Lifestyle Listicles

Sauna After Workout: 5 Pros and 4 Cons

Saunas are a great way to relax and unwind after a workout, but before you hunker down in the heat, know that this ancient practice has both pros and cons.

Using a sauna in moderation can help improve recovery and heart health, beat stress, and even boost immunity.

For certain individuals, however, the risks can outweigh the benefits. If you have severe heart disease, a compromised cardiovascular system, and/or especially sensitive skin, or if you are trying to conceive or are already pregnant, check with your doctor before you hit the hot box.

10 Best Essential Oils to Diffuse In the Bedroom For a Better Night's Sleep

If you're new to aromatherapy or think a search for the best essential oil for sleep sounds like a hokey mission your brother's girlfriend is on, think again. There's some solid science connecting smell with sleep.

The Science of Smell

Researchers believe that when an essential oil's molecules attach themselves to the olfactory bulb in the nose, they signal the brain to release neurotransmitters that induce a sense of calm.

When our brains process images, sounds, and textures, information like this travels first to the thalamus, the brain's "switchboard," which sorts sensory data and routes it to the parts of the brain that produce sensory perceptions.

Smells, by contrast, take a circuitous trip to the thalamus, traveling first to the amygdala, the brain's emotion center. In other words, aromatherapy works by stroking your mind's feel-good place.

This is why the whiff of manure can remind you of a trip you took through farm country or the scent of a particular brand of lotion takes you back to your grandma's bathroom. Unlike our other sensory perceptions, the sense of smell can be a form of time travel.

We looked at the recent olfactory data and compiled this list of the best aromatherapy essential oils for a smooth take-off to dreamland. Here they are in order of most to least rigorously studied.

12 Best Restaurants in Mobile

Mobile is Alabama’s gateway to the gulf and one of the state’s most historic cities. Although its larger neighbor, New Orleans, is known for its Mardi Gras celebration, the tradition actually originated in Mobile in 1702 when it was the capital of French Louisiana. Today, Mobile still hosts elaborate Mardi Gras celebrations each year featuring floats, street parties, and a more manageable number of tourists.

For our list of the 12 best restaurants in Mobile, we consulted a number of sources, from’s Barbecue Bucket List to the Alabama Tourism Department’s list of the state’s most famous 100 Dishes to sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor. We considered factors like the type of cuisine, ambiance, price, and dog-friendliness.