The Art of Snooze Boosting: Take the Sleep Quiz!

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Consistently getting a great night’s sleep is a game changer when it comes to your overall health. Your weight, ability to fight illnesses, blood pressure, and a boat load of other health factors are directly impacted by your sleep patterns. So, if you aren’t a solid sleeper, it’s time to get back on track.

To help you out, we have a “Sleep Quiz” that can identify some of the usual sleep destroyers. If you have a hard time getting a restful eight hours on a consistent basis, take this quiz, and when you answer “No,” think about adjusting your behavior. With a few tweaks, you’ll be sleeping like a baby.

  1. I wake up at about the same time each morning. □ Yes   □ No
  2. I exercise most days of the week. □ Yes   □ No
  3. I exercise earlier in the day, or at least three hours before bed time. □ Yes   □ No
  4. I avoid stimulants such as caffeine, energy drinks, and certain medications after noon. □ Yes   □ No
  5. I eat a small, low-fat evening meal. □ Yes   □ No
  6. I don’t eat right before bedtime, usually at least two or three hours before bedtime. □ Yes   □ No
  7. In the evening I avoid large portions, high-fat or spicy foods, or other foods that trigger heartburn. □ Yes   □ No
  8. I drink most of my fluids during the day and before dinner. □ Yes   □ No
  9. I limit alcohol to special occasions. I don’t use alcohol to help me sleep. □ Yes   □ No
  10. I do a strength training exercise routine at least two times per week. □ Yes   □ No
  11. I do yoga or other gentle stretches in the evening. □ Yes   □ No
  12. I turn off all my electronic screens, and dim the lights at least one hour before bed time. □ Yes   □ No
  13. I take time to meditate or just sit quietly each evening. □ Yes   □ No

If you have any other tips to get a great night’s sleep, we’d love to hear them! Just post them in our comments, and we’ll share them with the world.

Happy snoozing!

The Return of Weird Wellness Trivia

Here we go again! Is there anything more fun than random wellness trivia? Nope. If it’s your first time taking one of our wellness quizzes, just take the quiz, check your answers below, and see if you’re a wellness wiz!

1) Most fast food restaurants use three distinct colors in their advertising because they stimulate hunger. Can you name those three colors?  


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2) Which age group requires the most sleep?

  • Teenagers (13-19)
  • Adults (25-55)
  • Seniors (55 and older)

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3) What is the lowest SPF level somebody should use to effectively prevent sunburns?

  • 2
  • 15
  • 30
  • 50

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4) Cruciferous vegetables are widely considered to be the healthiest vegetables people can eat. Which of the following is a cruciferous vegetable?

  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower

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5) Pepper is the top-selling spice in the world, what comes in second?

  • Mustard
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne
  • Paprika

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1) Red, Yellow, and Orange. Believe it or not, psychologists firmly believe that warm colors stimulate hunger in your brain. Crazy science!

2) Teenagers. Since teens are growing and developing at a rapid rate, most doctors believe that teens need almost as much sleep as an infant. So if you think your teen is being lazy by sleeping in, cut them some slack.

3) SPF 15. SPF 15. A sunscreen of SPF 15 blocks about 93% of UBV rays which is usually enough to prevent burning. A sunscreen of SPF 30 blocks about 97%. The benefits of using anything above SPF 30 are miniscule.

4) Cauliflower. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy are other cruciferous veggies, also known as “Super Veggies.”

5) Mustard. Ok, so this isn’t really wellness related, but we thought it was a really cool trivia question. It’s food related, so why not!?

QUIZ: Myths vs. Facts; How Much Do You Know about the Affordable Care Act?

Question-MarkWith so much information swirling around the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), we wanted to test your knowledge. Take our quiz and see if you know can tell what’s true and what’s a myth.

  1. MYTH or FACT? The Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the same thing.
  2. MYTH or FACT? The Affordable Care Act is no longer a law. It was overturned or repealed.
  3. MYTH or FACT? “I don’t need to worry about getting health insurance. I’ll have Obamacare next year.”
  4. MYTH or FACT? All preventive care services are covered for Americans, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.
  5. MYTH or FACT? I can’t be turned down for coverage anymore, so I can sign up for health insurance after I get hurt (or sick) because of Obamacare.
  6. MYTH or FACT? All exchanges are run by the federal government.
  7. MYTH or FACT? If you don’t get health insurance in 2014, you’ll probably face a tax penalty.


  1. Fact. The Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the same thing.
  2. Myth. The Affordable Care Act is in fact still law and implementation began in 2010.
  3. Myth. The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to obtain health insurance; it doesn’t automatically provide health insurance.
  4. Myth. Preventive care services are covered only after you obtain health insurance. If you’re already covered through an employer, that counts; you don’t need to seek additional coverage.
  5. Myth. You have to sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period (now until March 31, 2014). If something happens outside of the enrollment period, you won’t be able to enroll immediately. If you miss the open enrollment period, odds are, you won’t be able to enroll again until October of next year.
  6. Myth. States can establish their own exchange (Cover Oregon and Your Health Idaho, for example). The federal government’s marketplace,, is in place for states that don’t create their own exchange marketplace models.
  7. Fact. If you didn’t enroll in coverage in 2014, you’ll probably see a tax penalty when you file your return. To learn more about how the Affordable Care Act will impose those penalties, check out this quick video.


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