I used to consider myself a night owl. In college, I would schedule midday classes whenever possible so I could stay up late without forfeiting sleep. Later, as a mom with three children under the age of five, the wee hours of the night often brought quiet space to write or work on my coaching business.
  Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don't do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step.
  Better yet, here’s how to prevent one from ever happening at all. Reason #37,421 to exercise: Fit people who suffer a heart attack are less likely to die from the ailment than those who are out of shape, finds new research from Johns Hopkins University.
  Small talk is generally defined as conversation about things that are not of any great importance. Often employed in brief exchanges, we tend to dismiss it as superficial and even unnecessary. But a closer look shows that small talk has real value and purpose. Small talk is like an invitation. It acts to engage and prime the pump for more expanded interaction.
  Scientists have long known that our brains are busy at work while we sleep: creating and consolidating memories, clearing out toxins and processing importation information that we might need to recall in the future.
  The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain. But the experimental bases to support these claims have been few. Supporters of the practice have relied on very small samples of unrepresentative subjects, like isolated Buddhist monks who spend hours meditating every day, or on studies that generally were not randomized and did not include placebo¬ control groups.

  After reports of Zika being declared a global public health emergency, cases with the possible association of microcephaly in newborns rising in Brazil and the linked with Guillain-Barré, a syndrome that causes muscle weakness or paralysis; the mosquito-borne virus has everyone alarm and asking the...