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SEE for Yourself on Monday

SEE Tip: Sleep helps you process all the information you’re learning! See for yourself and go to bed early one night this week. A study at Harvard Medical School demonstrates that sleep within 30 hours of learning new information or a new activity is absolutely required for improved performance. Subjects who were tested only a few hours later and subjects who were sleep deprived the next night did worse on the test than those who slept normally following the activity. Stickgold, R., James, L., Hobson, J.A. Visual discrimination learning requires sleep after training. Nature Neuroscience. Dec2000, Vol. 3 Issue 12, p1237.

Quit Tip from HKB: Keep smoking and your may be exposed to disturbing images along with the unhealthy smoke. The FDA has unveiled some pretty graphic warning labels they intend to start putting on cigarette packs to discourage smoking. The US will join 39 other countries that now require large, graphic depictions of smoking’s effects. You may be aware of the risks and dangers, but soon they could be more in your face than ever! Want to quit? Join HKB for the Great American Smokeout on-campus Wednesday and Thursday!

Mellow Out Monday: If ever you find yourself spacing out in class, take that time to check in with yourself. While in class or waiting for it to begin, notice any tension in your body (jaw, neck, shoulders). Breathe deeply and gently stretch and relax any tense areas. Roll your neck, arch your back- you may snap to it feeling better! You can also let Stressbusters melt your stress away. FREE 5-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.

Minimize Monday: Winter is just around the corner, and it’s almost time to turn start turning up your thermostat. While heating a home requires a great deal of energy, you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses by winterizing. One little known way to save energy and to reduce heating costs during the winter is to rotate your ceiling fan blades in the clockwise direction. Using the fan in this manner pushes warm heated air back down into the house where you are. By doing this, you will feel warmer, and eliminate the urge to crank up the heat. For more information on living green, visit The Daily Green.

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