Why do we say ‘God bless you’ when we sneeze?

Ever since I can remember, I have always responded with a “God bless you,” when I saw someone sneeze. I was told that it was kind and proper to do so without ever understanding why I was being taught to say it. But if you ask a group, why do we say “God bless you,” you … Continue reading “Why do we say ‘God bless you’ when we sneeze?”

Ever since I can remember, I have always responded with a “God bless you,” when I saw someone sneeze. I was told that it was kind and proper to do so without ever understanding why I was being taught to say it. But if you ask a group, why do we say “God bless you,” you are likely to get a number of responses.

There are a few different explanations about the origins of “God bless you,” or in short, “Bless you.” The first dates back to the first century, and is deeply rooted in superstition. Back then, a sneeze was sometimes thought to be the body's way of trying to rid itself of evil spirits. So, in that case, saying “God bless you” was a way to try to provide a protection, or a good luck charm, against the evil spirits leaving or inhabiting the body.

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Others believed that our hearts stop when we sneeze, so we say “God bless you,” as thanks to God, for surviving. Truth is, the intrathoracic pressure in your body momentarily increases when we sneeze. This will decrease the blood’s flow back to the heart, and the heart will compensate for this by altering its normal heart rhythms to momentarily adjust. However, the electrical activity of the heart is not affected during the sneeze.

So how else could this phrase have caught on? Well, the Library of Congress lists one other reason for why we might say “God bless you.” This explanation comes from the Plague of Justinian from 541 AD – 542 AD, which was a pandemic that spread across the Eastern Roman Empire. It's said that Pope Gregory I decreed that anytime a sneeze was heard, the sneezers were to be blessed by saying, “God bless you,” while making the sign of the cross over their mouth as protection against the plague.

The Library of Congress says Pope Gregory, depicted here in a stained-glass  portrait, declared that all who sneeze require a blessing. (iStock)

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Several cultures have a similar response to a sneeze. Some may say “Salud,” which is Spanish for “health,” or “Gesundheit,” which is German for “health.” Others include “Slainte” which is Irish Gaelic for “good health” and “Jeebo,” which in Bengali means “stay alive.”

Victoria’s Secret model trolls In-N-Out Burger with workout videos, gets accused of ‘fat shaming’

Victoria's Secret model Kelly Gale is catching heat and being accused of “fat shaming” for posting videos of herself working out in front of an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in California.

The 23-year-old model posted a since-deleted Instagram story on Wednesday showing herself in a fitness routine outside the burger chain's Monterey location.

The first clip shows Gale inside the restaurant asking “We’re at… In-N-Out? …so I guess I’m having my pear” before taking a bite out of the fruit she brought with her.

Other clips show her outside the restaurant's front door wearing workout gear.

“Who else works out at in n out?” a caption read.

Her workout consisted of jumping rope, deadlifts and leg exercises.

“Not gonna pretend that I eat here guys cause I don’t,” she captioned, in addition to "Hustle for the muscle right?" The video finishes with a friend bringing over a bagful of carrots, celery, baby tomatoes and bell peppers.

The video didn't go over well with some, who accused Gale of fat-shaming customers and her followers.

"Who the hell does @KellyGale_ think she is? How dare you #fatshame others? #kellygale @innoutburger is the best and you can eat whatever you want Ms. Gale but please don’t be so pathetic and unkind to others. #Entitlement is not cute #InNOut," user Khandra Moha tweeted.

"I think it’s pretty obvious @KellyGale_ is having some kind of mental issue and needs some help. Let’s not shame her like she choose to shame others," sissy2014fo tweeted.

"So model #KellyGale stood outside an #InOutBurger place and started shaming people for going to the fast food restaurant. I wish I’d be one of the customers because I would’ve been like: “Work harder! Is that all you got?!” while eating my French fries. Girl, please…," another said.

Gale did have some defenders.

"People getting salty at Kelly Gale for working out outside of an In-N-Out is comical. She’s drawing attention to healthy living, sorry that you’re realizing that stuffing your face with fast (fake) food doesn’t align with that," one user tweeted.

Gale's effort wasn't the first against In-N-Out to face a backlash.

In August, an IN-N-Out burger boycott proposed by then-state Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman of California failed miserably when many of the restaurant's loyal customers objected to the plan and other states tried to lure the company to move its headquarters out of California.

