezing water to kick off the reaction.

 

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How Playing Outdoors Can Help Your Child Ward Off Pesky Viruses

When Gen Xers and Millennials were kids, playing outside wasn’t much of an option. That’s just what you did.

Well, it turns out that moms forcing them out into the sunshine might have led to some serious benefits to our immune systems.

According to recent findings reported in Science Advances, letting your kids play outside in natural environments for just one month can lead to a more effective immune system.

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The researchers involved studied 75 children between the ages of 3 and 5, watching to see how environmental changes altered their skin and gut microbiota. They also tracked immune markers in their blood.

A natural environment includes no gravel, concrete, or plastic playthings but does require open spaces, trees, earth, and grasses.

The microbiota of the kids with the new, natural outdoor spaces had shifted completely, and featured a higher ratio of the anti-inflammatory proteins to pro-inflammatory proteins in their blood, indicating their immune system was improving.

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Dr. Aki Sinkkonen, one of the study authors, elaborated in a statement.

“We were surprised that the findings were so clear even though we did not get as many participants as we had hoped.”

If you’re wondering why the microbiota of these kids was so important, and so telling, it’s because they have a huge impact on our wider health.

The trillion of microorganisms that live on and inside us can influence our risks of certain diseases, food cravings, mental health, and sometimes even our personalities.

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What this study seems to prove is that our surroundings and lifestyles can play a huge role in the richness and diversity of bacteria in our bodies, and that’s not typically a bad thing.

So,  go camping, take hikes, go skiing or swim in a lake – the more natural environments you can expose your littles (and yourself!) to, the better off everyone will be in the long run!

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Woman Got Angry When Her Driver Wouldn’t Fall for a Rideshare “Name Scam”

If you happen to drive for Uber or Lyft, you might want to pay close attention to this article and what happened.

This video shows a woman getting into a vehicle for a Lyft ride and demanding that the driver say her name…and he doesn’t take the bait.

The woman gets angry and calls the driver a “piece of s**t”, slams the door, and leaves.

People who saw the video talked about how this situation could have happened for a few different reasons.

One was that the woman might have been trying to confirm she was getting into the correct vehicle.

An Uber driver who scams. He pretended to have waited to pick up a client, which he did not do. His name is a David, an Uber driver with the following registrations: FL84CCGP a blue Toyota Corolla. Please be careful pic.twitter.com/sovJTPGQFm

— Zweli (@iYaneZwel) August 9, 2021

But another person said the driver is at a disadvantage when they drive.

Actually that’s not how it works, as a rider you have all the info on the driver. Picture, car type, tag #. The drivers have nothing. Sometimes not even a name because Uber allows fake user names such as “Jesus Christ” “Big Daddy” and so on.

— Awwcool (@Awwcool1) January 10, 2020

And the same person added that this could have been a way for the woman to scam a ride and not have to pay her fare.

Not really because that’s the way the scam works, I say the riders name, the person says yes and when they get in the car they say they’ve changed their mind to change address and they’ve just stole your Uber. Sticking you with the fare. You report, Uber takes fare from driver.

— Awwcool (@Awwcool1) January 12, 2020

Other commenters argued that maybe the woman wasn’t looking for a free ride but just wanted to stir up some drama…

Hmmmmm…

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How To Identify And Eradicate That Pesky Household Pest: Silverfish

I’m not a person who is squeamish about bugs, but I also don’t care for silverfish.

That said, most of us will encounter them in our homes at one time or another, so let’s take a minute to learn more about these insects who insist on sharing our abodes, shall we?

First, Doug Webb, a manager at Terminix, says there’s some good news. Even though they look disgusting, they’re not dangerous to you, your family, or your home, says Doug Webb, a manager at Terminix.

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Here’s what he had to say,

“Silverfish like to chew on things, especially paper or fabrics that may have starch or sugar residues embedded in them, such as wallpaper with the starch-based glue that was used to hold it place.

Another example would be clothing that has been starched.

Silverfish chew on the fabric to get the starch, but in the process damage the fabric.”

We used to see them in books, but since bindings have moved from glues using animal by products to more modern alternatives, not so much.

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These tiny, quick insects have been scuttling around for more 400 million years and have barely changed, says Scott Hodges, VP of technical services with Arrow Exterminators.

“They are impressive survivors which may explain why they have had little need to evolve. Some sources claim they can live up to 6 months without food or water so long as they have one or the other.”

So why are they named silverfish?

Webb explains,

“The common name ‘silverfish’ comes from the fact that they are gray to silver in color and wiggle as they run in a manner that looks like a fish swimming.”

In more troubling news, they shed their skins, so you may have been stepping on those, too.

Silverfish are tough to find and exterminate, but as they have no redeeming qualities as far as the planet or our lives, there’s no reason to leave them alone.

First, try getting rid of junk lying about, keep your clothes hung and clean, and your carpets vacuumed.

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If you hire a professional, they will go through your home to first identify any food sources, like starch residue or food spillage from grains, pasta, or cereal. They will also advise you to reduce humidity in your home wherever and whenever possible.

Personally, I hope to never have to put these bits of knowledge to the test, but home ownership makes it seem inevitable at some point!

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