6 Things You Need To Know Today (November 30, 2017)

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1. When it comes to sleep, this one idea is a game-changer.

For those of us who struggle to get adequate sleep every night, instead of thinking about sleep in black-and-white terms (i.e., "I have to sleep for X hours tonight, so I’m not tired tomorrow"), we should consider the idea of "sleep opportunity"—which is totally in our control. The key is setting ourselves up for sleep by getting into bed and turning out the lights at least eight hours before we plan to wake up. (The Cut)

2. Climate change now goes by a different name.

Due to the current administration's lack of action on climate change, U.S. scientists appear to be intentionally leaving the term "climate change" out of grants in an attempt to get more funding. An NPR analysis of grants awarded by the National Science Foundation found a decreasing number with this phrase and a slight increase in the term "extreme weather." (NPR)

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3. Bobbi Brown intermittent fasts, too.

In a detailed post about how she gets it all done, world-famous makeup artist Bobbi Brown admitted that intermittent fasting is part of her routine. "I’m intermittent fasting a little these days. It helps my digestion and it gives me more energy," she says. (The Cut)

4. Is guilt a good thing?

According to new research, a little guilt can actually be a good thing. It's an emotion that's very similar to empathy and relies on really feeling where other people are coming for, traits that generally serve people well in life. The trick is to not get bogged down in it: "Feeling a little bad about it can motivate us, but retrospectively ruminating about where we’ve fallen short or being paralyzed by that tends not to be productive and tends to be really psychologically painful and harmful," explains a doctor involved in the study. (NYT)

5. Want to lower your risk of dementia? It might be time to tie the knot.

According to a new study, people who have been single all their lives have a 42 percent greater chance of developing dementia than people who are married, while people who are widowed have a 20 percent higher risk. Before you run out and find a last-minute spouse, though, note that the researchers hypothesize the relationship to be correlative, not causative. "Our research suggests that the possible protective effect is linked to various lifestyle factors which are known to accompany marriage, such as living a generally healthier lifestyle and having more social stimulation as a result of living with a spouse or partner," they noted. (CNN)

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6. Scientists are making breakthroughs in treating patients with genes therapy.

Gene therapy, or an experimental technique that uses genes to treat disease, is currently being used to help patients who, even just a few years ago, had no options. There's still a lot more to learn about their safety and efficacy, but so far it looks promising. (NPR)

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