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For as long as I can remember, I’ve had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I struggle forever to nod off, wake up at 4 AM unable to quiet my mind, and my brain goes into overdrive, hopscotching from money worries to future grocery lists to imminent story deadlines. When my alarm goes off in the morning, I wake up dazed, confused and exhausted. And as it turns out, I’m not alone. According to a study released by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, roughly 25 percent of Americans experience acute insomnia each year.
Enter the weighted blanket
After years of restless rest, I heard about the Gravity Blanket. It’s a weighted blanket that, according to the manufacturer, provides “deep touch pressure stimulation” to help boost your mood and promote solid sleep. The science behind these blankets is inconclusive, but to put it in simple terms: Since you’re all snug inside it, you kick and shift around less and in theory, sleep much better. The blankets come in different weights, to cater to different sized sleepers and personal preference.
Now, I’m not a scientist. I barely passed botany in college. So I don’t know why, but the Gravity Blanket works! When I crawl under it, it feels like the best kind of warm, all-encasing hug. I opted for the lightest version because I tend to get hot at night; it’s juuuuust right for me. Not too hot, not too cold and weighted the ideal amount. Unlike your average flimsy blanket, it doesn’t shift or roll off or wind up on the floor. It stays put — heavy and velvety — and brings a sense of deep ease, so that you can just exhale. I can only compare it to the calm that would descend on my newborn when I used to swaddle him.
Beneath my new velvety bedmate, I’ve slept through the night for two weeks straight.
Tyson Fury has announced his second retirement from boxing after failing to entice Derek Chisora into a trilogy fight. The 34-year-old revealed he would step back into the ring and had publicly revealed he was keen to face Chisora, who he has twice beaten before. Fury turned 34 on Friday and posted a message on social media saying: "Massive thanks to everyone who had an input in my career over the years & after long hard conversations (I’ve finally) decided to walk away & on my 34th birthday I say Bon voyage."
<p>Dramatic footage has captured the moment an endangered giraffe makes its grand entrance into the world - by falling more than two metres (6ft) to the floor.<br></p><p>Incredible CCTV footage shows the adorable newcomer - a Rothschild's giraffe - fall onto a bed of soft straw, causing a bump that brought the rest of the herd to its feet.</p><p>The calf - born on Saturday at Chester Zoo - is tiny in comparison to mum Orla, but was born already towering above staff at 6ft tall and weighing a whopping 72kg (11st).</p><p>He has been named Stanley after Mount Stanley, the tallest mountain in Uganda in Africa, where the zoo’s conservationists are fighting to boost giraffe numbers.</p><p>The incredible CCTV footage also shows the moment the newborn stands up and takes his very first steps and enjoys his first feed.</p><p>Zookeepers say the first feed is ‘vitally important’ for the bond between mum and baby.</p><p>Giraffes are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - the world’s authority on the state of the natural world. </p><p>Although Rothschild’s giraffe numbers are now increasing due to conservation efforts, fewer than 2,500 remain in East Africa.</p><p>Giraffe team manager Sarah Roffe said: “Mum-to-be Orla was stood next to Dagmar, another experienced mum, for the delivery as she readied herself for the final push. <br></p>
Dolphins wowed onlookers as the animals put on a stunning display by swimming alongside a small boat off the west coast of Ireland.Footage by John FitzGerald shows the spectacular moment. He said the video was captured near the Blasket Islands on Wednesday, August 10. Credit: John FitzGerald via Storyful
Whether it's the fitness tracker on your wrist, the “smart” home appliances in your house or the latest kids’ fad going viral in online videos, they all produce a trove of personal data for big tech companies
Firefighters from six countries traveled to Gironde, France, to help battle wildfires that have spread to 7,400 hectares as of August 12, according to local authorities.Nearly 400 firefighters from Poland, Romania, Austria, Germany, Greece, and Italy are working alongside 1,100 French firefighters to battle a blaze which began on August 9 near Saint-Magne. They are also contributing a combined 101 vehicles and four aircraft.Local authorities reported on August 11 that 10,000 people have been evacuated from their homes due to the wildfire.On August 11, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne visited Gironde and emphasized the importance of tackling global warming. Credit: Sapeurs-Pompiers 33 via Storyful