This Is the Foolproof Sleeping Hack You've Been Waiting For

Kelsey Clark

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to our Take 5 column, where we invite you to take a hump-day break with the week’s most revitalizing lifestyle stories. Ready for a breather?

Take 1: If you've always preferred sleeping in the buff

Science says you're doing something right. According to Well + Good, sleeping sans clothing can boost your metabolism, help with intimacy, and ensure you lock down those six to seven hours of precious beauty sleep every night. We're on it.

Take 2: If you want to take your sexual health more seriously

An innovative new vaginal ring could protect you from HIV. Dubbed the "dapivirine ring," the device was recently found to reduce women's risk of contracting HIV by 56 percent, according to recent research presented at the AIDS 2016 conference in South Africa. 

Take 3: If you're sick of decoding tricky nutrition labels

There's an app for deconstructing the nutritional content of your food. The Sage Project is on a mission to go beyond the label, logging detailed information on over 20,000 products to help you understand exactly what you're putting into your body. Sign up for more information here.

Take 4: If you've been following the Planned Parenthood drama

New update: The GOP just adopted a platform that would effectively defund the organization nationwide. It even goes as far as to wrongfully suggest that Planned Parenthood "sell[s] fetal body parts rather than provid[ing] health care." So there's that.

Take 5: If you're eagerly awaiting your return to Westeros

Bad news: The seventh season of Game of Thrones will premiere in the summer of 2017—a few months after the show's usual springtime debut. Here's what you can watch while you wait it out.

Your afternoon pick-me-up:

Whip up a post-work gelato cocktail, because why not? One of our favorite bloggers, Camille Styles, has the full recipe.

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