Minimize stress eating with a good night’s sleep say researchers
Feeling stressed at work can lead to us reaching for unhealthy snacks and extra portions, but a new study has found that getting enough sleep could help buffer the negative effect of stress on eating habits.
Carried out by a team of researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Illinois, the University of Florida, and Auburn University in the U.S., along with Sun Yat-sen University in China, the study is one of the first to look at how psychological experiences at work can affect eating behaviors.
The team looked at two studies of 235 total workers in China who experienced regular stress in their jobs.
One study included IT employees who had a high workload and felt there was never enough time in the workday, while the second included call-center workers who experienced stress from dealing with rude and demanding customers.
The researchers found that in both studies employees who had a stressful workday also had a tendency to take these negative feelings home with them, and to the dinner table, leading to them eating more than usual and make unhealthier food choices.
However, the study also showed that sleep could be a way to buffer this effect of stress on unhealthy eating, with the team finding that employees who got a good night’s sleep the night before tended to eat better the next day after a stressful day at work.
Yihao Liu, co-author and assistant professor at the University of Illinois gave two possible explanations for the findings.
“First, eating is sometimes used as an activity to relieve and regulate one’s negative mood, because individuals instinctually avoid aversive feelings and approach desire feelings,” he said.
“Second, unhealthy eating can also be a consequence of diminished self-control. When feeling stressed out by work, individuals usually experience inadequacy in exerting effective control over their cognitions and behaviors to be aligned with personal goals and social norms.”
Chu-Hsiang “Daisy” Chang, MSU associate professor of psychology and study co-author, also commented that the findings that sleep has a protective effect against unhealthy food habits shows how the three health behaviours of sleep, stress, and eating are related.
“A good night’s sleep can make workers replenished and feel vigorous again, which may make them better able to deal with stress at work the next day and less vulnerable to unhealthy eating,” she explained.
The team now believe that companies should take into consideration the importance of sleep and healthy behaviors and think about providing sleep-awareness training and flexible scheduling for employees, as well as rethinking food-related job perks, which have become very common.
“Food-related perks may only serve as temporary mood-altering remedies for stressed employees,” Chang said, “and failure to address the sources of the work stress may have potential long-term detrimental effects on employee health.”
The findings were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Forget the iPhone 8, add wireless charging to any iPhone for under $20
Wireless charging is expected to be one of the new features coming to this year’s iPhone 8 that Apple will really shine a light on this coming September when it unveils the phone. In fact, rumor has it the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will get wireless charging as well. The technology has been around for what seems like ages, but it looks like Apple is finally getting around to supporting it in the company’s iPhone lineup. Of course, who needs to wait for September to get an iPhone with wireless charging capabilities?
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Google’s DeepMind Is Now Capable of Creating Images from Your Sentences
Google’s DeepMind team has developed a way for their AI to be able to create images from sentences. The more detailed the sentence, the more detailed the resulting image will be.
The folks at Google’s DeepMind are hard at work bringing the world the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI). Their latest breakthrough shows that their AI is capable of creating photorealistic pictures from human input in the form of sentences.
This is the latest development in the use of AI to do some truly amazing things with pictures. In February, Google Brain scientists developed a way to “enhance” photographs much like the way you might see in a science fiction movie like Blade Runner or a network procedural like one of the many CSIs. Using PixelCNN, the machine was able to turn low-resolution photos into high-resolution ones with an impressive approximation.
Now that same technology is being used to turn text into pictures. The researchers found that a more detailed prompt would deliver better results than a less detailed one. For example, the prompt of “A yellow bird with a black head, orange eyes, and an orange bill” returned a highly detailed image. The algorithm is able to pull from a collection of images and discern concepts like birds and human faces and create images that are significantly different than the images it “learned” from.
Model 3 Photos Show Tesla’s New Car in the Wild
Tesla’s new Model 3, an electric car aimed at middle-income buyers, is projected to begin delivery soon. On Thursday, a sharp-eyed photographer named You You Xue says he spotted one on the road in San Matteo — presumably in the hands of a Tesla employee — and helpfully took detailed photos as the car charged.
The photos have been collected in an album here, and are also embedded below.
They seem to show slight exterior tweaks compared to earlier Model 3 prototype images, with sharper contouring on the side panels and a more aggressive profile – though that might just be a matter of angle and lighting.
Either way, while Tesla has been at pains to paint the Model 3 as its entry-level vehicle, the new photos show a car with a lot more curb appeal than your average Corolla.
