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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Naps and laps can ease winter blahs

Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Feeling more tired in the winter months — yes, even in Hawai'i — isn't just psychological. Variations in the light and darkness we're exposed to have an effect on our biology. Longer nights can prompt our bodies to produce the sleep hormone melatonin, making us feel fatigued. Add to that all the recent holiday tasks and obligations, and you're dealing with a double deficit. Work with it: When you get tired, take a moment to close your eyes and drop your head for just 20 or 30 seconds. Or, if you have time, take a 20-minute nap. Either way, you'll give your body a chance to recharge. And get moving: Take a walk, even if it's a quick jaunt around your office or house. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that people who did low-intensity exercise (like walking) for 20 minutes three times a week reduced their fatigue levels by up to 65 percent.

— Woman’s Day



The Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts will screen the musical film "They Came to Play," about the Van Cliburn Foundation's International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, tomorrow. The Friends of Film Friday selection had been scheduled for Jan. 22.

At this Hawai'i premiere, composer Donald Reid Womack will introduce the film, and answer questions following the screening. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. tonight; $15 ($12 for museum members, $8 for students). Information: 532-8700.

— Advertiser Staff