Bauman resigned the party leadership in November amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Why you should skip the workout if you’re hungover, according to experts

If you've overdone it on the cookies and free wine at the Christmas party, you might wake up deciding to hit the gym to make amends. But you'd actually be way better off taking it easy, rather than trying to sweat all that cheap booze out on a treadmill.

Even if you feel OK, heading to the gym after a night of drinking isn't necessarily the best idea. Why not? Because alcohol changes the way your body works so the usual benefits of exercise aren't in place while your body is still trying to process booze.

Keith McNiven, a personal trainer and founder of Right Path Fitness, told The Sun that the concept of "sweating out the alcohol" is a myth we've swallowed hook, line and sinker.

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Here are four reasons why you're better off staying in bed than hitting the gym:

You’re dehydrated

The main cause of a hangover is dehydration, meaning that if you work out without hydrating yourself properly, you can actually make yourself feel worse.

"The alcohol from the night before will have dehydrated your body, and exercise will only exacerbate it," Keith explains. "That can lead to a reduced performance on your part, and depending on how much alcohol you’ve had, odds are also that you still have it in your system the next day — it’ll take you a long time to burn off. (The average person burns off around one unit per hour, depending on circumstances)."

Lucy Arnold, personal trainer and founder of Lucy Locket Loves, agrees and suggests hydrating well before attempting a gym session.

"Alcohol causes the body to lose water and you need to replace that water, especially if you're going to get hot and sweaty," she says."

"Make sure to drink water and get yourself hydrated before even attempting to exercise, if you don’t want to feel worse later in the day."

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You’re at high risk of injury

Keith says to stay away from weightlifting, in particular.

"Your coordination will be off, and depending on your level of dehydration (e.g. if you’re feeling dizzy), you could hurt yourself pretty badly and strain your muscles.

"Stay away from hot exercises too, such as Bikram yoga, and skip the sauna after your session. If you really can’t resist, try a few simple floor exercises, light stretching or swimming, and drink plenty of water throughout the entire day.

"Ideally, just give yourself and your body a day off, and do a few extra reps the day after instead."

HE SAID TAKE A DAY OFF.<br> (iStock)

You can't burn fat or build muscle

"You've got 75 percent less muscle synthesis — so you're not going to build any muscle really… and you've got about 75 percent less fat oxidation too, so you're not going to burn fat either," says Laurence Fountain, founder of Salus London.

Working out on a hangover interrupts the muscle gain and recovery, adds Keith.

"You're not working as hard as you normally would because your body is already focused on getting rid of the alcohol and there's decreased blood flow in your muscles (again, because you're dehydrated)," he says. "You'll burn fewer calories too, because the alcohol is preventing your body from using its natural energy source: glucose."

"While alcohol isn’t stored as fat," Lucy adds, "it blocks fat oxidation which basically accelerated the rate at which your body stores fat as body fat."

And you’re sleep deprived

"On top of all of that, you've got the fact that your sleep quality is always poor after drinking alcohol," Laurence tells the Sun. "Your brainwave cycle is completely different under the influence of alcohol, so you're going to be in a sympathetic state."

That means that the food you eat in the morning won't be in place yet, your amino acid pool is depleted, and you'll be lacking the vital nutrients to function at a reasonable level.

"It's just a really stupid idea." he adds.

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By all means, go on a walk to get some fresh air and get your blood pumping a bit — but there's no point in actively trying to burn fat or build muscle.

Stay hydrated, pop out to the corner store for any beverages or vitamins, and get back into bed.

This story originally appeared in The Sun. Read more content from The Sun here.

‘World’s most modified youth’ has had over 40 procedures to ‘stand out’

A young Australian man who went through more than 40 body modification procedures claims to be “the world’s most modified youth”.

Ethan Bramble from Melbourne, Australia has had a string of body modifications including getting his tongue split, his belly button removed and his eyeballs tattooed black. Bramble, who recently turned 22, has always had a passion for body art and started modifying his body at just 11 years old. He told Barcroft TV: “More or less I just fell in love with the way it looks and how you feel when you walk down the street and you kind of get that sense of empowerment."

With tattoos across his body and face, Bramble says he doesn’t like to put a number on how many individual tattoos he has but says about 75 to 80 percent of his body is entirely covered in ink.

