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Can’t Sleep? Study Shows That Your Pets May Be the Perfect ‘Sleeping Pills’

In a world where people work at all hours, it’s getting harder to get high-quality sleep — but your pets may be the answer to your bedtime woes.

We live in a world that often seems like it never sleeps. There’s always something going on. That’s probably why many of us have disrupted sleeping patterns. Many people also complain that they can’t get a good night’s sleep.

A study done by the well-respected Mayo Clinic in Arizona proves that your pets — specifically, dogs — may prove to be the best remedy for insomnia. The researchers tracked the progress of 40 healthy adults with no sleep disorders and their dogs. Both the people and their dogs wore tracking devices that took note of their sleep patterns. The data gathering covered five months.

The presence of pets already have a calming effect on their owners.

The study’s participants could be categorized into three groups. There were people who didn’t let their dogs into their bedrooms and let them sleep elsewhere in the house. Some people let their dogs sleep inside their bedroom. Other let their dogs get into bed with them.

In her article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Najja Parker noted:

“After analyzing the results, the researchers found out that those who kept their dogs in their bedroom experienced better quality of sleep, compared to those whose dogs slept in other parts of the house.”

Interestingly enough, those who let their pets get in bed with them didn’t sleep so well.

This is the prescribed setup for pet-induced sleep.

The researchers emphasized:

“The sleep benefit only applies to having dogs in your bedroom — not in your bed.”

In a Metro feature by Ellen Scott, the study’s lead author Dr. Lois Krahn explained why pets had the same effect as sleeping pills. For one, she said that the pet owners got a sense of comfort and security because their dogs were nearby.

She also added,

“Many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day So they want to maximize their time with them when they are home. Having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to do that.”

It's cute but this isn’t the ideal scenario for health experts.

Then again, she pointed out that while it’s great to have the pets in the bedroom, it was not advisable for them to be actually in bed with you. The Metro article noted: “Cats and dogs like to move around and fidget, which can end up disrupting your sleep.” Moreover, medical experts say, being too close to your pet may lead to health risks. Thus, it’s best to keep a healthy distance. Being in the same room already works.

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Five Nurses Suspended After Admiring A Dead Patient’s Genitals

WTF! This is totally inappropriate!

Five nurses in the United States were in hot waters when they were heard making malicious comments about a dead patient's genitals. The nurses, who work at the Denver Health Medical Center in Colorado, received a three-week suspension.

The said incident reportedly happened between March 31 and April 3, during which the nurses inappropriately viewed a dead patient's body and talked about it. The incident remained unreported until May 8.

One of the nurses even opened the body bag and made sexual comments about the size of the patient's genitals.

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There’s a New Type of Chocolate in Town and It’s in Millennial Pink Shade

It’s officially called ‘ruby chocolate.’

When we think of chocolate, we think of three main types: milk, dark, and white. Of course, there are other variants with different flavors mixed into them, but these three have always been the basic options. Now, there's one more type of chocolate to add to the list: ruby.

Ruby chocolate is the real deal because it uses no artificial coloring or flavoring to achieve its natural millennial pink color and slightly fruity taste. This new type of chocolate comes 80 years after the creation of white chocolate.

Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s largest cocoa processor, has come up with the first new natural color for chocolate in 80 years.

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Diver Becomes Like a Human Balloon After Surfacing From The Ocean Too Fast

This diver suffers from decompression sickness, or commonly called “the bends.”

Alejandro Ramos Martinez of Peru is an experienced diver who makes a living by descending to the depths of the ocean and going for some fresh catch. But one day, he made a mistake of surfacing rather too quickly, which left him looking like a balloon.

Martinez’s body swelled up during the diving accident from four years ago. As a result, he is now suffering from a condition called decompression sickness, also known as “the bends.” This happens when a diver rises from the depths too fast, causing dissolved nitrogen in the body to form large sacs that adhere to the muscles.

Alejandro Ramos Martinez’s diving accident left him looking deformed.

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