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Terminator Nap


There is a memorable scene in The Terminator where the machine has taken damage, shuts down, and then boots back up.

Napping works somewhat like that for humans.

In the course of being alive, you're always doing little subtle damage to your brain and body and organs. Sleeping can help alleviate this damage and let your body repair itself.

What's miraculous about napping, though, is just how much can be repaired in such a short time.

I'd eventually like to spend time researching the exact mechanics, but I suspect that a lot of hormones and chemicals that have pooled in various places in the brain are -- for lack of a better word -- "flushed away" when you nap.

Get a Handle on Household Leaks

On It's not easy being green

Finding and fixing leaks to save money and water does not have to be difficult. Just follow three simple steps: check, twist, and replace.

Check: Look at your water meter (usually outside your house) before and after two or more hours when no water is being used, perhaps while your family is at work or school. If the number has changed, there is likely a leak. To check for silent toilet leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes before flushing. If the color appears in the bowl before you flush, the toilet flapper probably needs to be replaced.

Twist: Remedy dripping pipes, fixtures, or hoses by twisting a wrench to tighten the connections. If needed, twist pipe tape around shower fixture or hose connections to seal them. Teach kids to turn faucets and showers all the way off, and check washers and valves for persistent drips. If you’re not the “do-it-yourself” type or you have a bigger leak on your hands, you can consult a licensed plumber.

Replace: For old or inefficient fixtures that are not easily repaired, replace them with WaterSense labeled models. Toilets, faucets, and showerheads that earn the WaterSense label are independently certified to use at least 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models. You’ll stop those nasty leaks and realize even more water savings in the process. These water- and money-saving products are available in a variety of styles and prices; look for the WaterSense label on boxes or websites of your favorite plumbing brand.

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