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Bramble estimates that he has spent within the region of $15,000 to $20,000 dollars and the most expensive was getting his eyeballs tattooed. The procedure was very risky “because it can easily go wrong and you can end up being blind".

The most painful procedure Bramble has ever had is getting his tongue split. (Barcroft TV)

He said: “When I got my eyeballs tattooed, my mom couldn’t look at me for like a month without getting tears in her eyes."

The most painful procedure Bramble has ever had is getting his tongue split.

“About seven days after the procedure not being able to talk, eat or drink was tormenting me,” he said. “I had to lay in bed for three or four days.”

Although Bramble says body modification empowers him, his extreme appearance has provoked some negative reactions from the public and online.

“You realize when you look like this that there are going to be certain downsides and not everyone is going to treat you how they should. But it’s nice when people do treat you properly.”

For others, Bramble is a living work of art, covered from head to toe in meaningful words and images.

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Girlfriend Jade Randazzo approves his look but admits that there are few things that she doesn’t like about her partner’s appearance. The couple has been together for six months and met after Bramble already had most of his tattoos and procedures done.

Bramble said he likes the way he looks and has no intention of stepping away from the needle and knife — although he admits there’s not much skin left on which to tattoo or modify.

Next up on his list is inserting silicone into his penis.

He said: “I think genital implants to me is just being very courteous to your partner or the opposite gender."

Claiming he has no regrets with any of the procedures done, Bramble says his appearance hasn’t changed who he is.

He said: “No one wants to live their life not being seen, not being recognized. I like to stand out.”

This story was originally published by News.com.au.

Anorexic sisters hospitalized after modeling agency tells them to ‘lose weight so their cheekbones were visible’

Twin schoolgirl sisters have ended up in intensive care with anorexia after being told to "lose weight so their cheekbones were visible" by a modeling agency.

Doctors are doing everything possible to save the lives of 14-year-old twins Daria Ledeneva, who weighs 76 pounds and Maria Ledeneva, who weighs 86 pounds, in Moscow.

According to reports, the sisters, who worked as models for an agency in Lipetsk, their hometown in Russia's western Lipetsk Oblast region, fell ill during a fashion show and were rushed to a local hospital.

They were diagnosed with severe anorexia and their condition was defined as critical.

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In the hospital, the twins were reportedly given tranquilizer shots and Daria is said to have fallen into a coma.

"The doctors’ main task, for the time being, is to do everything possible to prevent their hearts from stopping," doctor Aleksey Dobrovolsky said. (East2WestNews)

Reports say Daria regained conscious three days later and the sisters' mother Natalia Ledeneva took them home after being told by doctors that they were fit enough to leave.

The twins, however, did not get better, and a month later were taken to Moscow for more specialist treatment.

Reports say Daria and Maria, who had at first weighed 105 pounds each, had started shedding weight after being told to "lose weight so that their cheekbones were visible" by a modeling agency. The sisters, who dreamed of being famous models, went on a strict diet, gradually reducing their daily food intake.

The two reportedly fell ill during a fashion show, and were rushed to a Moscow hospital. (East2WestNews)

"They ate less and less. One tiny cutlet and two spoons of boiled buckwheat for lunch, some salad for dinner," their mother Natalia said.

"I tried to persuade them to eat more, but they refused to do so as their illness was already in progress."

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Daria and Maria are now in an intensive care unit.

According to doctors, their condition is so severe that their hearts could stop at any moment.

"The doctors' main task, for the time being, is to do everything possible to prevent their hearts from stopping," doctor Aleksey Dobrovolsky said.

The modeling agency has not been named in reports, and it is unclear how long the schoolgirls had been on their diet.

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Meanwhile, an anorexic who weighed 88 pounds switched to high carb diet after ‘learning to love herself’ — and is now a muscular 140 pounds.

This article originally appeared on The Sun. Read more from The Sun here.

‘Professional mermaid’ says creepy ‘merverts’ are the worst part of the job

A professional mermaid is being bombarded with unwanted attention from ‘merverts’ – who have a sexual fetish for the aquatic creatures.

Stephanie Norman, 32, makes a living by performing as a mermaid called Raina and even has a $25,000 collection of tails.

But she has attracted the attention of cyber creeps asking to "hump her belly" and one who told her: “You're delicious even without any tartar sauce.” Another said “Hello I would like to date with a mermaid but I’m married”, while one leered: "I love to watch you swim.”