Xue also caught glimpses of the car’s interior, where the impression is much more obviously bare-bones. The only visible instrument panel is a touchscreen at the center console.
As observers have noted since the design was first revealed, it could really take some getting used to — and having to take your eyes so far off the road to see your speed could even be unsafe.
Tesla’s high-end Model S, by contrast, features both a center console screen and a readout above the steering wheel.
You might have free Amazon credits waiting for you thanks to Apple — and they expire today
Because of a lawsuit over e-book prices that was settled years ago, you may have credits that can be applied to purchases on Amazon waiting in your Amazon account.
To check if you have credits, simply click this link.
But even if you have credits from the settlement, you have to use them by Saturday — today — or they’ll expire.
Last March, the Supreme Court declined to hear a long-running case about Apple price-fixing e-books, making an earlier $400 million settlement final.
For the past year, Apple’s been paying it out. You might have credits for free e-books waiting in your inbox — but, as a reminder, they expire on Saturday.
Here’s how it works:
- You’re eligible if you bought an e-book from a large publishing company between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012.
- Those books could have been purchased not just from Apple’s iBooks, but Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
- Those credits will be automatically applied to the account where you bought the e-books unless you requested a paper check years ago.
- If you’re eligible, you’ll receive a $6.93 credit for any New York Times bestseller and $1.57 for any other e-book from a large publisher.
If you’re wondering why Apple is paying for Amazon credits, it’s a long and fascinating story. But essentially, the complaint was that Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue strong-armed major publishers into a pricing agreement that ended up causing e-book prices to spike overnight.
The judgment was handed down in 2013, and Apple started sending iTunes credits to customers in 2014.
Once again, you can check if you got any Amazon credits here.
Here’s one of the emails that’s going out to eligible customers:
According to Amazon, here is how you apply those credits to a purchase:
Eligible customers do not need to do anything to receive these credits. If you are eligible, we have already calculated your credit for you and added it to your Amazon account. As long as you have credit remaining we will automatically apply it to your purchase of qualifying items through, an Amazon device or an Amazon app. The credit applied to your purchase will appear in your order summary as a gift card during checkout and in your account history. Eligible customers should have received a notification email from Amazon on June 21, 2016. This credit will expire at 11:59 p.m. HST on June 24, 2017.
Ray Kurzweil Has a Prediction About Linking Our Brains to the Cloud
He has predicted that the singularity, the moment when technology enters a cycle of runaway advancement beyond human control, will occur by 2045. This new era will change the human brain. Instead of being stuck with a limited number of biological brain functions, the singularity will allow us to directly experience the benefits of the law of accelerating returns. Eventually, all our thoughts will happen in the computers merged to our brains.
“The most interesting thing will be for your neocortex to extend itself with synthetic neocortex in the cloud,” said Kurzweil. “Ultimately our thinking will be predominated by the synthetic neocortex.”
The neocortex is the region of the brain associated with human mental functions. Kurzweil pointed out that although the human brain is quite large, it cannot get bigger because childbirth would become impossible. This has limited improvements to the human brain, he says. “Now technology is going to pick up what happened two million years ago. This additional neocortex that’s synthetic that will be in the cloud, that won’t be a one-shot deal, that’s going to continue to expand,” he says.
Think of the brain as a smartphone
Expanding the human mind through connecting to the cloud is similar to how a cell phone works, he says. Cell phones are incredibly powerful because they don’t have to carry everything directly, they can connect to information and processing power through the cloud. This is how the human brain will work when it can connect to computers and other minds through the cloud.
Each person will effectively have a synthetic neocortex, or technological brain to increase their abilities, he says. “It works just like your biological neocortex, and your thinking there will be a hybrid of your biological thinking, with the 300 million neocortical modules we all have, and a certain number of neocortical modules that are simulated in the cloud.”
This is where the law of accelerating returns comes in. Since our biological brains don’t expand in power, and our synthetic ones will, eventually most of our thoughts will occur in the synthetic parts of our brains.
“At that point we will be a kind of hybrid, but the hybrid has largely become sort of cloud based,” says Kurzweil. “Our thinking will be largely in the cloud.”
Eventually, something like a mind-file will be created because the synthetic neocortex will have such a powerful level of understanding it will be able to back up your brain. If Kurzweil’s singularity prediction is true, it sounds like we might be able to live in the synthetic neocortex for a very long time.
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