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Simple '4-7-8' breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds

A deep breathing trick can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in under one minute, a health expert has claimed.<p>The method involves making a loud whooshing noise with the mouth then holding the breath in stages.<p>Called the ‘4-7-8’ method, it has been pioneered by the US sleep expert Dr Andrew Weil who …

The Weird Tricks Experts Use When They Can't Sleep

No matter if you’re the type of person who can fall asleep anywhere or a borderline insomniac, we all have nights where we just can’t seem to get any …

The Yellow Peril: Dr Fu Manchu and the Rise of Chinaphobia review – the factors that shaped our fear of China

Books beget books and this engrossing, wide-ranging study of the deeply prejudicial mythology surrounding matters Chinese arose from a conversation between Christopher Frayling, polymathic emeritus professor of cultural history at the Royal College of Art and former rector of the RCA, and Edward …

Dave Gibbons, first comics laureate: ‘They’re not just cheap, lurid entertainment’

Watchmen artist spearheads campaign to improve child literacy in the UK by using comics and graphic novels<p>Carol Ann Duffy has been flying the flag for poetry as the UK’s poet laureate for the last five years, while children’s laureate Malorie Blackman has been championing kids’ books since last …

Halloween special: the science of scary apparitions – podcast

Presented by Ian Sample, produced by Iain Chambers, with Nicola Davis

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

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The Myth Of The Incredible Antique Violin

Instruments built by old families are renowned for their resonance. But are they really any better?<p>Even non-musicians might be familiar with the tale of the Stradivariuses, stringed instruments built in the 17th and 18th centuries renowned for their gorgeous tones, supposedly unparalleled, even by …

Here's What Happens In Your Body When You Yawn (At Least In Theory)

<i>Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Have a question? Get in touch here and you could appear on Healthy Living!</i><p>"Ask Healthy Living" is for informational purposes only and is not a …

What Drunk Prairie Voles Can Tell Us About Booze And Relationships

How alcohol affects men and women, as told by rodents<p>As any student of life can attest, alcohol can bring romantic pairs closer together, but it can also break them apart, by greasing the wheels of extra-partner dalliance. Scientists set out to explore the dual nature of intoxication, and to see if …

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Why odd numbers are dodgy, evens are good, and 7 is everyone's favourite

Think of the number 7. Do you like it? Do you love it? Do you remain unmoved?<p>You may think these are frivolous questions, but when I launched an online survey asking people to submit their favourite numbers – and explain the reasons why – almost 4,000 people declared a devotion to 7.<p>"[It] cheers me …