Former elementary school teacher Norman even had to call the police after being stalked by a weirdo who read about her unusual career in a newspaper.

<br data-cke-eol="1">Former elementary school teacher Norman even had to call the police after being stalked by a weirdo who read about her unusual career in a newspaper. (SWNS)

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"We do get unwanted attention, often sexual in nature, and we call those people ‘merverts.’ Unfortunately, women in general on social media tend to get sexually harassed and mermaids are no different,” she said. It tends to go in clusters when I post a YouTube video, or a photo. I'd probably say I get ten or more a month.”

“Sometimes it does happen in person too. I’ve had to learn a lot of lessons the hard way,” Norman continued.

“I've been swimming with sharks and that to me is not as scary as dealing with some of these aggressive men. Some people just imagine relationships that aren't there.”

“I’ve been swimming with sharks and that to me is not as scary as dealing with some of these aggressive men. Some people just imagine relationships that aren’t there.” (SWNS)

Norman, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a full-time “mermaid” and spends 25 hours a week in costume, swimming at events.

She first experimented with mermaiding in 2008, when chronic pain in her legs reached breaking point and she struggled to walk on land.

Swimming eases the pain and Norman said when she’s in water she feels “weightless”.

She started her own company, Halifax Mermaids, in 2014 and now books regular performances at children’s birthday parties and in aquariums. Today, she runs the business with husband Sean Norman, 41, who also works as a simulation integration specialist.

She first experimented with mermaiding in 2008, when chronic pain in her legs reached breaking point and she struggled to walk on land. (SWNS)

But that doesn’t stop her receiving regular propositions from creepy admirers asking her to take special pictures or trying to start a relationship.

“I did have one local stalker, and I had to get the police involved. It was when I first started out and I had my very first front page in a local newspaper story,” Norman said. “This man started showing up at my work and started trying to add my friends on Facebook. He chased me at one point – it was very scary.”

“Another time while doing a promotional photo shoot at a beach we were stopped by a man insisting we must be filming a porno and asking if mermaids were a fetish. During a family oriented event full of young children, a man waited in the lineup of kids who were getting photos just to heckle us about taking off our tops,” she revealed. “He was telling us over and over again that "real mermaids" don't wear tops.

“At this point in my career I was much more confident, so I yelled at the top of my lungs that this was a family event and if he wanted to see topless women he had to go to a strip bar. He turned bright red and practically ran away while people laughed and clapped.” (SWNS)

“At this point in my career I was much more confident, so I yelled at the top of my lungs that this was a family event and if he wanted to see topless women he had to go to a strip bar. He turned bright red and practically ran away while people laughed and clapped.”

“Sometimes you just get the online version of that too. I had a man add me on LinkedIn, and the first thing he did was send me [an inappropriate] photo.

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Perverts aren’t her only concern, as the full-time mermaid is also frequently attacked online by trolls targeting her looks and her profession.

“I often have people tell me that mermaids aren't real,” she added. “I know that, and I don’t think I’m a fish or anything like that. Some people just don’t get the idea of somebody portraying a fictional character.

“It's funny how much they want to rain on someone else's parade. Now the industry has been going for a few years, people talk about it.

“Us mermaids have strategies and we all tend to share this information with each other. If there's one particular individual who's harassing a lot of mermaids, we all get together and everybody makes sure that their social media is blocking that person,” she concluded. “It’s important that we hold these people accountable.”

Hero puppy who protected owner from rattlesnake wins ‘Dog of the Year’ award

Now that’s a good boy.

The Arizona hero puppy who made national headlines this summer for protecting his owner from a rattlesnake has officially been named the "Dog of the Year" by dog biscuit brand Milk-Bone.

On Oct. 22, Todd the golden retriever puppy and his owner, Paula Godwin, received the inaugural “Milk-Bone Dog of the Year Honor” at the Streamy Awards Beverly Hills, Calif.

Back in July, Todd, who was six months old at the time, made national headlines for courageously jumping in front of Godwin’s leg during a hike in Anthem, Ariz., shielding her from a rattlesnake that Godwin says “surely” would have bit her. As a result, the snake bit the brave pup right on the face.

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Rushed to the animal hospital for treatment, Todd received anti-venom medication and fortunately recovered — and the story of his heroic actions soon went viral online.

