Sanam Yar
Writer on Bustle's Lifestyle team, embarrassingly Canadian, and constantly on the hunt for the perfect pint of ice-cream. You can catch more of my work in Metropolis Magazine and The New York Times.

Headspace Just Launched New Guided Meditations To Help You Fall Asleep

There’s nothing worse than a night of tossing and turning when all you want to do is fall asleep. Troubled sleepers can rejoice: the popular wellness app Headspace wants to help you snooze in those moments when counting sheep just doesn’t cut it…
By Sanam Yar

This Interactive Art Installation Explores What Identity Really Looks Like Today

What does your national identity look like to you? That’s the question that Muuaaa, a multidisciplinary design and branding studio based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, grappled with in designing their new show at this year’s London Design Biennale. The…
By Sanam Yar

The Sneaky Way Inflammation Can Mess With Your Sleep — And Vice Versa

There’s no shortage of reasons for why you should aim to get a solid six to eight hours of sleep per night. Research has shown how immunity, mental health, and physical health are all tied to the quality of sleep you’re getting on a regular basis.…
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OkCupid Will Display Your Pronouns In Your Profile With This New Tool

In a win for inclusivity, dating app OkCupid now lets all users list their pronouns on their profile. Released yesterday, the new feature marks OkCupid as the first mainstream dating app to offer users the option of displaying their pronouns. “We…
By Sanam Yar

10 Halloween Costumes That Are Literally Just Puns

Though it’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, the promise of pumpkin spice-flavored everything and cozy sweater weather gives us something to look forward to each fall. Even more importantly, though, the spooky season is almost upon us. That’s…
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Goop Will Pay $145K In A Settlement Over Those Jade Eggs

On Tuesday, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company Goop, Inc. settled a lawsuit with California prosecutors over allegedly unfounded medical claims attached to some of its products, including stone eggs meant to be inserted into the vagina. The…
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Your Fall Apple Options May Look A Little Different This Year

In shocking news to absolutely no one with taste buds, Red Delicious is no longer America’s favorite apple. After dominating grocery stores for more than five decades, Red Delicious is forecasted to cede its first place standing as America’s most…
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Your Self-Esteem Is Highest At This Age, According to Science

Your relationship with your self-esteem can sometimes feel like a tug of war. There are days where you wake up feeling amazing about yourself, and then, there are times where you’re your own worst enemy. While that ebb and flow of self-esteem is…
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7 Surprisingly Effective Ways To Stop Yourself From Crying

Whether it hits you in the middle of a subway ride, or at your desk after a particularly terrible day at work, the urge to cry can strike at the worst times. As one of the most relatable human experiences, crying in public has become such a rite of…
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Your Google Home Can Now Understand You In Multiple Languages

If you’ve ever tried using Google Home, or any virtual assistant, chances are you’ve dealt with the technology misinterpreting one of your commands at one point or another. And if you are multilingual, or speak accented English, you’re probably even…
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Goats Just Want You To Be Happy, According To A New Study

If you’ve ever gazed deeply into the terrifying horizontal slits of a goat’s eyes and thought, Gee, I wonder if this creature can interpret human emotions, then you’re in luck. A team of scientists at Queen Mary University of London found that goats…
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7 Science-Backed Ways To Make A Bruise Heal Faster

I’ve lost track of the number of times a friend has mentioned waking up with a mysterious bruise on her body. From a mystery discoloration on the leg after a fun night out, to a spot on the arm caused by accidentally hitting the doorframe (again!),…
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A Harvard Doctor Calls Coconut Oil “Pure Poison" In A Viral Video — But Here’s The Deal With That

Coconut oil has been heralded as the go-to cure for just about everything wellness-related, but in a viral video that’s reached nearly 1 million views, Harvard professor Karin Michels called coconut oil “pure poison,” shocking many people who…
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The Way You Felt About Gym As a Kid Can Change How You Feel About Exercising As An Adult

Middle school gym class just may be the singularly most divisive human experience out there — you were either a star athlete, or you went to bed with nightmares about a particularly gruesome game of dodgeball. For an uncoordinated giraffe of a teen…
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This Huge Penguin Colony’s Population Dropped By 90%, Possibly Thanks To Global Warming

Over the last three decades, the world’s largest colony of king penguins (and second largest penguin colony in the world) shrank by nearly 90 percent, a recent study published in Antarctic Science found. In the southern Indian Ocean territory of Île…
By Sanam Yar