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This Playlist Can Help Teach CPR

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Learning CPR is a very simple way to save someone’s life. According to the American Heart Association, the U.S. sees more than 350,000 cardiac arrests a year outside of hospitals, and immediate CPR can make a major difference in someone's survival chances. But if you haven’t taken a course in CPR, it’s hard to know what to do in a serious emergency. Humming “Stayin’ Alive,” can help, though.

Thanks to New York Presbyterian Hospital, there’s an easy way to remember how fast chest compressions should be during CPR—a Spotify playlist. As NPR reports, the hospital has created a website to help prepare more people to assist if someone near them stops breathing, including a musical playlist that can help people keep time without counting.

During CPR, you should be pushing on the person's chest about 100 times per minute. Since songs like “Stayin’ Alive” have a tempo of 100 beats per minute, they're an effective way to keep rhythm in a high-stress situation. If you can’t stand the Bee Gees, fear not: Hanson’s “MMMBop” and Missy Elliott’s “Work It” will work just as well.

The hospital estimates that every minute that someone in cardiac arrest goes without CPR, their chance of living decreases by 10 percent, and 92 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest die before reaching the hospital. So if someone’s heart stops, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. You won’t have time to put on this playlist in the moment, but you should take a few moments to refresh your memory with the CPR Spotify playlist.

Remember, though, that tempo isn't the only necessary part of CPR. The compressions have to be not just fast, but hard—so make sure to brush up on your technique, too.

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Stop Your Snoring and Track Your Sleep With a Wi-Fi Smart Pillow
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Everyone could use a better night's rest. The CDC says that only 66 percent of American adults get as much sleep as they should, so if you're spending plenty of time in bed but mostly tossing and turning (or trying to block out your partner's snores), it may be time to smarten up your sleep accessories. As TechCrunch reports, the ZEEQ Smart Pillow improves your sleeping schedule in a multitude of ways, whether you're looking to quiet your snores or need a soothing lullaby to rock you to sleep.

After a successful Kickstarter in 2016, the product is now on sale and ready to get you snoozing. If you're a snorer, the pillow has a microphone designed to listen to the sound of your snores and softly vibrate so that you shift positions to a quieter pose. Accelerometers in the pillow let the sleep tracker know how much you're moving around at night, allowing it to record your sleep stages. Then, you can hook the pillow up to your Amazon Echo or Google Home so that you can have your favorite smart assistant read out the pillow's analysis of your sleep quality and snoring levels the next morning.

The pillow is also equipped with eight different wireless speakers that turn it into an extra-personal musical experience. You can listen to soothing music while you fall asleep, either connecting the pillow to your Spotify or Apple Music account on your phone via Bluetooth or using the built-in relaxation programs. You can even use it to listen to podcasts without disturbing your partner. You can set a timer to turn the music off after a certain period so you don't wake up in the middle of the night still listening to Serial.

And when it's time to wake up, the pillow will analyze your movements to wake you during your lightest sleep stage, again keeping the noise of an alarm from disturbing your partner.

The downside? Suddenly your pillow is just another device with a battery that needs to charge. And forget about using it in a place without Wi-Fi.

The ZEEQ Smart Pillow currently costs $200.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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Want to Fall Asleep Faster? Add This Tweak To Your Bedtime Routine
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There are countless reasons people have trouble falling asleep. It could be physiological, as in the case of airway-obstructing sleep apnea, or it could be because you’ve had too much caffeine too late in the day. But some of us experience delayed slumber for a different reason: Our racing minds can’t quite shift into a lower gear. If you fall into this hyper-vigilant category, there’s a side effect-free way to try and resolve the problem.

In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers found that subjects who were tasked with writing out a to-do list for the following day (or days) before bed were able to fall asleep more quickly than other subjects who wrote about only what they had done that day.

The test, performed at Baylor University, recruited 57 people between the ages of 18 and 30 and kept them overnight in a sleep lab. Those who wrote down their planned tasks could use bullet points or paragraphs and fell asleep an average of nine minutes faster than subjects who didn’t. The more specific the list, the faster they were able to crash.

Researchers believe that the act of writing down responsibilities might be one way the brain can let go of a person’s obligations. (Thinking of what you have to do won’t have quite the same effect.) It was a small study, but considering how non-invasive it is, it might be worth trying if you're experiencing a lot of tossing and turning.

[h/t Travel+Leisure]

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