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"The Goodnight Pill"  

"TIME FOR ASPIRIN " If aspirin is part of your daily medication routine, taking it before bedtime might improve your blood pressure even as it does its main job - working against heart attack and stroke. In a small Spanish study, taking low-dose aspirin at night lowered daytime systolic blood pressure (the top number of a blood pressure reading) by 7 points and diastolic pressure (the bottom number) by 5 points among people with newly diagnosed mild high blood pressure. That’s as much as occurs with exercise or limiting salt. Taking aspirin in the morning increased both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by about 2 points.

Earlier studies have shown that nighttime aspirin may also be easier on the stomach than aspirin taken in the morning.
If you don’t take aspirin, this one study shouldn’t prompt you to start, especially not as a way to lower your blood pressure. But if you already take aspirin, it may be worth switching to a nighttime dose.


"Tired Eyes?"

"NIX THE SQUINT" It keeps you from blinking, say Ohio State University researchers. In a recent study, they asked 10 students to squint while looking at a computer monitor for 70 seconds. The result: Even a slight amount of squinting cut blinking rates by half (from 15 blinks a minute to 7.5).

Blinking rewets the eye; doing less of it can cause eyestrain, say the researchers, and lead to a condition called dry eye, in which eyes are itchy and tired. To minimize your office’s squint-inducing glare, position your monitor so that any windows are to the side of it (not behind or in front), and use lower-watt bulbs in your lamps.



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