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3 Cliches Not to Ignore

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3 Cliches Not to Ignore

Clichés are annoyingly difficult to escape, not only because they’re (by definition) overused, but also because they achieve what so few of the wordiest among us can: they make their points quickly and cleverly. “A stitch in time saves nine.” “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” (Rhyming while managing to stay succinct? Now, that’s skillful.) Even so, because they’re thrown about so often and usually with little thought, messages like these just don’t hold much water for us anymore. But though we may dismiss them as trite, some clichés are, for lack of a more original phrase, right on the money. In fact, beyond common sense, they even have science to back them up.

“You snooze, you lose.”

If you understood this cliché to mean that sleeping leads to underachievement, that would make it 100 percent wrong. We need a certain amount of sleep every night for optimal physical and emotional health. (That amount, rather than the oft-cited eight hours, is largely individual.) But if you took the phrase literally, then yes, sleeping does lead to actual loss—at least, according to various research on weight loss.

Studies show that when you don’t get enough sleep, your brain has to find another way to keep you awake during the day. Enter ghrelin, the appetite-stimulating hormone that goes into production overdrive in an attempt to keep you hungry, and therefore awake. At the same time, levels of leptin, a hormone that signals satiation, decrease significantly. A 2010 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that participants who slept only 5.5 hours a night lost more than 50 percent less fat than those who slept 8.5 hours per night instead. Aside from the hormonal connection, being exhausted all the time doesn’t make anyone want to go to the gym or be all that active. The added stress then causes stronger cravings for comfort food (high-calorie, high-fat goods). Clearly, if you don’t snooze, it’s likely you won’t lose.

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6:48PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

interesting read. Thank you

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2:56AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Interesting take...

6:52PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thanks for sharing - very interesting.

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8:58AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

@Kate I think that is a saying not a cliche. If you think your mouth is being "duct taped" by not using cliches in conversation, then I think it would serve you well to apply actually duct tape to your mouth. Here is an idea. Instead of using meaningless, thoughtless, overused phrases why dont you try thinking before you open your mouth....I know this might hurt a little. If you prattle on all the time no one listens, but if you speak rarely but with meaning, when you do say something people will want to listen.
But dont worry girl, you will get thru this. It could be worse. It will get better. Trust me. Life is good. Everything you are going through you will learn from it. It is what it is.

8:04PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

@Holli C: How bout "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"? or "Ask and you shall receive"? How do you do that with your mouth duct taped?

But however you feel about cliches, your wish is my command, & I'll quit here.

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