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

— 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…


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KITH’s Upcoming New Balance Sneakers Are a Trip Down Memory Lane

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Good things come in fours for New Balance & Ronnie Fieg‘s KITH, especially when it’s four sneaker collabs.

While model Lono Brazil and actor Giancarlo Esposito effortlessly carried the Summer ’22 collection, the New York-based brand also snuck in shots of its upcoming New Balance sneaker collabs in the lookbook, including the 990v1, 990v2, 9990v3, and 990v4 models.

Though KITH celebrated its 10th anniversary in November 2021, clearly, Ronnie Fieg isn’t done reminiscing. Basically, Fieg takes OG KITH fans down memory lane through nods to past New Balance collab colorways with the forthcoming sneakers.

Recently debuted by Fieg himsef, the 990v2 sneaker references the collaborative New Balance 997.5 “Cyclades” color scheme flow for flow, taking on the 2015 shoe’s Mykonos-inspired aquatic blue, sandy beige, and neon orange hues.

Meanwhile, the 990v4 basically brings back a remake of a classic colorway, channeling the hues of the 2018 KITH x UNITED ARROWS & SONS x New Balance 997 — aka an homage to the iconic 2009 United Arrows x New Balance 997.5 sneakers (a shoe that went triple platinum in Ye‘s pre-YEEZY daily rotation).

Then, where have I seen the KITH x New Balance 990v3‘s navy blue, light grey, and beige (can’t forget the pops of pink) before? Oh yeah, the exact colorway appeared on the brand’s 2013 New Balance 1600 “Daytona” sneaker, inspired by Fieg’s escapes to Daytona Beach.

Though it doesn’t reference a past colorway, per se, the “Dusty Rose” 990v1s indeed possess a sense of familiarity through its pastel hue.

It’s no secret that KITH enjoys the faded pink shade of its muted color story, incorporating the delicate pigment in its 2020 “Dusty Rose” 990v2 and RC_1300 collabs.

Forget waiting till the next milestone anniversary. Fieg’s celebrating KITH’s history as we speak, referencing defying colorways that distinguished KITH as a brand and played a vital role in one of its most game-changing friendships with New Balance.

As of now, there’s no release date for any of these upcoming KITH x New Balance kicks, but with campaign appearances like this, I suspect we’ll be getting them very soon.


Salvation Army Claps Back at Balenciaga’s Paris Sneaker

Salvation Army has hijacked the release of Balenciaga‘s controversial Paris sneaker, an intentionally tattered and torn high-top, with a PR stunt of its own.

The international charity just launched “Truly Destroyed,” a website and fundraising initiative spotlighting threadbare shoes that once belonged to houseless folks — footwear that looks uncomfortably similar to Balenciaga’s $1,850 sneakers.

Mimicking the design of Balenciaga’s website and campaign imagery, Truly Destroyed invites viewers to “discover the collection,” a range of dirty, yellowing shoes priced at €1,450. Each “product page” boasts details including “painful fit,” “detached sole,” and “blood residue.” Visitors are prompted to donate to Salvation Army, which helps provide food, housing, and financial assistance to those living in poverty.

“The fashion world is all about how clothes and shoes look,” said Thamar Keuning, marketing and communications officer at Salvation Army ReShare. “The creativity and variety that comes with it can be wonderful, as is high fashion, or Balenciaga for that matter.

“However, it is also sometimes at odds with what clothing means to most of the people we deal with, and that is purely functional. The destroyed shoes of a homeless person opposite the high-fashion products of this fashion industry literally and symbolically reflect the inequality in the world.”

Creative directors Julio Álvarez and César García clarified that Truly Destroyed isn’t intended as an attack on Balenciaga, nor on creative director Demna Gvasalia.

“We have a lot of respect for Gvasalia’s vision… We understand the fashion world has its codes, and we are not here to judge them,” Álvarez said.

“If anything, we’re thankful they decided to come up with the limited-edition sneakers described as ‘totally destroyed,’ because that’s what sparked our idea: selling used sneakers worn by people living in the streets. Not treated to look destroyed, but truly destroyed, due to their tough life conditions.”

However you interpret Balenciaga’s Paris sneaker and Salvation Army’s response, this isn’t the first (or last) time class, politics, and fashion have intertwined. Take Gen Z’s obsession with Carhartt and Dickies, for example, a taste for workwear traditionally favorited by blue collar workers.

Whatever Balenciaga’s intention was, the Paris sneaker is more than a shoe — it’s a meme, a statement on social class, and a question of appropriation.

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