“This honor celebrates bravery, overcoming obstacles, and strong personality and loyalty traits that make all dogs truly special,” reps for Milk-Bone and the Streamy Awards said in a joint press release.

Fittingly, the prize was presented by passionate dog lover, Olympic silver medalist and freestyle skier, Gus Kenworthy.

“We are so honored to win the first-ever Milk-Bone Dog of the Year Honor. To be a part of a celebration like this [is] so rewarding since the Streamys is typically a people-only awards show,” Godwin said, Parade reports. “We are truly grateful and blessed. Todd will be celebrating with lots of Milk-Bone treats!”

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Godwin later told Billboard that she’s happy her special dog received the prize, as it will raise awareness for the GoFundMe established in Todd’s honor. “Friends of Todd” raises money for other dogs whose owners cannot afford anti-venom medications for similar injuries, Parade reports.

“There's a lot of people out there who can't afford the $500 dose and their pets die because of it,” Godwin said.

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Godwin also took inspiration from Milk-Bone's honor for Todd's Halloween costume this year:

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Third of Americans consider themselves ‘flexitarian,’ willing to embrace more plant-based diet options, survey finds

One in three Americans now considers themselves a "flexitarian," according to new research.

A new study into the diet choices of 2,000 Americans found 38 percent admit to following more than one type of dietary lifestyle.

And a flexitarian diet — defined as someone who does not adhere to one specific eating style and may combine plant-based and meat-based diets — is now adopted by 31 percent of those studied.

And another 13 percent now subscribe to a specific eating lifestyle, such as veganism, vegetarianism or paleo.

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The study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with So Delicious Dairy Free, examined the eating habits of 2,000 Americans, and found that nearly three in five (59 percent) eat plant-based meals at least once a day.

The research, launched ahead of World Vegan Day on Nov. 1, saw the average American studied flexes their culinary techniques by eating four meat-free meals a week.

Over half (52 percent) of Americans are currently trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into their daily lives. But that’s not all. Americans are open to the idea of eating more plant-based meals. In fact,18 percent have tried a vegetarian diet and 5 percent have tried a vegan diet.

French fries were plants once. (iStock)

On average, Americans reported that they will attempt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle six times in their lifetime, with the average stretch being 37 days of strict plant-based meals.

Survey respondents, on average, consumed two vegan meals, two pescatarian meals, three vegetarian, three paleo, three gluten-free, and three dairy-free meals in a typical week.

So why are people choosing to flex their diets in this way? Seven in 10 Americans say that they believe a flexitarian lifestyle allows them the ability to eat healthier without feeling like they are depriving themselves of the foods that they love.

Other reasons Americans admit to being a flexitarian is that they believe it helps them feel better physically and mentally, and sets a good example for their kids.

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That being said, respondents did have a few barriers that stopped them from eating even more plant-based meals, such as taste, not being satisfied, the food quality/texture, and not enough variety to choose from. But as the plant-based industry has continued to innovate, those barriers may be coming down.

“Living and enjoying a plant-based lifestyle is easier than ever before,” said Lauren Start, the senior brand manager for So Delicious. "As that interest continues to grow, so will the demand for delicious treats that align with these different eating lifestyles.”

And although three in 10 Americans don’t think they could go vegan full-time, they do see themselves eating a few plant-based meals a week.

In fact, people are willing to cut certain things out of their diet. Forty-two percent of Americans say they are willing to cut meat out of their diet and another 46 percent are willing to cut dairy. Forty-six percent of Americans are willing to cut out fish while over half (52 percent) say they can live without bread, the biggest contributor to carb counts.

Do insanely large croutons count? (iStock)

While 73 percent of Americans admit to eating a variety of different foods, 13 percent may still eat a variety of foods but consciously cut out certain things like meat, dairy, and pork, among others.

In the last five years, survey respondents say they have really reduced the amount of meat and dairy they consume. In fact, 37 percent say they have reduced how much meat they consume while another 33 percent say they have reduced the amount of dairy they eat.

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“Whether you partake in a dairy-free or vegan lifestyle because you want to or because you have to, you’re making a mindful choice for you and the planet.” Start said.

Moms are wearing babies’ umbilical cords as jewelry

Cut that out! Doting moms are so attached to their newborn babies that they’re holding onto their children’s umbilical stumps as keepsakes and turning them into jewelry.

