Lately, we haven’t been sleeping too well. We know many of you probably haven’t either, since the midterm season brings more than just exam stress. It brings an entire mid-semester slump! (Maybe it’s partly due to some bad sleeping habits?)

Here’s a few tips to getting better sleep, tailored to a sleep-deprived student body:

If you need rest, keep reading.

If you need rest, keep reading.

1. Organize your thoughts in a new, systematic way.

We’ve found that writing down a “to improve” list can be helpful. Why? In general, students deal with a large number of smaller stresses — exams, disagreements with roommates, buying textbooks — versus something larger. It can often feel overwhelming to try to constantly sort priorities, compartmentalize and keep focused with so many things to remember. As a result, we feel overwhelmed and plagued by worry! Keeping your priorities accessible and clear can eliminate an urge to mentally “search” and therefore lead to less struggle in falling asleep. (Read more about sleep and organization here.)

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Chocolate: the Best Candy. No arguments.

As the week is starting to settle into a post-Valentine’s Day torpor, we’re  sure that many of you have stashes of chocolate left-over from friends and lovers that will be greedily consumed over the weekend.  In perfect timing, Berkeley Wellness Alerts released an article that reports that chocolate may have positive effects on your heart – in this case, distinct physical effects, not just the emotional rush of receiving sweets from loved ones. read more »

Those goddamn Europeans.

Big Ben

According to the California Department of Public Health, the mumps outbreak at Berkeley began when a Cal student first contracted the virus in Great Britain. Tsk tsk, those British. Always giving their problems to us to deal with.

The outbreak has now increased to more than 40 total confirmed and suspected cases.

Mike Sicilia, the spokesperson for the department, declared that the source of the outbreak was identified after interviewing the infected. Apparently, it’s not unusual for mumps outbreaks in the U.S. to be initiated by some sort of foreign contact.

The campus, as you all are very well aware, has flown into panic mode. read more »

A study shows that Berkeley residents have longer lives. We hope you like hippies. A lot.

The average life expectancy in Berkeley is 83, which surpasses the nation’s 78, Alameda County’s 79, San Francisco’s 80 and California’s 79. And these are the averages!

Damn. These people are old.

You want more statistics? Let’s talk numbers. Only about 10 percent of residents smoke—residents who are quite arguably all the student smokers (we’re looking at you, FSM hangers-on). Eight percent of adults have no health insurance. Berkeley is also somewhat “skinny” in that only 25 percent of its residents are overweight and obese. That’s less than the national average. We still think it’s kinda fat though.

Looking at race and health in Berkeley also shows some socioeconomic disparity. Berkeley has a lot of rich, educated white people, who tend to have better healthcare and “less stressful lives,” as the Chron puts it. Blacks have it harder, simply put.

bq. “Basically, white people in Berkeley are living longer than African American people,” Dill said. “It’s not any individual’s fault. It’s a combination of factors all playing out together.”

The Chron mentions factors like location of black neighborhoods, diminished presence of parks and grocery stores, and prevalence of crime.

At least Berkeley can boast the old people. We’re sure there’s plenty of talk about the war and how movies used to cost only a nickel and there was no such thing as this newfangled Internets.

We mean, Berkeley even has a 94-year-old aerobics instructor. Now that’s just silly. They should be leading the tantric sex seminar. Wait a minute—they probably are leading the tantric sex seminar.

Living in Berkeley means longer life, study finds [SF Chronicle]