The stump is the part of the umbilical cord that stays on the child’s stomach after the cord is cut. It falls off naturally within 7 to 21 days.

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Ruth Avra, a jewelry designer based in Florida, was inspired to make umbilical stump bobbles in 2012 when she gave birth to her son shortly after her best friend also welcomed a boy.

“I put both stumps next to each other on the table. Lightning bolts struck and I had a plan,” Avra told The Post.

After Avra made the stumps into necklaces, she decided to do the same for other mothers wanting to hold on to their child’s umbilical cord forever.

The silver pieces – made by a process called lost wax casting – cost just under $200 and can be purchased on her website. No two stumps are alike, and the shape of each piece is entirely determined by the shape of the cord stump.

“It represents the connection between mother and child because it’s literally the physical connection that is between you,” Avra said, adding that once the stump falls off, the necklace is a symbolic way of commemorating the bond.

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Avra isn’t the only company on the market making jewelry from the often overlooked and discarded stumps.

Speckled Milk makes a sterling silver umbilical stump ring that goes for $80.

The company also makes jewelry from breastmilk, hair, placenta, wedding veils, as well as pet and human ashes.

This story was originally published by the New York Post.

Get a better night’s sleep with these expert tips

While rolling back the clocks over the weekend meant a much-needed extra hour of sleep, most people spend the rest of the year overly tired.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of Americans aren’t just tired, but actually sleep deprived, getting less than the recommended amount each night. And while you might think sleep is a luxury, not getting enough can actually cause serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression.

It’s true what they say about needing to get your beauty rest. A lack of hours logged in bed can actually wreak havoc on your appearance, as well. “During restorative sleep our blood pressure drops and breathing slows allowing blood to flow to our muscles, repairing tissue,” Jules Miller of The Nue Co., a line of food-based supplements, told Violet Grey.

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“A bad night’s sleep can also cause an increase in cortisol, the stress hormone, which, at continually high levels, can cause inflammation in the body. Long term, cortisol can have a huge impact on your skin, causing breakouts, poor texture and fine lines through a decrease in collagen,” Miller said.

The CDC recommends adults 18 and over get an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night, however everyone’s needs are different and this number can vary.

“It’s best to establish good habits and prioritize sleep, then keep track of your sleep for a few weeks and see what your body needs,” Janet Kennedy, PhD, clinical psychologist and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor, told Violet Grey.

“If you have a consistent sleep schedule and are feeling reasonably well-rested most of the time without resorting to tons of caffeine, long naps, or other artificial means of staying awake or falling asleep, you’re probably getting enough sleep for your body’s needs.”

The quality of sleep also plays a critical role in your overall health. Signs you might not be getting a good night’s rest include still feeling tired after sleeping for a long enough period of time, repeatedly waking up throughout the night, or experiencing symptoms such as snoring or gasping for air, which could be a sign of a sleep disorder.

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To make sure you wake up feeling well-rested, it’s important to adopt good sleep habits. Zack Holland, designer and co-founder of Cloudten luxury all-natural bedding, recommends having a consistent nighttime routine. He’s also a fan of the "10, 3, 2, 1 Rule," which advises that 10 hours before bed you should avoid caffeine; three hours, stay away from food and alcohol; two hours, abstain from work; and one hour, turn off your screens.

Your environment is also a crucial element in determining what kind of sleep you get. It’s important to create a calming space that’s relaxing, comfortable and promotes rest. From luxury bedding to calming smells and natural supplements, these items can all help create the perfect space for you to get the maximum amount of Zzzs.

A year-round down comforter

Brooklinen Down Comforter, $349; at Brooklinen

Crisp, cool sheets

Parachute Home Percale Sheet Set, $109-$149; at Parachute Home

Beauty sleep-friendly silk pillowcase

The Hollywood Silk Solution Silk Pillowcase, $45; at The Hollywood Silk Solution

Relaxing pillow spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, $29; at This Works

Sleep-supporting supplement

Olly Restful Sleep, $13.99; at Olly

Blue light-blocking glasses

Felix Gray Unisex Frames, starting at $95; at Felix Gray

Black-out eye mask

Slip Silk Sleep Mask, $50; at Slip Silk Pillowcase

Calming candle and sleep balm

Scentered Sleep Well Therapy Balm, $24, and Sleep Well Home Therapy Candle, $52; at Scentered

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.